Moscow Diaries: A walk at the Gorky park


Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure (Центральный парк культуры и отдыха имени Горького) is one of Moscow’s Central parks located next to the Moskva river and spans an area of about 300 acres. It’s the perfect place to see the way Russians spend their free time. The park gets its name from the famous Soviet writer, Maxim Gorky.

While at an earlier point of time, the park had various rides including roller-coasters, today it is more of an eco-friendly park which also has an ice-skating rink and wi-fi.

I had come to the park with the intention of taking the Radisson Cruise on the tranquil waters of the Moskva river. Since I missed it by a few minutes, I decided to take a walk along the river itself. And mind you, while it does look sunny, the temperatures were still hovering around -5 degrees.

Moskva River

Moskva River

With all the snow round, Gorky Park looked really beautiful.

Gorky Park

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Singapore Diaries: A visit to Pulau Ubin


Welcome to Pulau Ubin
Welcome to Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is a small island having an area of about 10 sq.km and is located around 10 minutes from the Singapore mainland. This island is a peaceful getaway far from the hustle and bustle of city life in Singapore. With its coconut palm trees, mangroves, wildlife like octopuses, cuttlefishes, sea hares and the likes, the island is quite a natural reserve.

Pulau Ubin

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Kuwait diaries: A walk at the Marina Beach


The winter months in Kuwait are the best time for taking a stroll at the numerous beaches. The maximum temperatures at about 12-15 degrees are way cooler than the 50+ degrees it rises to during the summer months.

Taking advantage of the same, I stepped out for a walk at the Marina beach a few moons ago. And I must say it was a pleasure just watching the tranquil waters of the Persian Gulf with the cool breeze hitting one’s face.

Kuwait Marina Beach

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Moscow Diaries: A trip to the Moscow Metro


The Moscow Metro (Московский метрополитен) is the 6th largest metro system in the world and also one of the most busiest. It has 198 stations and has a route length of about 330 km making it one of the most ambitious projects in Russia. Along with having some of the deepest stations in the world like Park Pobedy at 243 feet and many lines and stations under construction, the Moscow Metro is a constantly evolving architectural marvel.

And to add to that, it is also a tourist attraction as can be seen from some of the metro stations I visited. They have such lovely architecture that you feel you are entering a museum. Many of these stations have been built in the 1950s. Can you even imagine the expenditure incurred to make them during those times?

Our first stop is the Arbatskaya (Арба́тская) station on the dark blue line.

Arbatskaya Station (Dark Blue Line)

Arbatskaya station

The Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Пло́щадь Револю́ции) station on the dark blue line is full of bronze statues of men, women, soldiers, farmers, atheletes, school children etc. It is named after the Revolution Square in Tverskoy District.

Ploshchad Revolyutsii

Ploshchad Revolyutsii

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2015 – The year that was..


And another year goes by..
And another year goes by..

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And another year has gone past us. This was the year when I moved back to the Gulf again. I say again since more than half my life has been spent in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The last 365 days have been quite interesting meeting people from various countries and learning about various cultures.

From a blogging perspective, I continued taking part in various short fiction prompts and challenges like 5 sentence fiction, 100 word fiction, 42 word fiction, 6 word fiction and so on and so forth. These challenges have always been helpful in keeping the creative juices flowing.

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Moscow Diaries: Ice-cream at -10 degrees


Want some ice-cream?
Want some ice-cream?

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Are you a winter kid who would love to go out for a walk when it’s bone-chilling cold?

It was around -10 degrees in the evening when I was out for one of the City Tours in Moscow. While I had quite a few reservations about handling the cold before I landed in the city, I adapted myself quickly enough with more than enough layers of clothing. While on the tour, all of us decided to head to an ice-cream parlour.

Ice-cream in the middle of winter? You gotta be kidding me. But I must say that this is an experience all ice-cream lovers would truly appreciate ;). That feeling of taking each bite of the ice-cream without worrying about it melting away is priceless.

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Moscow diaries: The walk to the office..


Moscow has one of the oldest and longest tram networks in the world
Moscow has one of the oldest and longest tram networks in the world

As someone had rightly said, the best way to experience any city is by walking through the streets and taking in the sights and sounds all around. While on the first morning, I had asked my colleague to pick me up from the hotel, I decided that from the evening onwards, I would make the 20 minute journey on foot between Правды ул (Pravdy Street) and Лесная ул (Lesnaya street) where my hotel was located.

The barren trees enroute
The barren trees en-route

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