Life as an Alien

“We all begin as tourists. Somewhere along the way, some of us turn into travellers. And then, some of us choose to stay on.” I’m writing this post two months after our month long stay in Seoul. I must confess, quite often, I’ve faced traveller’s amnesia when it comes to writing posts on our past travels. Names…

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Changing Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Seoul has its fair share of palaces and palace complexes. We’d already explored Changdeokgung Palace on the earlier weekend and chose Gyeongbokgung Palace for the change of royal guard ceremony. Gyeongbokgung Palace can be easily reached by taking the subway line 3 to Gyeongbokgung station and exiting the station at Exit 5. Alternatively,  you can take line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station and leave…

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Freedom is not Free

When a significant power chooses to take over another culture; physically as well as geographically, freedom of thought is the first to be lost. Although, our knowledge of the Indian freedom struggle relies heavily on school text books, or stories of the aftermath (partition) that followed or movies; ‘colonialism‘ has never really been a pretty word. I’m glad we’re born after 1947.…

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Itaewon’s Blind Curves

There are many cool places to hangout in Seoul. Itaewon definitely tops the list. Famous for street shopping, Turkish food, a coffee shop at every corner, and those looking for some company; Itaewon is worth a visit. Upon exiting the subway station, you feel as though you’re thrown into a wave of loud music and…

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Seoul Food

Generally, I don’t pay much attention to local food. I could survive on bread & cheese or opt for fast food. And I would prefer vegetables over meat. I can visualise food lovers shaking their head in disappointment. I guess, I’m that not into food. And it works for us – as Basil is the foodie. Korean…

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Getting Touristy in Seoul

It was Basil’s fourth visit to Seoul and the first for me. Here’s what we didn’t expect. There are way too many places to discover, hike, or dine. It was hard to choose and we opted for sights that seemed mandatory. With Basil working during the week, we were left with weekends to explore Seoul – together.…

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Knock, Knock. Who’s There?

It’s a sleepy Saturday afternoon on a warm summer’s day. As we walked along the deserted roads in Seoul’s Heritage Village – few doors are open. No heads peep in curiosity or wait to be clicked. And yet, it makes perfect sense, to stick to the rules: no loudspeakers, hushed voices, and no secret photography. Bukchon Hanok, is…

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Notes from the Road

Every time we travel, I wonder how much of what we see or who we meet, will remain unaffected through our interaction. After-all, we did come from the outside, and that in-turn would alter the reality of those living in a world – very different from our own. And through every subsequent visit, by people, belonging to different worlds;…

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One Night in Bangkok

Much before we became seasoned travellers or thought of starting a travel blog, somewhere in 2007, we set off for our maiden international trip (together) to Thailand. Although it was a group tour, the price of the tour was what made us opt for it. It was the first and probably, last time, we opted for one. And…

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