Rainy Baku

I’m in!

39911573-AF53-485F-BD70-EF3E88B8E612I started walking / running exercise routine in October when the weather just started getting colder. On some days the weather was still so nice that I walked in a T-shirt. Then gradually the temperature decreased. Baku is a windy city and our winds can make it unbearable to be outside. Even when the temperature doesn’t drop below zero, it feels like -10. I needed to adjust to these conditions somehow, so I started walking in the Old City. Inner part of Baku is protected by thick walls that date back to 12th century and they hid me from the wind. I loved walking there and exploring it’s labyrinths and I loved that no walk was as the one before. Each time I was changed a route and I always came across something interesting and beautiful, like suddenly noticing a beautiful ornament on the wall or a door made to…

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Sankranthi: The festival of new beginnings

Today is Bhogi in south India. Jantha wake up early and lit fire by burning old items and unwanted stuff. I am not one of those. I like piling up the racks for which I get earful from all those who unluckily pay a visit to my room!

So, what was I doing waking up early and not setting things on fire?

I went out for a walk. I wanted to catch a glimpse of the colourful rangoli in front of houses. But to my disappointment, not many women woke up by that time. And I did not want to risk taking a pic of the small number of women completing their artistic works. You never know because the dung ball, which must occupy the center stage of the rangoli, may be hurled at me! 😛

I could only snap these colourful flowers. I never knew that these flowers blossom on such a big tree and bloom in bunches.

Pleasant surprise!

Pleasant surprise!

Close up shot! Blurred! :(

Close up shot! Blurred! 😦

On my way back I could take pics of these majestic Azadirachta indicas!

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Happy Sankranthi everyone!

For all those who haven’t seen the colourful rangoli, here is an image from google:

Classic Sankranthi muggu!

Costa Rica Wasn’t The Country I Imagined.

Pura Vida! Awesomeness!

The Shooting Star

Costa Rica wasn’t part of my original Central America travel plan, because it seemed to be part of everyone else’s. I imagined this little country to be overrun by tourists and expats, and its culture to have been eroded by tourism. After all, it’s the only country in the region which has been extensively written about online.

Turns out, I was wrong.

I made a short two week trip to Costa Rica, while waiting for a friend to join me for a long trip through Nicaragua and Panama. And I instantly fell in love.

Costa Rica people, Costa Rica pura vida A Tico crossing over from Panama to Costa Rica!

The Pure Life

Pura Vida isn’t just Costa Rica’s tourism mantra. It really is how locals greet each other in the hinterlands! I’m yet to meet a people who live more in tune with nature in their daily lives. I’m yet to visit a place that is as developed and connected, yet…

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