In the Land of the Nizams The benefits of having grown up in Dubai and graduating from a boarding school in India is that you have friends in the four corners of the world. The downside is that you don't get to see them regularly and when you do decide to meet, you have to use sacred leave days to travel somewhere you may have been umpteen times. Of course, the point is to catch up with friends after months or years apart, but still... I've always tried to put as many eggs into my basket as I can and so my friends and I try to meet in a place . . .
Crusin' along the Dalmatian Coast Have you ever heard of the old adage, otherwise known as Murphy's Law, that, "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"? That is how my two girlfriends and I felt in the days leading up to our road trip to mark 10 years of graduation from University and 13 years of friendship. This particular trip was years in the making. Not only do we live in three different cities but each of us have very full schedules so trying to find a mutually convenient time to travel was an achievement in its own right. Getting . . .
Escape from Abu Dhabi Sir Bani Yas Island had been on the family bucket list since it had been opened to the public. After many months of talking about want to visit, we took advantage of a long public holiday weekend in October and booked a stay at the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Islands Resorts. Apparently, a couple dozen other couples/families had the same idea. Anantara manages and operates three distinct properties on the island, (1) Desert Islands, (2) Al Yamm and (3) Al Sahel, the latter two being villa properties. But let's start at . . .
Friday Nights are for Korean BBQ A couple of years ago, a friend made me drive to this particular eatery so that he could pick up his take-away. At the time, I didn't know about the wonders of Korean food and naturally looked at him with a disturbed expression on my face. Fast-forward a year later, this friend had since moved to Dubai and on one of those rare trips I make to Dubai for pleasure, he decided to take us to another Korean BBQ restaurant and introduce me to Korean cuisine. It was instant pyaar (aka love). The meat was perfectly . . .
Dancin' in the Lavender Farms It was a Sunday. I had arrived in London a day and a half before and whilst playing with my 3 month old niece could have occupied me for the rest of my trip (she is one cute baby!), being cooped up on a beautiful sunny day was not working for me. So after a little bit of whining, my brother conceded defeat but also broke the news to me that it was Ride London and all major roads in and out of London were probably going to be closed. We persevered, decided that we wouldn't let a pesky thing like closed roads stop . . .
Magical South Africa Magical, diverse, beautiful, exotic, wild, historical and jolly are just some of the adjectives that I would use to describe South Africa. It is a nation of diverse culture (there are 11 official languages), beautiful topography and some of the most charming people you would ever have the pleasure of meeting. I do not want to sweep its history of apartheid, poverty and crime under a carpet, but my intention for this article is to paint another story, one I don't think gets enough traction in today's media. And this is . . .