Last updated on March 17th, 2017; Published on August 29th, 2016
Before I travel, I like to look for the most ‘touristy’ thing to do in the places I visit – just for the fun of it. I actually have a growing list of such things. For example, In Pisa, I would like to eat pizza and take a cheesy leaning tower photo, because, why not?!
In India, I got into full tourist mode and tried some new things and a few old ones…
Took a yoga class
What better place to try yoga for the first time than the land from whence it originated? Almost all the hotels I stayed in had a yoga class and an instructor but I was really enthralled by the one in Jaipur. I stayed in Shahpura House, a hotel which was once a palace. There, I had the pleasure of meeting Mita, my yoga instructor.
The one-hour class with her was wonderful. I never knew yoga could be so exhilarating! Sadly, I have not returned to my yogi ways since then but I did get a mat though – I should get points for that!
Got my palms read
While in Agra, there was an astrologer at the lobby of the hotel who offered his services. In full tourist mode, I obliged. He managed to accurately guess my favorite colors (two of them), how many kids I’d like to have and the order I’d like to have them. He made several other personal comments that actually surprised me but hey, I’m an open book, so I’ll attribute that to a well-informed guess 🙂
Rode a tuk-tuk
I rode a variation of a tuk-tuk in old city of Delhi. When I got my itinerary from the company who organized my tour, a ride in a tuk-tuk was specified as a trip highlight. I immediately told them to yank it off the list considering that we have enough of them in Lah-gos! (Tuk-tuks = Keke). This was a bit different though, it’s more of a bicycle with a carriage and the experience was…well, at least I can say I rode a tuk-tuk in India.
Released my inner Bollywood Princess
I could not resist getting dressed and striking a ‘Namaste’ pose in front of the Taj Mahal. If that doesn’t scream ‘Tourist!’ I don’t know what else does. You don’t see that in this particular picture but I even bust a few dance moves right there! (Un)fortunately, the pictorial evidence of this will forever remain hidden to save my family name from disgrace.
There you have it! I’d love to hear about your own ‘touristy’ moments. Please share them in the comment box below.
My best experience from our trip to Lamu was sailing into the night on Jawad's dhow.
We got to experience a beautiful sunset cruise and a full moonrise onboard.
More on our Lamu experience on www.travelwithapen.com #linkinbio
As promised, details of our weekend in Amboseli is up on travelwithapen.com! Check it out via the #linkinbio and let me know what you think!
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This lodge was hands down the best I've been to in Kenya so far. It was a huge highlight of our recent trip, I still can't believe how affordable it is.
My favourite part about it was the watering hole pictured here. Right from the lounge deck, we saw so many animals come through... herds of elephants, zebras, elands, giraffes, baboons, dik-diks came through while we were there. I almost didn't want to go into the park for a safari anymore!
We even saw cheetahs during our bush walk and heard lions at night from our tents!
Only a 4 hour drive from Nairobi, this serves as the perfect place for a (long) weekend away from the city and on my blog this week, I'll be writing about everything you need to know to plan your travels, should you want to visit.
In the meantime, you can catch up on highlights on my stories & ask me anything you would like to know in the comment section!
Walking through the maze of Lamu Town was quite the experience. Over the next coming days, I'll be sharing about our experience visiting Kenya's oldest continually inhabited town.
In the meantime, you can catch up on what we got up to on my stories.
I've never met a waterfall I didn't like 💙
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I met the last two Northern white rhinos on earth and it was quite the experience!
Thanks to the incredible work by the team @olpejeta and scientists around the world, there's hope that this species will be saved from extinction.
I'll be writing more about this trip on travelwithapen.com. In the meantime, you can check out the first installment of our weekend trip to Nanyuki - where we visited the magical Ngare Ndare forest and @olpejeta Conservancy 🇰🇪. #linkinbio