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November 15, 2018
My Favorite Destination: Igloo’s In India
Last winter, I stayed at a seasonal igloo camp in India. Can you believe it? Igloos in India! My friends can’t either when I tell them about it. But now, every year from late January through March there’s an igloo camp in Manali, India.
Many of us just dream of staying in an igloo or ice hotel but never get the chance. And getting there is a bit of a challenge, but the chance to stay in an eco-friendly and economical igloo in India was definitely worth it.
You fly to Chandigarh Airport and take an oh-so-long 10 or 11 hour drive to Manali in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The trip managers arrange for us to stay in a bed and breakfast that night.
The next day, they dress us up in snow gear and drive us to Sethan Valley in the hills near the famed Hamta Pass. Little hamlets, prayer flags and trees line the roads there. Once at the top of the valley, we get a glimpse of the camp below and then trudge and tumble through a foot of snow to get there.
We’re greeted with warm tea and soon start taking pics of the camp. Of course, those pics weren’t as good as the ones we took after breakfast the next morning when my friends were scrambling to pose atop the igloos. 😉 It really was an amazing experience spending a night in an igloo in the middle of nowhere. And waking up to see the sunlight filtering in to the snow. That was indescribable!
The igloo camp also has sleds and skis for some fun times. A bunch of us also walked almost halfway down to the river Beas nearby. Would have gone all the way if we had known it was there. Hmm… But we only found out about the river after we got back to the camp.
After a few more hours of communing with nature, it was time to pack up and leave. I wish we could have stayed longer. It was such an amazing experience!
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November 8, 2018
My Favorite Destination: Baños de Agua Santa
Baños de Agua Santa is one of our favorite places in South America for many reasons. First, this small Ecuadorian town is found at a much lower altitude than most of the country, which allows higher temperatures and no struggles to breathe. It is also an incredible place that is surrounded by rolling mountains and rushing torrents, ideal for adventure sports enthusiasts or nature lovers like us.
What we loved is that Baños is easily reachable from the capital Quito after a quick 4-hour bus ride across the gorgeous highlands of the country. And if you decide to continue a bit further down the road, you can even enter the Amazon and discover as part of a short trip, the jungle wildlife or visit remote communities living off the grid.
However, our favorite part would undoubtedly be the Swing at the edge of the World… A fun and affordable activity that takes you on a huge swing at the top of a mountain with nothing else ahead (or below) other than a gorgeous fertile valley and a smoky volcano! Finally, what ended stealing our hearts for good, were the several hot water springs that are a result of the local volcanic activity, in which we would relax at the end of each day filled with unforgettable adventures.
To read more about Baños, visit Tales From The Lens’ article: Baños de Agua Santa – 4 unforgettable experiences on a budget.
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Spoiler Alert: Next Thursday Travel Blogger: My Favorite Destination will be from James at Travel Collecting
November 1, 2019
My Favorite Destination: New York City
New York City, The City of Dreams, The City that Never Sleeps, The Empire City, Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made Of. The self-declared capital of the world is called many things; but it is never called dull. There really is an electricity in the air in NYC. You really do feel the possibilities are endless.
This culturally rich gateway for immigrants is home to ethnic enclaves speaking every language on earth. The aromas of every cuisine from Albania to Zambia wafts through the city streets and the Statue of Liberty lifts her lamp beside the golden door.
It goes without saying there is something for everyone here. Are you’re a culture vulture? There are 113 in the island of Manhattan alone. Ballet, symphony, cinema as varied as the Bosnian and Senegalese Film Festivals. It’s all here.
New York is home to some of the most recognizable and iconic sights, think Times Square, Empire State Building, Lincoln Center and Central Park. The City’s true character, however, lies in its neighborhoods; SOHO, Chelsea, The Upper East and West Sides, Harlem, Little Korea, Chinatown and many, many more.
The clichés are true. You really CAN get a pastrami on rye with mustard at 2 o’ clock in the morning if you want. You can even get it delivered to your apartment which, if you live in The City, is probably a teeny, tiny studio apartment measuring 300 square feet. But you love it anyway because, hey! You’re in New York!
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