After staying home for several months, and wearing mask if in social places, I dared to travel again last to last week, even though a good friend of mine abroad had recently died of covid19 and even though I myself had not yet been vaccinated against that damn disease.
I traveled in my home country, by the sea, and the destination was Åland, which is an island where I had previously visited as a little girl only.
I made a video of the sea voyage with Silja Galaxy, and in that video you can see e.g. the port of Turku and one of the cute seal statues there. The harbor was otherwise very deserted, as there were not many passengers and the restaurants had not yet opened. You’ll also see a neat, unpopulated ship with its hallways, a buffet restaurant and my cabin in that music video.
My own cabin provided a stress-free way to travel, although there was no problem keeping the safety distances on board. The weather during the voyage was a bit rainy and foggy, but the wind was calm and the boat trip went great. Although most of the ship’s restaurants were closed, because of covid restrictions, the buffet restaurant still offered its best.
Last week I asked my Instagram followers in my Instastories which country they would like to read about next, and they chose India, so today I’ll tell about one hotel, where I stayed some 15 years ago.
Back then, when I travelled in India and visited Gokarn, I stayed in a hotel called Hotel Gokarn International. That hotel was a bit far from the beach but within a reasonable walking distance from the small center of Gokarn village.
The hotel was modest, very modest, with maybe some two stars classification, and till this day it happens to be among the worst hotels where I’ve stayed in India. But, I did like the topmost room balcony, which was at the same level with the top of the palm trees, and I did stay in this same hotel one more time after the first.
At that time there was no room service including food and I don’t know how it is now, but at least there was a restaurant in the ground floor of the same building serving some Indian foods. The restaurant was located next to the entrance which you can see in the image attached.
Hotel Gokarna International was still among the best accommodation I was able to find from Gokarn if you excluded the expensive 5 star resort found far away from the beach.
The image quality is from the time when smartphones did not yet exist.
Here’s a reel to keep up the motivation to beat up the covid19 so that we will be free to travel again.
This one year of nontraveling has given plenty of time to go through ones old travel memories and here are for example some nice places from Mumbai, India, with a twist of Bollywood. Places like Regal cinema, Chowpatty beach, Bandra, Nariman Point, Elephanta Caves, Colaba, Marine Drive of which you can read more from INDIVUE – Trip to India.
Check out the reel – What I mean when I say I ❤ Mumbai