Austin

The thing about Sam is that she does not like visiting people. She is the quintessential host with queen bee like traits. Boils down to you visiting her. Which I actually like. It has become akin to going home once a year. There is always a fridge full of food and a home full of love. Anyway, this isn’t one about one of my visits to Singapore. She came to Dallas in December 2015 for work, and since Dallas doesn’t swing my boat (or anyone else’s for that matter!), we decided to do a road trip to Austin for the weekend. Duly pulled in Adnan too. Continue reading “Austin”

Manhattan

One of my favorite cities by far. The vibe of this city is one of the best in US. Living in New York for a year has been on the list for a while, but for now I have been sneaking in trips whenever possible. I am pretty sure that I haven’t even scratched the surface of what this city has to offer. But I still have a definitive list of must-do things.  Continue reading “Manhattan”

New Mexico

Dated – July, 2015

First long (and free) weekend of 2015. A weekend when I wasn’t required to carry my laptop or my phone. So, New Mexico happened. It was one of those really short conversations, which ended up in us booking flight tickets, with no plan in hand. The intent was to stay away from the crowd, which on a long weekend is a pretty tough thing to do. Needless to say, we were extremely successful. New Mexico is solitude exemplified. With killer landscape. Continue reading “New Mexico”

Solvang and Santa Ynez

Dated – February, 2015

This happened back in February I think. Had just got my license. So picked up a rental on a random weekend. Solvang is a three hour drive from LA (130 miles). As you will notice in this post, I don’t have a high opinion about this place. It is a fake Danish town built to cater to tourists. And I don’t do pretentious. S says that I should write about the bad ones as well. Too much of good ain’t a good thing. 🙂 Continue reading “Solvang and Santa Ynez”

LA to San Francisco through PCH

Dated – August, 2015

Driving in US has been great! Except for a few minor ‘incidents’, I have largely been accident and injury free (to self and others). After spending about six months without a car, the ability to drive has been absolutely liberating. In a country where public transport is frowned upon, it is alarming how a small task like getting groceries becomes a challenge. Well, all that is sorted now. But the lack of public transport will always be a big negative for this country. Continue reading “LA to San Francisco through PCH”

Los Angeles – Sun, Cafes and Music

The shift to LA happened about a year back. I keep saying that change is a good thing, but this was no joke. Even I struggled significantly in the first few months. There is something extremely alien about unknown roads, foreign sights and sounds without the reassurance of a return ticket to home. To top it, I had left behind close ones and the charm of running back to the known and familiar was extremely high. Continue reading “Los Angeles – Sun, Cafes and Music”

Sequoia National Park/Springville

I like how well placed LA is. National forests, vineyards, beaches – all within a 2-3 hour drive (or lesser). Makes summer weekends very pleasant. And spontaneity, fairly easy. S and I had not done a trip in a while. So, Sequoia happened in August last year. It is the forest with the very large trees. We have become extremely used to going to destinations with absolutely no plans. With the advent of airbnb, hostelworld and couchsurfing, the need to plan ahead of time has almost gone away. As usual, all camp sites were booked out in the forest. So we settled for Springville, about 35 miles from Sequoia. Chanced upon Michal’s beautiful place through Airbnb.

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