Why do we lock hearts

Please find here for Part I of this series, LITTLE HEART LOCKS? NOT SO LITTLE. The history of heart padlocks according to Wiki, which happened to be my source of truth in this instance, dates back at least 100 years to a Serbian tale during WWI. A schoolmistress was engaged to marry a Serbian solider, […]

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Little heart locks? Not so little

Nearly two years after my Paris trip, I suddenly had the urge to revisit my journey by reviewing some of the old photographs. Randomly browsing through the pack, an image caught my undivided attention. It was a close-up shot of the numerous love padlocks neatly attached to the side metal railing of Pont des Arts. […]

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Do you travel with an open heart

We often go through days speaking from the mind, saying what used to be true but no longer can be felt; sharing what is easy in hope of not upsetting the status quo; revealing only a bit of ourselves and stuffing the rest into the closet. Earlier last month, I was reminded of the importance […]

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Where is your Shangri-La

Approximately a month ago, I befriended someone on Facebook that has Shangri-La displayed as their current city of residence. And I was immediately intrigued. My earliest resonance with the name Shangri-La was largely attributed to childhood memories of exorbitant buffet feasts and extravagant resort stays. My grandparents loved the international buffet selection at the Shangri-La Hotel […]

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How to travel like a free spirit

How do you travel like a free spirit? If you are looking for a step by step instructions, then you will be disappointed. To put it quite simply, there is no science to it. There are no formulae. There is minimum to no planning involved. There is a key ingredient however. And that is trust. […]

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How I found home on my travels

There is nowhere quite like home, or is there? After returning from six months of travel in Europe, friends and family were surprised to be told that I hadn’t missed home all that much while gone. Admittedly, the constant moving and changing from one place to the next had pretty much kept me exhausted with having no time left […]

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It is now or never

Have you ever found yourself uncontrollably attracted to a certain culture, a certain tradition, or a certain cuisine beyond logical deductions? Have you ever felt the urge to visit an unknown or unfamiliar destination on the whim of an impulse without prior preparation? Have you ever gravitated towards specific places and felt that to be […]

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