28 Jan 2018

Photos From 6 Continents & 30 Countries Abroad

Where I've been and photos of travel.

Footsteps Abroad

Asia | China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), South Korea, Thailand

Europe | Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City

North America | Canada, Jamaica, United States

South America | Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Oceania | Australia

Antartica | Coming soon ;)

Some Awesome Photos!

Photos of cool experiences abroad :)

Camping on the Great Wall (Beijing, China).

On the set of the Friends TV show!

You’d think I’d just smile like a normal person when meeting the founder of Reddit, but instead I do THIS smh…😑

Saying hi to Sal, the founder of Khan Academy and getting a bit goofy.

Me in the Gangnam district in South Korea! Yes, I did the Gangnam Style dance there, and no, I will not be posting that. 😛

Visiting Machu Picchu of the Incan civilization.

Scuba-diving and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Australia). Believe it or not, this photo was taken with my iPhone underwater in the reef itself :P

Terracotta warriors (Xi’an, China).

Eating at the cafe where J.K. Rowling started writing Harry Potter (Edinburgh, Scotland).

The two images here are of me at the North Korean - South Korean border.

Standing on the Equator (Quito, Ecuador).

Meeting Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York .

This photo above was taken somewhere on the autobahn — German highways with no federally mandated speed limit. 😉

Exploring the Colosseum (Rome, Italy).

Visited Stephen Hawking’s old office (Cambridge University, England).

At Oxford, I once played underwater hockey which is about as crazy as it sounds. This is me before the game. It’s literally played on the floor of a pool, about 10 feet down with scuba equipment.

The scuba equipment is so that you can watch the game while recovering your breath but the actual play is on the pool floor. When you’re back in play, you sort of dive down and get into the game — this is what it looks like under the water.

Kayaking in caves in Phang Nga Bay, in Thailand.

This also happens to be where the James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed.

In 2015, I visited Dublin, Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day. Yep, and it was as insane as that sounded, and more.

If you could imagine an entire city erupting in a party for 3 consecutive nights, that’s more or less what St. Patrick’s Day is like in Ireland’s capital city. These were some of the crowds during the festival.

This photo above of the Arc de Triomphe is by far, one of my favorite photos. I had taken a bus (from Brussels, I think?) to Paris, but of course, it arrived ridiculously early in the morning — around 6 am or so. And so I sort of shrugged, and figured I’d visit the Eiffel Tower, because, well, why not. On the way, I passed by this beauty, caught right as the sun was rising.

Visiting Napoleon’s house and the Mona Lisa!

This is one of the many beautiful temples in Bagan, Burma. This image was taken at sunrise.

Overlooking the ancient temples and ruins of Bagan, Burma.

Celebrating the 2014 New Year in London, across the Thames river.

And the super crazy and super drunk London crowds.

This was the 2016 New Year in Burma! As explained here:

“According to Buddhist traditions, no celebrations or festivals are considered to be complete until and unless one lights up candles in the temples and monasteries, as doing so is considered to be a symbol of showing love and respect to the blessed souls and to the supreme power. Also, it is considered to bless petitioner with good luck and happiness for the coming time. The same goes for New Year celebrations as well. On New Year day, people in Buddhist countries make a visit to temples and monasteries, bath Buddha statues, offer prayers and worship to Lord Buddha, and call for getting conferred with happy and peaceful times ahead.”

This is Shibuya crossing, in Tokyo, famed to be the busiest intersection in the world. Find me!

This is us canoe polo-ing, which, believe it or not, is a thing. It’s literally playing polo while canoeing. The picture below is me tipping over in the canoe — it’s actually incredibly hard to stay stable while trying to move forward with the ball. That whole week I was afraid some sort of swamp worm would have infected me.

My Tokyo host above was amazing. He not only let me stay at his place for almost a week but also cooked me an amazing traditional Japanese dinner.

This is overlooking the beautiful Colombian city of Bogota.

This is me and Nicole being crazy, and totally contradicting the prim and proper British ways. 😛

In the Czech Republic, it was so interesting to see kids casually walking the streets alone — such a different cultural take than the American view of ‘kids walking alone is incredibly dangerous’.

This is the Shwedagon Pagoda, in Burma. Even after 28+ countries, the Shwedagon Pagoda is by far, the most impressive religious structure I’ve ever seen — far more impressive than even St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s simply absolutely stunning.

This is Wat Rong Khun in Chang Rai, Thailand. The entire structure is symbolic of Buddhist philosophy. As explained by Wikipedia:

“The main building at the white temple, the ubosot, is reached by crossing a bridge, “the cycle of rebirth”, over a small lake. In front of the bridge are hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire. The bridge proclaims that the way to happiness is by foregoing temptation, greed, and desire.”

This was a mountain I climbed in Scotland which would have been an awesome hike, had it not started snowing and hailing super hard halfway up. Suffice to say, I still made it up and back down without dying.

Below is an image of the mountain from afar.

This was the best pastry shop I’ve ever been to, in Madrid, Spain. Cakes and pastries to die for.

I believe it was La Mallorquina that we went to, but I guess I’ll have to re-visit to be 100% sure. 😛

You’ve probably seen me wear this. A lot :P

Big Bang is probably the only artist I’ve ever had a super strong allegiance to, so naturally, I made it a mission to get a hat with BigBang’s logo in South Korea.

But lo and behold, after about a week of searching I could not find a hat with a simple BigBang logo on it — even in Myeongdong, the mecca for all things K-pop.

So a couple weeks later, I ended up getting one made in Bangkok, Thailand, where it costs about $12 to make a custom hat. SO that’s the origin story of this hat. Only $12 of value, but took a great deal of effort to make :P

Big Bang concert! I ended up sneaking up to the front to see them a bit closer + had a camera with epic zoom, resulting in this awesome photo. 😊

Almost got eaten by a crocodile :P

Enjoying the view.

This picture was taken at the Salinas Grandes in Jujuy, Argentina.

More photos here!

Countries I’ve Most Enjoyed Visiting

In no particular order:

  • India
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Favorite Experiences (in no particular order)

  • Myanmar (Burma) - The most epic people, super, super cheap, stunned by the Shwedagon Pagoda.
  • Ghana - Worked with and met some of the greatest people ever.
  • United Kingdom - Studied as a visiting student at Oxford, what’s not to love?
  • Italy - The pizza, amazing architecture, amazing food…

Countries I Want to Go Back To. . . (in no particular order)

  • Argentina and Chile - So much to see + absolutely beautiful, need to visit Patagonia.
  • Brazil - incredibly fun country (especially Rio 😛 ).

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– Neha