Roma Colosseum

3 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Travelling to Rome

Have you ever returned from a trip and, upon reflection, found yourself thinking, “If only I had known some of this stuff BEFORE I went!”? At this point, you probably just shake your head and then convince yourself to move on without any regrets ’cause YOLO. Along with a timely reminder about the value of real-life…

Florence – The Heart Thief

All it took was one day. Firenze sneaked its way in and made a clever getaway with my heart. It’s funny really, I had planned out the itinerary for every city to a T. Except Florence. And perhaps, that was the reason I fell in love with it. There were no trains to catch, no tickets booked…

piazza dei miracoli

Pisa – A Comedy of Errors

We almost didn’t make it to Pisa. In retrospect, I can label it a comedy of errors and laugh about it. But at the time, it seemed less like an adventure and more like the universe was conspiring against us *cue panic attack*. Though short on time and money, the crazed tourist in me was insistent upon…

The Magic of Paris on Foot

Paris is a bon vivant, strolling through cobbled streets with an air of nonchalance, sprinkling fairy dust in its wake. It inspires and awes, never taking itself too seriously, always willing you to discover more but never quite enough. The only fear I had on my flight was that I might find it overrated –…

A Weekend in Berlin – Top 10 Places to Visit

Berlin is a city that glimmers with the promise of adventure, culture, extraordinary architecture and, of course, fantastic food. However, dig a little deeper into its past and you’ll discover a dark history from being the headquarters of the Nazis to being bombed into ruins, divided into two and finally re-united into the city that we see…

Düsseldorf – A Tour of the Landtag

Famous for its remarkable architecture and its art scene, Düsseldorf is one of Germany’s largest cities and the capital of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. As part of the seminar organised by Friedrich Naumann Foundation, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Landtag – the state parliament that convenes in Düsseldorf.…

A Few Hours in Cologne – Things To Do

Given a choice, I would’ve opted to spend a lot more time in this gorgeous city, however, circumstances being very much out of my control, all the travel gods granted me were 5 hours, a phone battery that was on its last legs and a very cramp-y stomach. The only silver lining? I learnt to make…

View of Gummersbach

Gummersbach – A Fairytale Town

Nestled in the midst of green hills and fields, Gummersbach is quite possibly one of the most peaceful places on earth you will ever come across. The closest cities are Cologne and Dusseldorf and though you may not have heard of it (I know I hadn’t!), it is quite famous in Germany for its handball team, I…