A look back at the year that was -2021
2021 was an incredible year filled with new beginnings. We took our first international trip at the beginning of the year with our infant son. We came back with boatloads of memories and learnings of being new parents. The first few months served us well in terms of travel, with February in Mysore and March in Goa. Taking baby steps to make big leaps and slowly and steadily making our son a part of our way of life.
As the bliss of maternity leaves got over and Riya went back to working full time, we planned on making complete use of our work from home option to travel to Uttarakhand and work from the mountains. But as fate would have it, we had to cancel our tickets and all plans due to the 2nd wave.
What came next was difficult. We lost some of our close ones to Covid as we held on to our near and dear ones as tightly as we could. Those few months of hardship taught us how incredible we are as a community. From people reaching out door to door to offering help to people making meals and delivering to those in need, we saw the best of us come forward to stand strong in this situation.
As the rage of Covid started to subside out travel plans started to emerge. For the first time, we did the most impulsive thing ever. We decided to jump on a flight the next day and go explore Agra. No itinerary, no hotels booked, just impromptu. And I must say it was the best feeling ever.
The next few months went on planning and building our studio, something we had dreamt of for a long time. Picking up wall colors to choosing tiles we had a wonderful time transforming our abode from a sketch in the book to reality.
As the year came closer to an end, we were excited to take the last trip and of course, renew our vows. We chose Sri Lanka and planned up a 10-day itinerary. And after a gap year, we did it…we did it again. There could not have been a better ending to the year than standing by the ocean having the breeze caress our faces and us cuddling our son watching the sunset together.
There is no place that I could compare to or even come close to the gorgeousness of Kashmir. It’s like walking into a painting, like being in a movie where every part, every element has been artistically set up, like listening to your favourite music playing on a loop, like poetic romanticism in the air, like finding inspiration everywhere you look, like exquisite pieces of art scattered all around.
Kolkata is not like any other metro in India. This city is from a different era altogether. Sometimes we felt like time just froze and preserved everything, every memory from my grandparents’ stories. Ancient buildings, some so old that trees have engulfed them, the same yellow ambassador taxis running the streets, old sweetshops previously run by forefathers of the same family, busses with wooden seats and colonial architecture adorns the city. There are also modern elements like cute little cafes, art galleries, sky-rise buildings, and malls that make for a brilliant fusion of both worlds.
From outdoor activities to indoor games, from sandy dunes ride to water sports and underwater adventures, from museums to miracle garden the list of things to do in Dubai is never-ending. If you plan on exploring all known attractions in a few days, that might not be possible. But certainly, we could get to cover and visit some of the most amazing places in Dubai.