What to pack for a ‘Round the World’ trip

What to pack for a ‘Round the World’ trip

30 August 2011 | By Lavanya | 30 Comments

Trip Planning

Before you start any backpacking trip, there are always a few important questions you ask yourself. One of them being – what all do you possibly pack for this? Packing has never been my strength. I somehow always manage to successfully over-pack oscillating in a confused state of mind between ‘you never knows’ and ‘what […]

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Clothes & Clichés

Clothes & Clichés

26 August 2011 | By Pawel | 0 Comments

Places, Syria

Even though a lot of women from Syria and other Arab countries, when in public, cover themselves using traditional attire (hijabs, burqas or chadors), it’s certainly not a rule in all situations of their daily life. And here’s the proof for that, we found one day, out in the open, while walking through the Souk […]

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Witnessing Syria’s new beginning

Witnessing Syria’s new beginning

23 August 2011 | By Pawel | 0 Comments

Places, Syria

When we planned our trip to Syria in March 2011, we were far from aware that we would soon witness what was the beginning of a landmark event in the history of the country. In fact for a good part of our 2 week stay there, Syria had seemed like a fairly calm and stable […]

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How NOT to find an apartment in Damascus, for under 20$ a night

How NOT to find an apartment in Damascus, for under 20$ a night

19 August 2011 | By Lavanya | 1 Comment

Places, Syria

When you’re travelling on a budget there comes this rather tiring and testing time when you’ve looked around at all the hotels and none of them match your budget or the basic acceptable standard you’ve set for yourself. We rarely tend to book the hostels or hotels in advance and have almost never faced a […]

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Mar Musa monastery – <br> an unforgettable experience

Mar Musa monastery –
an unforgettable experience

4 July 2011 | By Pawel | 0 Comments

Places, Syria

Until the end of our time in Syria, we weren’t entirely sure whether or not we wanted to visit Mar Musa monastery. Reading about it sure encouraged us to consider at least a short visit for a few hours, however given the weather conditions and the seemingly tough climb up a mountain to get there […]

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Photos: Common Man of Syria

Photos: Common Man of Syria

25 June 2011 | By Pawel | 6 Comments

Photography, Places, Syria

Our trip to Syria this March was completed right on the brink of the start of the protests in the country. During our last few days in Damascus, we witnessed what looked like peaceful rallies both pro and anti government around the old city and around the Souk al Hamadeiya. It was only a day […]

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5 ways to enjoy Dubai on a Budget

5 ways to enjoy Dubai on a Budget

12 June 2011 | By Lavanya | 6 Comments

Places, Travel Advice, UAE

I earlier wrote a post about how Dubai isn’t designed for budget travelers, however on the odd transit flight via here you might find yourself thinking: Heck why not see what the hype is all about! and staying for a day or two. And if you do choose to do so, don’t let my cynicism […]

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Syria – a Culinary Delight!

Syria – a Culinary Delight!

8 April 2011 | By Lavanya | 4 Comments

Places, Syria

There’s more to Middle Eastern cuisine (of which I’m a big fan) than just shawarmas and hummus. Though there are overlaps, each country in the region often has its own version or twist to a dish and sometimes even completely unique signature ones make their way to the menu. Syrian cuisine has a lot in […]

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Jordan in Pictures

Jordan in Pictures

1 April 2011 | By Lavanya | 0 Comments

Jordan, Photography, Places

Our trip to Jordan was so much more than what we’ve been able to articulate here. As pictures speak a thousand words, here are ours to tell you more.    

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Ma’a Salameh (Goodbye) Jordan.

Ma’a Salameh (Goodbye) Jordan.

9 March 2011 | By Lavanya | 0 Comments

Jordan, Places

Our 2 week trip to Jordan was for us, in many ways, the first real experience with a middle-eastern country. (In case you’re wondering how that’s so, since I’ve been living in Dubai since much before that – I’d say Dubai’s hardly truly middle-eastern in nature except in its location). Jordan had such a positive […]

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