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I can feel it in my bones. I want to travel. To where, I don’t know. But I want to travel. But is it that I want to travel or that I want to run away? I’m constantly reminded of dialogues from Lark Rise to Candleford. The gist of the dialogues: Are you running from or to something. Makes you think, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s both i.e., running toward something while running away from something else. In any case, the desire to travel is getting stronger. The far away shores are calling me. OK that was a bit too melodramatic for my own good. Suffering from fernweh I am.

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“Traveling is a perspective. Reading, a habit. Curation is an art. Barefoot is choice. Minimalism is an idea. Vintage is a design. Classical is a memory.”

From Arsalan Somjee‘s post. Loved reading a fellow traveler’s thoughts.

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Have started reading Malcolm Gladwell‘s The Tipping Point again. I had started reading it back in 2012 but released my copy at Cordial House hostel in Istanbul after listing it at Bookcrossing.com Bought another copy but didn’t resume reading till now. It’s good to re-read the chapters which I had already read as it helps in refreshing the key points. This time, I have my trust pencil with me to mark the sections that I like 🙂

P.S. If you are looking for good, clean, centrally-located, and cost-effective lodging in Istanbul, Cordial House is a good option. The neighborhood is peaceful and all the major attractions are few minutes’ walk away. Lots of places nearby serving good quality local food.

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“..God be thanked I want not society by a moonlight lake.” (Dorothy Wordsworth)

It’s been a week since I returned home after my visit to UK. Still trying to adjust to the challenges of daily life here e.g. 6-hour load shedding, humid and ‘hot as hell’ weather, crazy traffic, etc. The highlight of my visit was undoubtedly the tour of the Dove Cottage and sitting at the vantage point in the Daffodils Garden looking down at the beautiful landscape. Oh how I wish I could sit there for hours every day! From the bookshop at Dove Cottage, I bought The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals by Dororthy Wordsworth. Started reading it on the journey back from Grasmere to Windermere. This is the book I am reading these days. Enjoying it a lot, especially now that I have been to the places mentioned in Dorothy’s journal. The Lake District is a place which can bring peace and calm to one’s soul. A must-visit for anyone who is interested in nature.

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Sunset outside the airport lounge

.. On a jet plane. Going to USA for a volunteer meeting. Looking forward to an exciting meeting and another reunion with old friends 🙂 Bracing myself for cold weather!

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