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1st July 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The memories will remain etched for ever Of a year that went by in poetry and pics. But its not the places that will spring to mind. Its only – and always – the people who will stick. I thought this day would never come, but it’s day 365 today!   Its been 35 countries (and Kosovo), spread across 3 different continents. With 21 international flights, 23 international border crossings by land and couchsurfing in 20 countries. Riding a motorbike through 12000 km of the indian subcontinent, including the cold Himalayan roads of Nepal and […]

Project 365: Day 365 – That’s all, ladies and gentlemen!


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2nd May 2015 – Warsaw, Poland The high-rises are boring even without the communism. So, lets splash some colour and some activism. And after that, lets ride away to a distant airfield. And put on those dancing shoes, for a mediterranean rhythm. I have had the pleasure of meeting a few interesting artists on this trip so far. Or actually, meeting their works! While Cerny piqued my interest for Prague, the Warsaw scene was made a lot more brighter by a lesser-known Italian graffiti artist. Blu is the pseudonym of this graffiti artist without a face, very similar to the famous Banksy. But unlike Bansky, […]

Project 365: Day 305 – A graffiti artist called Blu


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1st May 2015 – Warsaw, Poland   On a labour day, I find not inclined to the labourer. I find myself cheering away the changing of a guard. Warsaw has cobblestone streets and paved roads, And they make one hell of a sight when stomped hard. The day had a bright red and white tinge to it. Most importantly because of all the Polish flags that were flying around Warsaw. There were 2 reasons why there were so many flags, and why the presidential palace had a live rendering of traditional songs. One was the Polish flag day, which was on the 3rd […]

Project 365: Day 304 – The tomb of the unknown soldier



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30th April 2015 – Warsaw, Poland So, what if there is no ocean around it? Warsaw still serves you the beach, albeit faked. There was soft sand, and the rhythm of the water. Only thing: Not enough warmth, for which I ached. I made up for all the laziness yesterday, by having a full-fledged day today. What started from 9 in the morning, working on my blog at Starbucks, stretched into an evening playing laser tag with some couch surfers at the W5 arena at Wavelska. Funny, because there was just 3 of us and a giant, big-ass laser tag field for […]

Project 365: Day 303 – There is a beach in Warsaw?


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29th April 2015 – Warsaw, Poland A familiar castle, I walked into again. Or wait. I couldn’t walk in. I just watched From outside, a sight I couldn’t explore before. Both sides of the twilight, the view is unmatched. Well, today was another lazy day. I need such days once in a while, definitely. So, I stayed in. Almost the whole day. Enjoying the comfort of Beata’s couch, and the contents of her fridge. A day well-spent, I must say. After twilight, I finally managed to step out a little bit. Towards the Nowy Swiat area, or the old town of Warsaw. […]

Project 365: Day 302 – Lazy days. Castle nights.


Vistula river in Warsaw, Poland
28th April 2015 – Warsaw, Poland   The baltics were a distant memory, fading by the mile. I was on my way now, headed to familiar sights. Past the bridge on the vistula, I headed straight For my couch. Fun will have to turn up on other nights. I celebrated my 300 days, with a really long bus-ride today. I left Tallinn in the early hours of 6 AM, on a lux express bus headed to Vilnius. After passing Riga, Vilnius came into sight around 2 pm. And from there, I caught another bus, this time to Warsaw. I was going back […]

Project 365: Day 301 – Back to the Vistula shores



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23rd March 2015 – Warsaw, Poland It has been a long road, ladies and gentleman And I’ve watched the days go by, counting them. This is not another landmark day or a milestone. But there are only hundred more days for this gem.   It takes a little bit of time to realise that I only have 100 days ahead of me now.   Let me make it clear. Travelling is never tiring for me. If I had the money, I would have made this a project 3650, instead of just a year. But the dullness seems to now creep in because […]

Project 365: Day 265 – Only a hundred more days


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22nd March 2015 – Warsaw, Poland There is no such thing as a free lunch, Someone said. He obviously discounted sundays. And the fact that the castle opened its doors on this day, and let opulence lead you to a daze.   Today was a sunday. And that made it a free entrance to the Warsaw royal castle!   I had delayed visiting this till sunday, obviously because I wanted to save a few bucks on the entrance fee. And today, I found someone to go along with and see the castle a little bit. Located in the castle square, the royal […]

Project 365: Day 264 – Inside the royal castle of Warsaw


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21st March 2015 – Warsaw, Poland Its only been 9 months for me, not even  a full calendar year, I am sorely afraid. But in the most unexpected of places, I delve Into a new year. Lot of mirth, and songs were played.   One of my friends in Warsaw, invited me to a Nowruz gathering in town today. And so, I went.   Nowruz is the new year day for the Iranian calendar, and is annually celebrated on the eve of the northward equinox on March 21st, when the night and day are exactly at the same proportion.   Turns out […]

Project 365: Day 263 – Iranian Nowruz in Warsaw



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20th March 2015 – Warsaw, Poland Between two palaces, lies a park so wide that it is big enough to hold yet another palace. From white houses and white statues, What else this place holds, is worth a guess.   My walking today, which I do quite a lot nowadays, took me to the Lazienski park.   Occupying 76 hectares, this massive park-and-palace complex is stuffed with structures, ranging from a Chopin monument, to a water palace. There is also a roman theatre and a building actually called the white house.   I might have clicked a lot of pictures today, but […]

Project 365: Day 262 – Parks, palaces, and peacocks.


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19th March 2015 – Warsaw, Poland By the bank of the Vistula river, spring had Slowly started to peek with its beautiful eyes. The camera lenses will come and go. But, Old town will remain the abode of Copernicus, wise.   Spring seems to be here already. Or at least, the spring tourists are here already.   I think I found this the hard way, when I stepped out for a walk into Poland’s old town today. There were throngs of tour-groups walking everywhere in the middle of Poland’s historic city centre. And amidst them all, I was the lone wolf, walking […]

Project 365: Day 261 – In a Copernicus town


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18th March 2015 – Warsaw, Poland After 13 hours in a cramped bus ride that tested My flexibility and my legs, I finally came into being. In the middle of a city that oscillated between socialist and capitalist, there stood a grand, old, peking.   I reached, rather groggily, into Warsaw at 11 AM in the morning. After a ridiculously long 13 hours, and 2 chapters of ‘Dance with the dragons‘.   Thankfully, Warsaw has a metro service, which managed to take me quickly to my CS host, who lived alone with her beautiful Shih Tzu dog. After a few hours of […]

Project 365: Day 260 – The tallest building in Poland



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This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning