A day in the life of a Bedouin

My Bedouin trip was a memorable experience to spend a day in the desert. My excursion started with a camel ride in the Sinai desert late in the afternoon.

Camel ride in the desert

 
We enjoyed the desert scenery and at sunset we got to the top of a mountain and saw the most amazing sunset in the desert with spectacular colours at dusk. 

 

After a tour of the desert we got to the tent where the people living there were preparing a meal for us. I also tried baking a Bedouin bread by the campfire and after getting it wrong a couple of times, I finally managed to bake a perfect one.
 

After dinner dance

 

We had some shisha and after dinner we danced to the Bedouin drums. The entertainment continued till it got pitch black dark after which we were taken further into the desert to a secluded and extremely isolated area where there was a guide with enormous telescopes waiting for us.

The guide was very informative and we got to see a galaxy of stars, some planets and so many shooting stars. I got to learn a lot about the stars and the whole experience was so amazing and knowledgeable.

I highly recommend spending a day with the Bedouin tribe if you are in Sharm el sheikh.

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Luxor Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

View of the breaking dawn from the balloon.

We got up early in the morning before sunrise to enjoy the balloon ride. After a short ferry across the Nile, we reached the West Bank where we were to board our hot air balloon.
 

Beautiful view of balloons floating into the horizon

 

What an amazing experience we had!  The view from the slowly drifting balloon flying silently up in the air was breathtaking. We could see the Valley of the Kings and the river Nile in the dawn’s early light.
 

Floating up in the air in the company of other balloons.

 

Along with the beautiful city landscape we could see other balloons floating nearby into the horizon.
 

A wonderful experience with an incredible view of the Nile and the city landscape.

  

To see the sunrise over the Valley of the Kings in a hot air balloon was definitely an experience of a lifetime and something that I highly recommend during your stay in Luxor. It was a ride of a lifetime and a wonderful experience and definitely a great way to see Luxor.

Boarding the balloon in the west bank

Evening Victoria Harbour Cruise, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong skyline in all its glory at night

When researching for my trip to Hong Kong I read great reviews about the evening harbour cruise in Victoria Bay. I had booked my evening cruise in London itself. A pick up was arranged on the day of the cruise and I reached the harbour in time. I have seen many skylines and have done a number of evening cruises so kind of knew what to expect and wasn’t overly excited. But I was so wrong! The Hong Kong skyline is one of the best in the world and you can enjoy the best view of it when cruising the harbour.

Glittery, Shiny and Sparkly…

This unique and iconic skyline is extra special when viewed at night specially with the nightly laser show. 

 

Beautiful evening cruising Victoria Harbour

 

The small sized cruises offered a cosy atmosphere where you could enjoy a crowd-free experience of the glittering Hong Kong coastline. There were food and drinks offered and the staffs were very friendly and welcoming, ensuring everybody in the cruise were well looked after. I was spellbound with the beauty of this stunning city and appreciate the courtesy of the people over here. I highly recommend to go for the ferry ride and enjoy the impressive view of the skyline and have a fun, relaxing and memorable evening.

Mount Onion Erupts!

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Flaming onion volcano


My sister, brother-in-law and I had hibachi here and it was a fun experience. We shared the table with a group of six.The ambience was awesome and the interiors were stunning.

I started off with a Scorpion Bowl which was excellent. Then the chef arrived and the hibachi show started. The chef was entertaining, juggling knives and hurling vegetables. This was my first hibachi experience which made it all the more interesting for me.The highlight for me was when the chef made a volcano of onions on the hibachi grill and lit it on fire. I had never seen anything like this before.

It was a great evening with delicious food and a fun atmosphere. I hope to be back here soon to enjoy the hibachi experience again.

Scorpion Bowl

An evening with Nicole Kidman..

Noel Coward Theatre

I had developed a huge crush on Tom Cruise after watching Mission Impossible 5. It was specially that plane stunt that got me mesmerised. So when my friends got to know that Nicole Kidman was performing in London, they thought that the best birthday present they could give me was to gift me a ticket to the show. Their logic being that this was the closest that they could get me to Tom Cruise (I know this sounds ridiculous). 
 

Nicole Kidman

Awesome performance by Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51

 

So on a Saturday evening we came to the city to see the show. I didn’t think much of the show till that day and didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived at the theatre, the atmosphere was really buzzing and the excitement started building up.

We got good seats with a good view. There was cheering and a round of applause the moment Nicole appeared on stage. She was so graceful and such a natural performer. The play was humorous, witty and moving at times. The performance was mind blowing and Nicole was just awesome. I was awestruck by the whole play from start to finish. I was so engrossed and couldn’t believe how quickly two hours had gone by.

    
After the play was over, I saw people rushing to back door of the theatre. It was only then that we realised that Nicole was meeting fans and signing autographs. We made our way to the back door but were too late.A huge crowd had already gathered and we were right at the back, tip toeing to get a glimpse of what was going on. A few men at the front saw us and I’m not sure what came to their mind, but they made space for us to come in front. So there I was standing right next to Nicole. 

She was very graceful and cheerful, happily signing autographs and posing for photographs. She signed an autograph, posed for a selfie and shook my hands. 

Nicole Kidman’s autograph

What an evening I had! A very special girly night out with an unexpected meet and greet with a Hollywood star! And for those of you who are interested, my crush on Tom Cruise has faded away over the months, but thanks to him, I got to see Nicole.

My selfie moment.

Fun on the farm.

  

I visited Harbes Farm during my stay in Long Island in the fall and absolutely loved the place. It was pumpkin season and the huge farm was full of pumpkins of different sizes. My sister and I spent the afternoon here and the place brought back sweet memories of our childhood.

  

We walked through the farm, picking pumpkins and taking pictures. Some of them were really huge and heavy and I had never seen a pumpkin of that size before. They had a corn maze which was fun and scary. There were fresh vegetables available in the farm shop. The sweet corn available were freshly roasted and was absolutely delicious.
  

They had a lot of other fun activities like wine tasting, apple picking and hay rides. It was a nice place for wine tasting and a quick lunch.

 

 We ended up with bags of fresh vegetables and two bottles of wine. I loved the freshness of the place and it was nice to feel like a child again.
  

A birthday weekend in a Kocoon.

Front view of our kocoon

For my 30th birthday I wanted to do something different and exciting. After a lot of research my husband and I decided to spend my birthday weekend in a ‘kocoon’ at Harvieston Huts. These are small cosy huts in the Kirkhill mansion estate, about ten miles away from Edinburgh.

The Kirkhill mansion is a unique place in the middle of nowhere. There are about 20 cute huts in the complex. Each of the kocoons are made of wood with a small window for ventilation. Inside it was very cosy and warm. There was a sitting area outside each kocoon where you could relax and have a bbq.

Cute kocoons in the complex

  

We reached the camping site on Friday night and had a nice relaxing sleep in our kocoon. The next morning, which was my birthday morning, we went for a walk nearby. There were some really nice trails around the area with a couple of waterfalls. We were lucky with the weather and the walk was amazing and beautiful. In the afternoon we went to Edinburgh which was just a short drive away. We had a gala time there and I will share my experiences in Edinburgh in another blog.

Bbq area outside the kocoon

Late in the evening we returned to our kocoon and had a late night bbq. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and enjoying the breeze. The kocoons were a spectacular hidden gem and I really enjoyed my stay. It was an overall good weekend and I thought to myself that turning 30 wasn’t bad at all!!