Mi amore, Mi Monroes!

Dhaka, aka family, fuchka and flip flops. Packing our holiday bags on Christmas Eve 2017, we gleefully collected our skin baring, breathable footwear from the dark corners of negligence and went overboard packing one too many pair of shoes for a 2.5 week trip. It was time to treat our souls and soles to warmth and sunshine….

Dhaka 2017: The Eid Edit

This Ramadan I decided to stop my busy UK life in its tracks and go home for Eid. Six years without Ammu’s Eid shemay was more than the legal limit of self-deprivation. My homesickness was so severe that even hearing a Bangla song was making me howl like someone had died. The cure? A milk…

Gasp, its a Smörgåsbord!

It started out as an ordinary Saturday. The Husband and I ate a big brunch, caught up with friends and fam on social media, took the garbage out and ignored the growing mountain of laundry. Then we wasted time deliberating on how to dress for the confused September weather. Jumper + jacket? Too hot. Sweatshirt + coat?…

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is probably not trending in your travel bucket list. After all, it’s a country better known for raising eyebrows and questions, not wanderlust. Despite a large expat population residing within the country, KSA’s borders remain relatively untapped. I guess it doesn’t help that visiting the country is not exactly straightforward or…

Flavours of Spain

I am a passionate, self-declared foodie. Lattes and Travels is a testament to that! If you have followed my rants here, you will know that Spanish food, in particular, has been my constant 2016 obsession. The unique mix of flavours and abundance of seafood makes it a special cuisine for me. The Spanish cuisine is diverse…

Brunchelona

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And unfortunately the most elusive one as well. For perpetually late risers-and-shiners like yours truly who would rather sleep the extra five minutes than fry an egg, there is never enough time to indulge in this ‘important’ affair. The solution? BRUNCH! The existence of this part breakfast-part lunch…

All aboard the Caledonian Sleeper!

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer; Chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go. – Robert Burns Euston I love stations. I love the pivotal role they play in unlocking the treasures of a city. So…

Belfast to Punjab

4:17 am I am up 13 minutes before the Friday morning alarm is due. The Husband is asleep but unconsciously hugs me as I battle with the duvet in a futile quest for a comfortable spot to tuck myself into. In the eve of an early morning flight, the conscience flits through several undesirable or…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a script written by Jack Thorne. A script that captures London West End’s newest, most hyped play of Summer 2016, propelling fans 19 years into Harry’s life after Deathly Hallows. The five-star rated play is like a frat party. Only Potterheads (and wannabes) who managed to wrangle tickets online nearly…

London Food Diaries (I)

Feet don’t fail me now Take me to the finish line Oh my heart it breaks, every step that I take But I’m hoping at the gates, They’ll tell me that you’re mine Walking through the city streets Is it by mistake or design? I feel so alone on the Friday nights Can you make…

Switzerland 2016: Part II

Erlebnisse: the experiences, positive or negative, that we feel most deeply, and through which we truly live Day 2 It’s pretty late in the night and we are exhausted-tired from an eventful first day. But this was only the beginning! Agenda for next morning was to explore further afield, driving south towards the Italian part…

Revisiting Dhaka Decembers

Hurtling through the Dhaka air felt like a dream. I sat very still as the big bird whizzed past a kuasha-laced landscape that could easily have been any other city in the world by the shrouded looks of it. Night time arrivals can feel a bit ominous like that. There’s no instant visible gratification. One…