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Twenty Seven on 27th

I wasn’t unhappy because I was getting old. I was unhappy because the life that I had envisioned for myself by the time I hit 27 was nowhere close to the one that I was currently living in.

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Paragliding in Georgia

Having tried Parasailing a couple of times in Malaysia, I yearned to give Paragliding a go too in Georgia. I wished to get certified and fly by myself but I lacked both cash and time. Nevertheless, I knew that I could still experience it with an instructor behind me, without having to worry about the… Continue reading Paragliding in Georgia

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Azerbaijan: All you need to know Guide

"From Places to Visit: The Maiden Tower claims to have an interesting yet sad story attached to it. Locals say that a princess from the 12th century requested the building of the Maiden Tower after the king (who was also her father) asked to marry her. She waited until it was completed and promised to marry him after it is ready. When the Maiden Tower's construction was all done, she jumped off from the top and gave her life away."

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Review: Amboran Beach Club, Baku, Azerbaijan

Amboran Beach club is 30-40 minutes away from the main city of Baku, Azerbaijan. It is dedicated for those who'd like to chill out in a nice ambiance, swim, sunbath, party and take a daycation during the weekends. Reasons I chose to visit: I was craving to see the Caspian Sea and there was no… Continue reading Review: Amboran Beach Club, Baku, Azerbaijan

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Things I learnt about Azerbaijan in 4 days

1. Azerbaijani people are very hospitable They go out of their way to help you, serve you when you are their guest, and make you feel at home. They are super friendly and easy to talk to! 2. Not everyone can speak English If you are going to explore the country by yourself, good luck… Continue reading Things I learnt about Azerbaijan in 4 days

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Top 10 trekking spots around Riyadh: how many have you visited?

Eid is fast approaching and ticket prices are skyrocketing with every passing day. If staying within the city is what you choose for this year's Eid vacation, here are the top trekking spots to visit in and around Riyadh city: 1. Hidden Canyon The not-so-hidden canyon has recently gained popularity for mini cliff diving and… Continue reading Top 10 trekking spots around Riyadh: how many have you visited?

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I saw change. I assumed.

I went to the mall today. It wasn't planned. I just had to get out of the car, quickly cross the highway road hoping that the fast moving cars would slow down for me and help make my way into the parking area of the mall. There was no traffic signal around the area which… Continue reading I saw change. I assumed.

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Self reflection: Never say never

Judging someone is so easy. The choices that people make, the things they do, the clothes they wear, the friends they choose, the sins they commit whether openly or secretly, are at the end of the day, choices that only those people will be held accountable for. However, when we look down upon people instead… Continue reading Self reflection: Never say never

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A weekend in Bahrain: 11 exciting things to do

Bahrain is a little country that you can easily see within 48 hours. It is the closest and cheapest respite for those living in Saudi Arabia to spend their weekend away in another “country”. Some go to party while others go to chill out and relax. As for me, I go to indulge in a… Continue reading A weekend in Bahrain: 11 exciting things to do

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Top 7 things to do at Bahrain’s AlDar Islands

    Bahrain, unfortunately does not have public access to clean beaches and water activities. However, private firms operate ferries and sea taxis which take you to a variety of islands for an entry price. The most popular one is AlDar Islands which can easily be reached via ferry from Sitra. Their office is just… Continue reading Top 7 things to do at Bahrain’s AlDar Islands

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Run away

Sometimes, silence is better. A storm is playing within But no one needs to know. Keep it to yourself and Let it go. It does take a special someone To understand, feel and break the painful silence. But, what can you do when They are devoid of your remembrance? So, go on with the undesired… Continue reading Run away

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Turn the Page

Pour it down, let it wash away Ain't nobody waiting to hold it today Why would you even expect that? They call you crazy- straight out flat. And perhaps, it's okay 'Cos you let them close like bae. They had a choice to handle you with care When you're down Or, to simply walk away.… Continue reading Turn the Page

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Yeah, you’re fat!

My body, just like any other girl's body, has been a topic of discussion for as long as I can remember. I have never been even close to my ideal weight range no matter what my age was. I was always on the heavier side. While I was admired and loved for being so cute and… Continue reading Yeah, you’re fat!

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Why I chose Sri Lanka for an all girls’ trip?

After taraweeh prayers, my friends and I were on the dining table gulping food that we missed during the whole day. It was the month of Ramadan. Tired of our monotonous routines (yeah, routines are monotonous, I know- tautology 😉 ), we just mentioned about traveling together. It had to be a country that each… Continue reading Why I chose Sri Lanka for an all girls’ trip?

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Interested in Bird Feeding? Visit the Protected birds’ Sanctuaries close to Riyadh

Interested in spending your weekend with the birds? The central region of Saudi Arabia has two great options to help you get closer to the nature. You can feed different kinds of birds and enjoy the cuteness of their flight around you. 1. Visiting AlWashm Bird’s Sanctuary  AlWashm Protected Bird’s Sanctuary lies on Makkah road, very… Continue reading Interested in Bird Feeding? Visit the Protected birds’ Sanctuaries close to Riyadh

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ما هو بعيد

أنا  في صراع مع ما هو بعيد قد بدأت القصة في أيام العيد ليتني عرفت أنه سيستغرق وقتا طويلا ربما كنت قد جهزت نفسي لأشهر مملة استمتع جدا الان لكن اسأل نفسي هل سترى المرآة دائما الأسنان؟ لا أريد حياتي أن تكون سوداء أو بيضاء أخاف أني أكمل فقط الأركان أكيد أن العالم سيعطيني الألوان… Continue reading ما هو بعيد

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Ushaiqer Heritage Village and Mount Top Day Trip

The Ushaiqer Heritage Village is around 180 kms away from the city of Riyadh, quite close to Shaqra town. It is a well-known village known for its ancient Saudi heritage and had been famous as a stopover destination for pilgrims from the neighboring countries of Saudi Arabia who wanted to perform umrah and hajj. The… Continue reading Ushaiqer Heritage Village and Mount Top Day Trip

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Multi Cultural Day: Saudis with the non- Saudis in Riyadh

We are all the same yet so different. To celebrate the diversity that the Couch Surfing community in Riyadh has, a multicultural day event was organized in the mid of this month. Around 100 men and women belonging to different countries and cultures adorned themselves in their traditional outfits and wore their flags as a… Continue reading Multi Cultural Day: Saudis with the non- Saudis in Riyadh

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Spending your winters in Saudi Arabia? Take a day trip to “Edge of the World”

Those of you who have been living in Saudi Arabia for quite some time know the limited options we have when it comes to going out on an adventure. And if you’re a woman who just cannot sit at home and let the monotony of city life bore you away, then Saudi feels much duller… Continue reading Spending your winters in Saudi Arabia? Take a day trip to “Edge of the World”

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All about Armenia: Top 10 Reasons to Visit

The country of Armenia is so underrated when it comes to tourism. Perhaps, it won't even qualify in your shortlisted vacation spots for the next holiday. If you are trying to find a country that offers all that a tourist (or a backpacker) wants, and still spend very less for the overall trip, look no… Continue reading All about Armenia: Top 10 Reasons to Visit

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Day trip to Lake Sevan on a Budget: Traveling in Armenia

Visiting Armenia and not going to Lake Sevan is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. Lake Sevan is the largest freshwater lake in Armenia and is so beautiful that you can spend hours at a stretch at this place. This lake is around 73 kms away from the city centre of… Continue reading Day trip to Lake Sevan on a Budget: Traveling in Armenia

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How to go Yenokavan from Yerevan on a budget: Ziplining in Armenia

These tour agencies annoy me. Their exorbitant prices are seriously not worth it. I'm talking about the group tours. Private tours are another hole-in-the-pocket kind of story. I get it, if you are short on time, lazy to research, or just want a relaxing vacation with family, tour agencies simply do the work for you.But,… Continue reading How to go Yenokavan from Yerevan on a budget: Ziplining in Armenia

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Armenian adventure: Finding a place to stay

Highlights: If you arrive late into Yerevan, ✓Buy a Sim card at Viva Cell MTS (Open 24/7) ✓Exchange currency at SAS Supermarket (Open 24/7) ✓Skip the hotels and stay at Rooms Hostel; best experience ever Remember the nightmare that I was talking about in my previous post? (You can read about how we entered into… Continue reading Armenian adventure: Finding a place to stay

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Entering Armenia from Georgia by Road: All you need to know

After enjoying Batumi for 2 days (read what I did in Batumi here: Batumi Adventures: Top things to do), we took the train for 20 GEL per person to go back to Tbilisi. It takes around 5-6 hours and is super comfortable and has Air-conditioning for a second class seater train. We had to come… Continue reading Entering Armenia from Georgia by Road: All you need to know