Somewhere near Ruse, Bulgaria
9th June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania The coach hissed on the tracks, surprisingly reminiscent of India. And the open windows, took the eye to the distant edge of the world. Past a lengthy immigration stop, and a barrage of questions, The visions of yet another country – silently yet surely – was unfurled. It was a good run, Bucharest. But I am afraid we must finally part ways. I left the hostel in the morning, and headed to the train station. There was only one train everyday from Bucharest to Sofia, and that was at 12.50 PM. I had already bought the tickets […]

Project 365: Day 343 – The Bulgarian train odyssey

Herestrau skate park, Bucharest, romania
8th June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania The wheels are in motion. And they are soaked in adrenaline. And somehow, once again, I find myself again in the giant park. But not for the Indian festivities that clouded the horizon yesterday, But rather for the inlines, the bikes and the skates. And all their spark. I don’t know what’s with me and the Herestrau park, but I am back again here today. Well, it wasn’t intentional. It just happened that I was walking towards the central train station, and somehow, unintentionally my path led to the Herestrau, yet again. But I had something […]

Project 365: Day 342 – Skates and bikes. Rolling in Romania

Parvathy Baul in Bucharest, Romania
7th June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania Passed down in a history of oral traditions, with not a written word. In the company of only the Ektara strum and the Duggi beat. The Baul had me in a trance, although not a word was registered. Sometimes music transcends meanings. Not an easy feat. For the third time in a row, I was back in Herestrau park. But little did I know that today would be my favourite one. 2 days ago, I was here to check out the public parks and the lake. And yesterday, I came to see the Namaste India fair. Well, I came back […]

Project 365: Day 341 – Swaying to a Baul in Bucharest

Namrata Rai performing Kathak at Namaste India, in Bucharest, Romania
6th June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania A mere 25 days waited in front of me, To find myself back in the warmth of home. But then, home found its own way to come to me. After all, home is wherever your heart decides to roam. I decided to go back to the Herastrau park again today. But not to enjoy the public domain, rather for 2 other reasons. One was to see the Dimitrie Gusti National village museum. Another was to get a little taste of home. And I found the perfect partner to go along with. Cristina Istrati was not only a published […]

Project 365: Day 340 – From Bucharest. Namaste India.

Herestrau park in Bucharest, Romani
5th June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania It must have been love at first sight, When the colentina flowed into the large lake. And the love child grew up with a curious disposition. To build as many statues as an eye could take. I am determined to continue the good run in Bucharest, and decided to walk out on my own today. Exploring the gardens and parks in Bucharest. The day started with walks around the large Cismigiu garden, which stood verdant surrounding a lake which I would later learn was artificial. I entered from the main entrance near the city hall, and […]

Project 365: Day 339 – When Herastrau and Colentina met

Caruta cu Paiate monument in Bucharest, Romania
4th June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania The old city and yesterday’s events, were old news I had moved on. And that is one thing I have learnt. And so I bumped into a bunch of happy-go-lucky folks. Amusing they were. Recognisable, they definitely weren’t. I had put behind me yesterday’s events, and woke up with a fresh smile. The environment at the funky chicken hostel also helped to liven me up, with 2 Polish girls from Krakow who showered smiles all around, and brought some energy to the day. So, I stepped out to see a little bit more of Bucharest city […]

Project 365: Day 338 – Caragiale’s characters

Bucharest, Romania 2
3rd June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania I didn’t sing, or do the colourful Roma dance. And I walked around with a camera, the tourist stamp. Yet, a pretty girl asks me if I was a travelling gypsy. Not cool, Romania. I am going to remember this scamp. It wasn’t long ago that I was in Dresden, scared of the Pegida people. Or the time when I was in Monaco, and profiled by the cops. But the Balkans had helped me forget those 2 episodes, with the love and mutual respect they have been showering on me, all the way from Albania to […]

Project 365: Day 337 – A Gypsy with a camera?

Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary
2nd June 2015 – Budapest, Hungary The most eastern end of the Budapest railway, shone bright In the early sun rays, like a morning-eyed kitten. Thanks to old friends and new benefactors, The wanderlust still rages. I am ever so smitten. I should have have been on a flight to Dubai today, as per my original plan and budget when I first landed in Europe 3 months ago. But then, I had a masterstroke to try crowdfunding. To see if any of my friends hated me enough to keep me travelling longer and delay seeing my ugly face for a little longer. So, I created […]

Project 365: Day 336 – By rail through Romania

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