23 Cities at Age: 23

23 Cities at Age: 23

I turn 23 at the end of this month and as a part of my New Year resolution, I want to visit 23 different cities. This journey is going to be as much about self discovery as it is going to be a journey of a lifetime. I’ll be travelling on a very tight budget and this way, I plan to showcase how to travel Europe and save a lot of money. This trip will greatly add to another project I run called ‘Travel Tips By You‘, where locals give valuable travel tips to travellers.

It’s all about making this world one and helping each other.

What We Need & What You Get

Covering 23 cities is a tough task and I really want to do it in a way that opens new pathways for future travellers to Europe. I am aiming for a $5000 funding which should keep me afloat during the entire journey.

I plan to kick off the campaign from London and take a south bound course. I will be regularly updating my social media pages and giving all my supporters a real time view of the sights, sounds and fragrances of the city I am in.

I’m going to make it fun. For every city I visit all my supporters get a chance to win super cool souvenirs.

The Impact

I aim to showcase 23 brilliant cities to you and give you the local knowledge that tourists often miss out on.

I aim to inspire people to travel and get the best possible deals when in town.

I aim to grown as a person and exchange cultures with the world.

Create a series of articles that share travel tips by locals for travellers.

Ways You Can Help

1.Contribute:

Visit this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/23-cities-at-23/x/5554490  and CONTRIBUTE NOW to the fundraiser.

You can donate any amount you deem fit by clicking the ‘Contribute’ button.  All contributions will be acknowledged and I will reach out to you with a little thank you.

Alternatively, you can select a perk for your contribution. There are unique perks for $10, $20, $50, $500 & $1000

2. Share this campaign on your Facebook and Twitter pages.

3. Drop in a line at   http://www.facebook.com/TravelingCuriously & http://www.twitter.com/TravCuriously

 

street photography

Tips for Street Photography

Street photography involves getting down and dirty. It is one of the most dynamic and exciting genres of photography. The streets of major cities are always full of people and where there are people, there are stories. Street photos capture reality and hence require some thought and imagination. With a good sense of timing and imagination, you could very easily capture a photo that says a thousand words. Tools like depth of field, juxtapositions and contradictions will help add a lot of meaning into your street photos. You should consciously try and layer your photo with meanings and symbols, since you’ll rarely find great backgrounds or perfect foregrounds. This makes your framing doubly important and your composition skills will always be tested. While it may seem to be a daunting task, street photography is exciting and easy with the help of these tips:

Go wide angle

Street photos are excellent when they can tell you a story. Use a wide-angle lens for your street photography exploits, as they will capture more elements and give the viewer a perspective of the environment. Using a wide-angle prime lens can also help you capture your subject more discreetly, while not compromising on the frame.

Get close to your subject

God is in the detail. Try to capture details of your subject. This will help the viewer experience the scene that was photographed. Using a wide angle of 24mm or 28mm should be good enough for some really nice pictures.

Don’t be shy

You’ve got an idea for an image, go for it! Don’t worry about looking awkward in public. It’s the photo you manage to click that matters. If you are confident and bold, chances are you would be done making the photo even before anyone knows about it.
street photography

Ask for permission

Sometimes your subjects may not be completely comfortable with you clicking them. If you notice this, step forward and request permission. Taking the effort to communicate with your subject is courteous, besides you gain a new fan on your photography page.

The camera settings

The perfect photo could be just a second away. You surely don’t want to miss that priceless moment and be sorry for the rest of your life. Before heading out, set your camera to the optimum settings depending on the weather outside. Unless you have the liberty to manually focus, set the lens on Auto Focus. This could save vital seconds.

Lastly don’t forget to have fun! Street photography is always done with a smile. The challenges and experiences during the field trips will surely make you a happy.

food caviar

TC Original: My Tryst with Caviar

Caviar in Russia
Caviar in Russia

Eating caviar will never be as fun as the first time I tried this supposed delicacy.  Now I am a foodie inspired by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Bear Grylls but when it came to actually trying new food, I was a bit hesitant.  It was of course the first time I stepped out of India and I had a hard time adjusting to the bland, almost tasteless food that Russia had to offer.  No don’t get me wrong, there are certain cuisines in Russia which have some hints of flavour and taste, but that’s for another blog post, I’m going to tell you about my tryst with caviar in this one.

I’m very choosy about my sea food. Living in Mumbai, I do have a large variety in terms of fish but I am snooty. I prefer eating fresh produce, found in my Uncle’s backyard in Goa.  If anyone’s ever had fresh sea food, you wouldn’t dream of having fish that has been brought in over many days from the high seas.  Moscow and Kazan, the cities I was staying in, unfortunately imported all its sea food from the coastal regions of the mammoth land mass, so fresh ‘Riba’ (Fish in Russian) was completely  ruled out.  There was however one thing that got me curious, Caviar.  Russia is famous for its caviar and I surely wanted to try it once!

Now the method of having caviar in Russia is to take a slice of bread. Plaster it with an inch of butter. Open the golden tin of caviar and scoop out the orange little balls with a spoon onto the bread and butter.  Spread this evenly and prepare to take a bite.  This was a bit difficult for me as I could smell the distinct odour of old fish.  It was I must say, extremely revolting.  I closed my nose and shoved the piece of bread in and started the awkward munching, hoping against hope that I don’t puke it out. Just when I thought the worst was over the little eggs started popping off in my mouth, oozing liquids that accentuated the taste of fish.  Now that’s where I realised it was an acquired taste.  Beer is bitter, but everybody loves that bitter tang that it imparts. I couldn’t brave myself up for another slice of bread with caviar. Enough of adventure for a day, I thought.  A fellow traveller with whom I was sharing the caviar tin with had a ball laughing at my contorted face.  Mind you I had paid 600 Roubles for a 100 gram tin of caviar.

It was a troubling experience for me honestly, but here’s the funny thing. I think I’m going to try caviar once again.  It’s not to prove a point or act even more stupid. It’s simply to relive that memory and in the process hope to may be acquire the taste.