Padua, Italy

On my third week in Italy, I decided to go to Padua or Padova. It is a small city in Northern Italy.

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Walking around Padova
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Abbey of Santa Giustina.
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Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua

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Inside the Basilica of Saint Anthony

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Piazza dei Signori, Padua

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Verona, Italy

Rode a train from Vicenza to visit Verona. Verona, the city of Love, where William Shakespeare set his masterpiece “Romeo and Juliet” in this little gem of a city.

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And oh, I got to see Juliet’s balcony.

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Left a lock on Juliet’s castle.

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The city was so BEAUTIFUL. I wish I got to stay longer.

Italy (August 2016)

I was lucky enough to be sent by my company to Italy for a month. Our main office is in Vicenza, Italy. Vicenza  is a city in northeastern Italy.

Let’s start of by talking about FOOD!

GELATO.

You can’t go to Italy and NOT eat gelato. Hihi. I lost count on how many scoops I tried during my stay.

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And the PASTA. I just could not get enough of their pasta. Delizioso!

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The PASTRIES are also to die for. Say goodbye to my diet, and hello HAPPY TUMMY!

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One night, I went to Pizzeria Belvedere. Apparently, in Italy, one whole pizza is for one person only. I tried! I really did. Sadly, I was only able to finish half of my pizza. Tsk.

PLACES

Every weekend, I go out to explore Italy. On my first week, I went around the center of Vicenza.

On my first day, I stayed at Bassano del Grappa.

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I was lucky that there was a Medieval Feast when I arrived. It was awesome!

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Castelfranco Veneto

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Then the rest of the month, I stayed at the Industrial Park of VIcenza.

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This is where I stayed for the rest of the month.

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I was greeted by this WONDERFUL view on my way to Santuario de Monte Berico.

 Santuario de Monte Berico.

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Walking around the city is so surreal.

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Basilica Palladiana by Andrea Palladio.

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I don’t mind getting lost in the center of Vicenza. I got to see more amazing streets while I tried to look for the bus stop. Hihi.

On my next post, I will share the pictures I took from Verona, Padova and Venice.

Grazie, Italy. Arrivederci.

Ideal Man

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My ideal Man.

1) Loyal
2) Sweet
3) Romantic
4) Consistent (without being too predictable.)
5) Loves to travel
6) Will never intentionally hurt me
7) Will hold my hand when I’m scared
8) Supports my dreams
9) Loves to hug and cuddle
10) Will not try to change me
11) Has a good sense of humor
12) Kind not only to his equals but to everyone in general
13) Honest
14) Smart
15) Family oriented
16) Passionate about something

Never apologize for having high standards, because people who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.<3

First Ramadan Experience

I went to visit Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art.

This is my first Ramadan abroad. During the Ramadan season, Muslims are expected to not only refrain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset, but to also reflect on their spiritual paths and strengthen their faith by reciting the Holy Quran and praying throughout the day.

While non-Muslims are not expected to practice the principles of their Islamic counterparts, Qatar has laws that ban certain behaviors over this time period.

It is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours during Ramadan; this applies while in a mode of transportation like a car or bus.

Everyone is expected to dress conservatively.

No music or dancing is allowed during Ramadan, turn your car stereo down and be mindful about playing tunes loudly even in the comfort of your own home.

Though the retail shops are closed during the day, fantastic sales – especially on electrical goods – can be found at night during their reopening. Working hours are also reduced as a rule during this time period.

While Ramadan is primarily a religious holiday, it’s become a cultural holiday as well, with colorful lights, lanterns and songs. I am interested to learn about why Muslims fast, and what the month means.

I tried.

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It has been a long time since I was cared for, or even felt that I mattered. I tried my best, really, to keep you at arm’s length. I tried to be as emotionally unattached as possible – but it was all in vain, you got to me.

Sealine Beach Weekend

 

This is our random trip to Sealine, Mesaieed, Qatar.

Exploring Qatar would not be complete without a real adventure in the desert. I can finally tick ‘ride a camel’ off my bucketlist. It was a quick ride but it was so cool.

The ATV ride was also a remarkable experience. The rush is amazing as we raced going up and down the sand dunes.

I’m glad my friend invited me to join his group that weekend. This is living the thrill of the Qatari Desert!

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Cambodia

I’ve been around Southeast Asia, except for Indonesia and Vietnam. So far, my favorite destination is Cambodia. I went there a few years ago.

Cambodia is a small country with a big history. The ancient ruins are breathtaking and the food was good and inexpensive.

I was able to see the following:
Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom
Bayon Temple
Ta Phrom
Pre Rup
Bantaey Srei
East Mabon
Preah Khan

Below are some of the pictures I took.

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FALL IN LOVE WITH MEN FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES

Disregard your better judgement
And fall in love.
Disregard what they have told you about who, why and how to love
And fall in love.
Disregard the expiration date that looms on this love
And fall in love.

Find him in a vegan restaurant
In a chic cafe
Or somewhere as equally pretentious.
Find him smoking a hand rolled cigar.

Find him on the subway
Looking at you looking lost.
Look so helpless that he is compelled to come up to you
And ask if you need help.
Of course you do
Look at you – you look so helpless.

Find him on the beach
Looking at you looking exotic.
Look so exotic that he is compelled to come up to you
And ask if you’re from around here.
Of course you’re not
Look at you – you look so exotic.

Ask him how to get to the museum.
Ask him how to get nowhere.
Ask him for a cigarette.
Ask him if the seat is taken.
Ask him how old his soul is.
Ask him what he is doing for dinner.
And breakfast and every other meal
For the rest of ever
Or at least till the end of summer
Because that’s how long you’ve got
And you don’t want to miss a thing.

Realize that life is too short
You don’t care that he is 8 years older than you
You’ve never wanted anything more than you want him
Realize that you don’t care that you don’t have a future
That life is too cruelly short.

Realize that when he speaks in his language
Its not the accent that melts your heart
But the vast oblivion surrounding each word.

Realize that he makes you want to dance in the Indian monsoon.
Scream at the Grand Canyon
Stand naked under the Northern Lights.
Wherever you find him, remember to let your guards down.

Let yourself be unpredictable, be passionate.
Have your first kiss mid-sentence.
Catch him off guard, surprise him
Kiss him without reservation, wholly, wildly
And know that he will never be the same again.

Let yourself be kind
When the time comes for farewell.
Let your capacity to feel
So much sorrow and longing surprise you.

Let yourself stare into his eyes with resignation
Sigh that deep sigh of despair
That says that you will miss him for the rest of your life.

Let him come to the airport.
Bury your face in his chest
Whisper that you have fallen in love with him
Do it in his language.

Fall in love with a man not meant for you.

By — Nupur Saraswat

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Sigh. The hopeless romantic in me just sighed. ❤