This is pretty unbelievable but I finally hit the magic mark of 1K followers on Instagram, where I’ve been lurking for way longer than I should have. The s**tty Instagram algorithm had nothing to do with this and all credit goes duly to the sumptuous Bengali breakfast that I prepared over the weekend (and one that I simply cannot believe to have pulled off) which was so kindly shared by my incredibly talented friends @bongeats in the Insta stories (this is their foolproof recipe, after all). Anyway, for those of you who found their way here with promises of travel and good food, let me tell you this. THANK YOU. And, this. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED (kinda, sorta). Although journaling my travels and gluttony on my blog started as mere hobby in 2014 (as in I had no idea of what I was doing), I became all “I mean business” and polished in 2017 when I migrated to a new platform with a new look and feel. With lots of detailed posts that did not look like the ramblings of a crazy woman.
On my blog, you will find travel guides for both bipeds and quadrupeds, as in dog friendly destinations, thanks to @babuthetraveldog, our furry bundle of joy. There are detailed insider guides to my adopted home San Francisco, lots of small town California travel and other travel guides from my explorations in rest of USA, Mexico and Europe. My favorite posts are my road trips and foodie guides, because my travel is pretty much photography and food centered. I might be an amateur photographer, but am a very seasoned glutton.
As my blog has evolved, so have my tastes and sensibilities. I am no longer content in writing about popular destinations; like seriously who needs another “X things to do in Amsterdam/Paris/Barcelona” but aspire to showcase lesser known destinations to my readers and highlight these options in this era of mass tourism. If my off-kilter travel guides and gastronomic finds can help inspire you to shake off that ennui and get going, I’d pat myself for a job well done. So thank you again for following me and if you are curious enough, click the link in my bio/profile to check out my blog.
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Hit my 70th country!! Hello TURKEY! I have been wanting to come here for so long. Only been here a day and we've met the coolest people and explored both the Europe and Asia side. Turkish hospitality is amazing, I feel at home. Cant wait to keep exploring!
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Y'all I strongly dislike Mondays but you just can't beat that "I got my shit together" feeling after you spend an hour reorganizing this week's agenda while drinking some piping hot green tea 😜
Let me know if you know what feeling I am talking about 🙌
Focus on the step in front of you 👣
Not the whole staircase ⚡️
Just a reminder today as you scroll, to not get bogged down by your never ending list. Or distracted by comparison of someone else’s “middle” or “end” compared to your beginning. Put those blinders on, step by step. Day by day. Slow progress is STILL PROGRESS. Success takes time, it takes patience.
Stop managing your TIME and start managing your FOCUS.
Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
40 3231 hour ago
IG remake, bed edition. Swipe at your own risk lmao
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of your life.
3 362 hours ago
Have you ever heard of yarn bombing or better yet yarn storms?? 😂😂 Neither had we until tonight but pretty sure it's the most ridiculous and epic thing ever! Similar to graffiti in urban areas but way fuzzier and cute 🤣🤣🤣 check it out #yarnbomb
Where’s Waldo? 🙋♀️Can you find me in the photo? Just a little polka dot girl at the beach! 💙
Last photo of Laguna with a full view of the landscape! 🙌 @visitlaguna
O que é um pontinho de poá na praia? Sou eu 🙋♀️😂 haha! Conseguiram me achar ali?
Última fotinha de Laguna para mostrar para vocês toda essa paisagem maravilhosa! 🙌🙌 #visitlaguna
The sun, the sand, & a coconut in my hand. Wishing I was back in Mexico hanging on the beach 🌴 Cozumel, Mexico is my most visited travel destination since it’s one of the main stops on every Caribbean cruise!
Attached at the hip for 3 weeks + it wasn’t half bad 🤪
✨[SWIPE TO SEE US SITTING IN A GIANT CLOG]✨
🍟 we ate ALL the fries & waffles😍,👫 made new friends with people/🐮/🐻/🐶 from all over the world,🌍explored the wonders of our now favorite cities, 💒 attended an Ecuadorian/Dutch wedding filled with family + love 💕,🗺 lost our passports n’ missed our flight for a little extra adventure ✈️ ..... and I wouldn’t have had it any other way 🤗
Thanks for adventuring wif me @stevenisdrew🥰
11 3334 hours ago
The Scatter Necklace 💫 // inspired by the Georgian period, but on a gold fill Victorian inspired watch chain. Best part is the swivel clasp opens so you can switch out your pendant for other charms. 👍🏼💛 dm for purchase while it makes its way online #mercurialnyc
#AD Upped my skincare routine with some new products my momma and me found during the #BestieFaceForward sale at @target, and now I got my little furry bestie keeping me company while I do some self-care!✨💫 These @neutrogena and @cleanandclear products are some of my favorite skincare staples, and I grabbed some products I've been wanting to try! BTW did I mention we saved some serious $$$…you get a $10 Visa gift card when you spend $30 on Neutrogena and Clean&Clear products. Check out my story for further details and to see my top picks! Link is in my bio to redeem your $10 - make sure you save your receipt! #bestiefaceforward#bestiesaleever#neutrogena#cleanandclear#targetstyle#target
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This week... My client Rabeeta got her Dream Career! So Proud!! 🙌🏽✨ My other client, a trained musician finally found his voice!!! AND how to actually feel the music he was playing on piano with the full depth of emotion.
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You’re ready to grow, you can do it.
It’s really not that hard, you can change.
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Early bird gets the city to herself. 💃🏻 Disclaimer: my body clock was still in the Oz time zone so waking up early was not a problem for the first few days. After that?... Back to the usual struggle. 🤭 #travelwithalambyl#wheninrome 🇮🇹
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My fourth stop on this journey through Russia 🚂: the city of Ekaterinburg! Crossed the border between Europe and Asia, so now I’m officially back on my favorite continent 😁 #asiahereicomeeee 👐🏽 this city really surprised me more than I thought it would - surrounded by beautiful nature with historical sites like on the first photo (the Ganina Yama Monastery), on the second photo the Europe/Asia border filled with colorful ribbons 🎀 , and on the third photo a sunset over the city from the Vysotsky tower 🌅 would you like to visit Russia?
132 6,60013 September, 2019
Havin a quick lil frolic in Cape Town’s most colorful neighborhood before a super fun 26 hours in the air back to California. Yep, its far.
Some facts about the colorful Bo Kaap neighborhood that’s becoming so popular in the blogger/instahoe world:
1. It’s pronounced “boo-uh cup”
2. The houses date back to the 1760’s when heaps of rental houses where built and leased to slaves that came from Malaysia, Indo, and the rest of mama Africa to work in the cape
3. The houses originally had to be white while leased to slaves, so when that stupid rule was finally lifted and the former slaves were allowed to buy the properties, they painted them as bright and colorful as possible to express their freedom!!!! 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
4. Many of the families that live there have been there for generations
. #southafricaza#southafrica 🇿🇦 #visitsouthafrica#travelsouthafrica#travelafrica#bokaap#africanheritage
118 1,01810 September, 2019
• R U OK? 💛Today is R U OK day. It is held annually on the 2nd Thursday of September. It’s a national day of ACTION that encourages Australians to connect with people who have emotional insecurity, and to remind everyone that ANY DAY is the day to ask - “are you okay?” And to support those struggling with social isolation and life.💫
Let’s get real! Life can be tough (for all of us and for different reasons). We never truely know what battles someone is struggling with or facing! We probably never truly will. And if you have ever felt like you are alone, you are NOT! Never forget you have a support system around you. Your family, and if not your family, your friends, and if not your friends, your colleagues or acquaintances and there are always help lines you can call!! There is never a time you won’t be able to speak with someone. 💕
Seriously! You will find the most beautiful of souls in the most unexpected of places. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d make friends through the internet, but here we are. I have! A community full of positivity, for which I will be forever thankful for! 💖💗
If you only let go of the fear of opening up, being judged, or whatever it may be, to whoever you do, you won’t be and what’s more is you will know (feel) who the right person is! and if you think you don’t have someone, well you’re wrong because you always will! And just in case, I’m here!! Just a dm away! ☀️✨
📸: @adventuresofabrunette •🌸🌸
182 1,35712 September, 2019
Never underestimate what can be accomplished with hard work and patience #labourandwait
71 4,74313 September, 2019
All on board the Trans Siberian! 😁🚂 crossing Russia and riding in a train through the depths of the biggest country in the world has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid! Had a lot of hurdles to make this trip happen, but I’m thankful to finally be here and experience places that I had never heard of before, talk to locals about their reasons to travel such long distances on the train, and of course seeing the beautiful scenery as we ride past the endlessness of Siberia. 🌏 ⠀ ⠀
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More from this trip on my stories 🤗
317 10,34810 September, 2019
Ciao Italia, mi sei mancata!
The center of positano was already crowded in the morning, but I loved it so much; I couldn't believe the blue tones of this water although the volcanic black sand 💙 •