Hamburg

A friend and I took off to Hamburg for christmas and were surprised to be greeted by a beautifully lit & decorated city which was pretty much deserted.

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Roaming around theĀ streets in the centre of the city, all drowned in the resounding music of a lone street saxophonist was the most unforgettable experience I brought from Hamburg

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The food was great too.

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Whenever the sun was out, the city basked in golden sunlight

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and when it left, it lingered around in the sky, just long enough to dazzle the sky in saturated color gradients, for few minutes.

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Haagse Bos

A friend and I headed to Den Haag to roam about and take some pictures of the city where we serendipitously stumbled upon the beautiful Haagse Bos, just 5 minute walk away from the Den Haag Centraal. We spent most of our time there and managed to walk 5km to the beach, reaching just in time for the sunset.

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Rome

After an adventure trip that began up with me not being allowed onto the flight on account of forgetting my passport, I spent 2 days in Venice and then headed to Rome, a city full of gorgeous alleyways, cool drinking water fountains, rich history hiding in plain sight in every nook and corner and the incredibly delicious Ice-Creams (of which I had more in 3 days than I had an entire year)

The Colosseum was my first stop in the city, one I have been meaning to visit for very long time.

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Altair of the Fatherland was visible as an imposing structure right from the Colosseo, so I took a walk there

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After taking some pictures I started wandering around the city basking in the gorgeous golden evening sun

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And ended my day by accidentally stumbling across a cozy Pizzeria in a narrow roman alleyway with an amazing pizza, where I had the 2nd best pizza of my entire life; the 1st being a pizza I had on the Burano Island in Venice. Further attempts to rediscover the same pizzeria in Rome over the next few days ended in failure.

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Day 2 started with me checking off an item in my bucket list with a visit to The Roman Pantheon. The very thought of standing in front of an imposing and intact two millennia old structure, gave me goosebumps.

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After a quick failed hunt for the Pizzeria where I ate the previous day, I settled for some coffee and pizza at another restaurant.

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Then took to the streets yet again with some friends to see the stunning city scapes

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and gorgeous alleyways

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Idli

Idli, my favorite food item, is a traditional south indian breakfast/snack item, made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented rice flour and black lentils. After 2 days of prep (grinding and fermenting), I finally made some idlis during the weekend which turned out to be fantastic. I also made Allam Pacchadi (Garlic chutney) and Sambar to go along with it.

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