Street envy and much more!

Street envy and much more!

Our second day in Riga started with a free walking tour by Andis from We were a group of about 20 people. Our tour started at Alberta square and from there we walked through narrowed cobbled stoned streets and saw different types of buildings from old churches to old houses and museums. We also went to a few parks such as Kronvalda park and Bastejkalna Park and I must say that they are worth the visit.

Our last day was spent at the St. Peter’s Church where we had a chance to see a panoramic view of the city. The lift of the church runs every 10minutes and will bring you up to the tower. Make sure you wear warm clothes as when we went it was very windy.

We also walked around Albert iela, Elizabetes iela and Strelnieuku street and saw different Art Nouveau buildings. They were all gorgeous and beautiful- worth bringing the camera!

Old town Riga, Latvia

Old town Riga, Latvia

Riga, the capital of Latvia is probably one of the prettiest cities I have ever been. It has this cool medieval vibe with cobblestones streets and soaring gothic spires. It is famous for its different architectural styles from Renaissance to Art Deco to Baroque thus it deserves a spot on the World Unesco Heritage List.

We had three days in Riga but with the gloomy and rainy weather our first day was spent mostly sleeping in the hotel as we were so tired from the early flight. We still however managed to walk around at the Central Market in the afternoon and around the city at night.

I don’t know there is always something about a city at night- the street lights are up and the buildings are illuminated which gives it that vintage like vibes. The city just looked different at night. You notice things which you wouldn’t notice during the day.

We ended up having dinner at Rozengrals- which is a famous medieval restaurant with an authentic 13th century surroundings. They serve dishes which used to be served to the kings, queens and noble mans in the ancient times. Each item had a description of what’s in it, when was the food served/ invented and for which occasion. The place looked amazing as it was well lit with probably over 200 candles thus giving it that ‘red wedding feeling from the Games of Thrones’.

Late post- Mumbai (October 20- 21).

Late post- Mumbai (October 20- 21).

Im sorry I was not able to appreciate you that much. Maybe because we got to Mumbai around 7am from taking the sleeper train from Ahmdebabad (on the night of Diwali- that is why it probably less busy as everyone was celebrating). All we wanted was to take a shower but we couldn’t as our rooms were not ready till 13:00 and our in-depth slums tour started at 9:00.

The sleeper train was an unforgettable experience. A lot of the people from the group were very anxious and was panicking about the train due to some chinese whispers about how unsafe the train was for women. It didn’t help that our sleeper beds were distributed in different carriages. Our CEO felt as if he was responsible for how some of the people in our group was feeling. He did try to assure everyone that there should be nothing to worry about however some were still worried and anxious. Me and Kzell were on a carriage with other passengers on our own and we didn’t mind. I even remember waking up way past midnight seeing DJ and he was reassuring me saying- ‘Everything’s okey Mikki’ and he then switched the lights off for me. He probably didn’t sleep worrying about everyone. I really feel sorry for him. For such a little time he gained our trust and we knew that he wouldn’t bring us somewhere that would cause us harm. I wished that people would have trusted him more. Nonetheless, me and Kzell still enjoyed the ride and slept like babies. Maybe because we are spontaneous and positive people who likes to see the good in everything.

When we got to Mumbai, we did the two hour slums tour of Dharavi- the plastic yard. Others may disagree with this but I think that it will give you a better insight of how the people in the slums live. It will give you awareness about poverty, what their actual needs are and how tour agencies like Reality Tours and Travel gives back to their community. 80% of their profit are used to fund schools and workshops to enable them to learn skills which will be beneficial for them. Like Jitu said- The slum is not a place of despair but hope.

We then did a city tour of Mumbai via taxi’s. They stopped at different locations such as the Dhobi ghat, Hanging garden, Ghandi’s house, Jain Temple and Mumbai Fort. We didn’t enjoy this as much as it felt like it was rushed and we haven’t had enough sleep. I wished that we had more time in Mumbai as there as so many things to see and experience.

The night ended with a dinner with everyone at Leopold Cafe. The cafe served different dishes ranging from Chinese, Italian and Indian. What made the night fun was when they played songs from the 90s such as macarena and barbie girl. Everyone sang and danced. This was our last night with the group as we parted ways with them the next morning. Here is a photo of me, Kzell and DJ (our CEO). We couldn’t thank him enough for making our Gadventures india on a shoe string trip amazing as we fell inlove with India!

Rural India- Tordi Sagar

Rural India- Tordi Sagar

Tordi Sagar- Yes, this deserves a post of its own. From Jaipur- it took us four hours to go to this beautiful and vibrant town bustling with colours. We stayed in an old palace- called the Tordi Garh. This was used to be owned by some feudal Indian lords in the olden times.

The hotel itself is quite old but well maintained. I love how their windows are made of different coloured glasses and when the sun shines – the room of the colour changes thus creating a boudoir effect. It’s a shame that I didn’t take a picture of this. Nevertheless this is probably one part of the trip which I loved the most.

Why? The people. We walked around the narrow and unpaved streets of the Village with our CEO and in each corner we met a lot of beautiful and amazing people who allowed us to take pictures of them, on their own or with us. The only thing they wanted back was for us to show them the photograph. Isn’t that amazing?

I also took some pictures of the street and houses where some of the people lived. The way they live their life is so simple but all of them seemed very happy and content which was nice to see. It made me miss my childhood in the Philippines.


Jaipur City Palace and Udaipur City Palace

Jaipur City Palace and Udaipur City Palace

We both visited these palaces during our tour and I must say that if you like taking pictures of unique and interesting artefacts then you should go. You do not need a tour guide or an audio guide to appreciate the beauty of these palaces (unless you want to- we prefer to walk on our own leisure). You will step back in time and experience how lavish and grand the Maharajas used to live before.

Jaipur City Palace

Entrance: 500rupees


⁃ A courtyard with four gates showcasing the different seasons in a year.

⁃ Display of giant silver urns which used to carry water for the King when he used to travel.

Udaipur City Palace

Entrance: 330rupees (30rupees for the complex and 300rupees for the museums)


⁃ Zenana Mahal- Royal ladies quarters built in the 17th century.

⁃ Mor Chowk or Peacock Chowk- The most beautiful part of the palace with stunning mirror work and elaborate mosaics. The main attraction in this area was the peacock which was said to have been made and crafted with over 5000 pieces of different coloured glass.

Let’s reminisce about Jaipur, Rajasthan

Let’s reminisce about Jaipur, Rajasthan

Another buzzing city- famous for its beautiful forts, facades and palaces.

We stayed in a very cute and quaint hotel called the Jaipur Inn. The hotel was built in 1976 and the room we stayed in was built by the owner as an inspiration to his father. The hotel had greenery and art all over. We had an amazing room with a balcony outside, facing the main road so we managed to people-watch during the late afternoons. This hotel is also where I did my very first yoga class! Isn’t that amazing?

We headed to the Hawa Mahal then on to the Amber Fort on the first day of our tour in Jaipur. This fort is where the Maharajas lived before. From the walk up (crossing paths with elephants) to the amazing details and architecture of the fort itself, this was a fantastic sight. There was so much to see from different gardens and windows to mirrored walls. I kinda felt bad for the elephants as they had to carry up to 3 people up the fort however if you walk it, it isn’t so bad. Though, I have read somewhere that they will stop this as the animals are not being treated properly. I’d like this to happen very soon please!

After the fort we had a small snack for lunch called Samosas- and oh boy, they were very spicy. The pastry was triangular in shape with some mixed vegetables inside. To help our palate we then had some cashew desserts afterwards.

People decided to go the market and the Monkey temple but we decided to do the City Palace tour. Im glad that we did not miss this opportunity as we managed to go to the grand courtyard. The courtyard had four gates showcasing the four seasons in the year. Each one of them was spectacular and were very well detailed. We stayed for almost an hour in the courtyard taking pictures as they were that beautiful.

For dinner we had a vegetarian thali and this was just delicious. The dish had some fresh salad, yogurt, spicy pickled tomato/sambhal, different types of dhal, rice, mixed vegetables, papadoms and chapati. The way to eat this was to use your hands and to mix everything together- this experience has brought some good old memories back from the Philippines.

Let’s fast forward a little bit

Let’s fast forward a little bit

To Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Day 9 of this trip was a free day in Udaipur. We had a pretty laid back morning and woke up quite late.

Around 11:00 we decided to go to the old town to have an early lunch. We walked around the lake and managed to stepped into Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel where we had lunch. The rooftop restaurant had an amazing view of the Pichola lake and right there and then we fell in-love with the city even more.

Tuktuk’s were not available since most of the road leading to the Jadgish Temple were closed. It’s probably because of Diwali- which will be in two days time. Diwali is the five day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival gets its name from the row of (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians lights outside their homes to symbolise the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.

The street on the way to Jagdish Temple is decorated with colourful stencils and lights. Most of the smaller temples along the way seems to be having some small celebrations. The street is filled with women selling marigold flower garlands used as an offering to their Gods. It is such an amazing sight to see.

The Jagdish Temple seemed to be less busy as we went around 15:00. From the outside it looked simple but when we got in and took our time to go around the temple that’s when we realised how beautiful and grand the architectural details are. The incense sticks, flowers, colours and chanting brought us to another world.

We watched the sunset around 18:00 on one of the highest view points in Udaipur called the Karni Mata Temple hill top. You can either take the cable cars/ropeway for 103rupees or do a quick hike to get to the top. Obviously we did the latter and we were rewarded with an amazing view. The view of the city from above was unexpected as it felt like we were in a European country.

The evening was spent watching a Rajasthani Cultural Dance and Puppet show at the Bagore Ki Haveli and Im glad that we did not miss this opportunity. The show was about 45minutes long and costs 150 Rupees and if your like us who likes to take photos, you can also pay extra 150 Rupees. It was a spectacular and fantastic show with a rich history and diversity. The oldest performer of the folk show was 70 years old. She managed to balance 11 water carriers towering over her head whilst dancing on a tiny brass plate.