Whenever I tell people that I visited 12 countries during my first 12 months in Sweden, I often get asked how I plan my travel, especially about managing finances. Obviously, neither I own any oil wells nor I am a drug dealer! So I need to plan budget trips and I’ve managed to do that successfully so far. You won’t believe how less our road trip to Norway cost, just SEK 2400 per person, that too including food, accommodation, fuel, toll tax, and car rentals. And we rented a Volvo V70, didn’t camp anywhere, and stayed in cabins. I’ll try to share some tips from my such experiences.
Last year, when I was riding on a bus from Munich to Trento (Italy), the bus passed through the heart of Austrian Alps, Innsbruck. The landscape from the bus window was itself so mesmerizing that I made a promise to myself to come back here next year. This summer, although I was trapped in Sweden with my thesis work, I made sure to take out a couple of weeks to visit Switzerland, Austria, and a little bit of Germany. I would say the most beautiful part of this trip was the time I spent in the Austria. Continue reading “A few days in Austrian Alps!”
Last summer, I went through a peculiar situation, My flatmate went home to India for the summer, the place where I was doing internship was almost empty because everyone else was on vacation; and I had to travel almost two hours every day, watching the fellow Stockholmers engrossed in their smartphones to get there. Basically, I had things to do, but no-one to talk to, so yeah, I was bored. In this boredom, as usual, music came to my rescue. During this time, I was mostly spending my free time with my audiophile friend Rohit, who convinced me that since I’m listening to music all the time, I must buy some good expensive headphones. After that, we spent almost a month trying out different headphones. After a certain point in time, we had to change the store where we used to go because all of the salespeople know those two guys who would come and try all the headphones over and over! Anyway, finally I ended up buying one of the Sony headphones, and in the months following that, I discovered how a good pair of headphones can transform your choice of music. I have always been a passive listener of music, and here’s the thing with passive listeners, they’re comfortable with music around them during all the times. But, it need not be same all the time, so I tried to use Spotify playlists to sort music according to moods. Continue reading “Being the guy with Headphones!”
This summer, I went in Trento in northern Italy, attending a summer school at Uni-Trento. Lot’s of things happened on the trip which made it even more memorable, I took a loooong bus ride to reach Trento from Stockholm, went on a sponsored “study” trip to Venice and even went on a hike to nearby Riva Del Garda. Continue reading “Two weeks in Trento”
One of the biggest perks of living on the edge of Baltic Ocean is the ease with which one can reach any country across the sea on an overnight cruise trip. After watching pictures of one of my friends, Jannis who went to Tallin, I got intrigued to see the unique architecture of this Eastern-European country. It’s funny how buildings at a place speak nearly everything about the history. Continue reading “The Estonian Travel Diary”