2016 in a Frame

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How was 2016?

Lovely? A mixture of happiness, ups, downs, excitement, disappointment, surprises, monotonous or beyond what you could ever think of?

May be it was all and may be, none. But, I am sure you are done looking back, gathering what you could from 2016, and whether Β you wanted to or not, you are in 2017.

So, here I am, wishing you a year full of all, for life is beautiful with all its color and shades. That said, 2016, am sure, must have given you things to learn, ponder, and I can only hope you will not repeat those mistakes, be a better version of who you were. go to those places you kept postponing, do what you thought could wait, and make most of it.

Now, let’s take a glimpseΒ at my 2016, if you are still with me. Let’s walk with this nomad in making for a bit, step by step, if Β you may.

Jan: The month went by in a flash. Catching up with work, friends, making it to local places I grew up hearing but never went to, trying new places to satiate the foodie in me.

Chowmalla palace in Hyderabad
Chowmalla palace in Hyderabad

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Feb: Work gave me enough high to keep my feet steady but then I made it to a quick weekend to Bidar. A relaxing road trip on a weekend filled with mischievousness, fun, and much more with friends.

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March: Honestly, I have no idea when this sneaky month went away nor can I find or remember what I did. May be more of day dreaming?

April: Ah! The solo traveller in me took the plunge and against all the raised eyebrows, I went to Ooty. It wasn’t disappointing at all. I made friends, did local trips, chatted frittering away hours with locals. It made me learn that visiting the most frequent chosen place isn’t that bad either because you can still travel in your way.

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May: My month of the year. Impromptu. Amazing. Randomness and lots of fun.

Experience in Poetic Pondicherry.

Read in brief the enriching experience, both in words and visually through my clicks, and get a reason to hit the road heading to Pondicherry now.

June: These were the months I was picking up photography little by little. From a guy who couldn’t make head or tail of basics had made a start. Regardless of how small it was πŸ™‚ Also, this month was spent in planning a little of what was to come ahead.

July:Β I went to stay in Denmark, a place I love for reasons beyond. Read my experience and why roskilde will take your breath away.

Charming Roskilde

Let’s head a little further after spending time here in Denmark. I did day trips in Denmark, cycling, and, as the month was about to end, I hit on one of the best trips of the year- Portugal. Forts, trek, beaches, forest, castles, ocean, caves, and what not. Name it, and Portu gave that to me <3

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Mesmerizing in every way. Hellerod, Copenhagen, Sintra, Algarve, lagos, sagres πŸ™‚ I got to travel to amazing places, meet a top Indian blogger on this trip and thus was able to bring back home memories to cherish πŸ™‚

Aug, Sep:Β It was all about staying back at home. Trying my hand at night photography and a little more fun back at my place πŸ™‚ Sharing my first attempt at night photography (am a novice, please be kind :D)

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Oct: This month called for another long solo trip where I spent my days in beautiful cities of Rajasthan. Jaipur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, Pushkar,and Jaisalmer. I couldn’t have fallen more in love with the place, people, history and so much around.

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The month ended with a bang at home with Diwali celebrations πŸ™‚

Nov: November came in and I couldn’t stop but go to Hampi. This is again a memorable trip for I made friends who would stay by me always (and vice versa), followed it to Mysore, and then Coorg with friends.

Dec:Β As the year was about to end, with the last month, I busied myself gathering all love I could. I somehow reached Chennai, then Mahabalipuram, and then ended the year amid tranquility, and mountains at Uttarakhand returning to Delhi to meet fellas.

Now, that I look back, so much has happened in just the last year. So many amazingly beautiful memories. But then, writing took a back seat andΒ I let the excuses and laziness crawl in.

I have hardly been able to share two of my experiences throughout the year of all and as 2017 kicks in, I promise to write and elaborate more on each experience, sharing my tales and perspective regarding each place I visited alongside trying to weave fictional stories.

Blogosphere, here I am, wishing a wonderful blogging year ahead to all of you. Your feedback as always would be appreciated. Looking forward to catching up with old friends, making new ones, and staying loyal to the blogs I love from years πŸ™‚

Before, this nomad writer signs off (from this arguably long post?), I will wrap up with just one more (the last one, I swear) click.

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All images have been clicked by me πŸ™‚
Images Copyright: www.nomadwrites.com

(P.S. Ani, (Shweta, the blogger) I will skip the thank you part for packing the year with amazingly beautiful memories, Β successfully pulling off the miracle of a trip with this budget traveller πŸ˜› , and well, everything. But, this post wouldn’t have been without your continuous persuasions. So, cheers to super blogging and many more trips (hopefully many more or at least few together πŸ˜‰ )

25 thoughts on “2016 in a Frame

  1. Hello and wow! I really love your blog and your about me page πŸ™‚ I am also a solo traveler and have been to India, returning next month too actually πŸ™‚ Your pictures are amazing and it’s great you can go around and explore the way you do. Enjoy every moment, life’s too short. And thank you for the birthday wishes, that was very sweet of you! πŸ™‚

    1. Wohooo! I somehow missed this Jenny. Here’s wishing a “welcome back to India”. I am so glad to know you are a solo traveler too πŸ™‚ Many more travels to you. Happy you liked my space. I will soon head over to catch up with your adventures and stories. Till then, keep blogging and inspiring. (P.S. would love to read up on your India series πŸ™‚ ) Cheers.

        1. Hey jenny πŸ™‚ I am not sure what’s wrong with comment section πŸ™ Will try to figure it out. Thank you so much for the link πŸ™‚ Reading right away πŸ™‚

          1. πŸ˜€ You can call me Shanx or Shashank or whatever works πŸ™‚ I took the liberty to call you Jenny/FST (I usually do that to my friends. Shorten the name πŸ˜€ hope that’s fine)

  2. Wow this sounds like a quite a year for you πŸ˜€ For me the trips are always to same destination ..my hometown πŸ™‚ Happy New year πŸ™‚ Hope you have much more fun filling year ahead πŸ™‚

  3. I’m in awe! So much traveling. And, great shots! 2016 sure was an amazing year for you. Hope your 2017 is all the more packed with adventure. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much again for the kind words and wishes πŸ™‚ I am learning too (from you too and otherwise) May we both learn a lot in this year πŸ™‚ (Keep inspiring and clicking)

  4. It sounds as though you had a fantastic year and traveled to many beautiful places, many of which I’ve never heard of. Your photographs are amazing! Keep clicking away. Wishing you a new year filled with more explorations.

  5. I am just so thankful that I’ve already written , I must say , a rather upbeat 2016 round up post because after reading about your year I am sure I would have been drowning in self pity.. what a blessed life you live .. after I am done with this comment I shall hop across to your about me page to know exactly what it is that you do that takes you to such beautiful places – EVERY month of the year.
    Your pictures are stunning! especially the Denmark , Portugal clicks . I can’t believe you were so casual about your ‘more travels’ wish from 2017 in your comments on my blog! seriously that’s something I need .. you are doing pretty okay in that department !
    happy blogging:)

    1. πŸ˜€ I do need more travels! So glad you liked the pictures. I am just starting out to travel and learning photography. Here, I am envying that you at least got to write a delurking post. Wish I had written it too! Thank you so much for stopping by and liking. (The more travels wish still stays) Cheers.

  6. You had quite a full year. And an interesting one too. I somehow never get around to travelling much though when I do manage it, it is always fun. But I like the idea of weekend trips – short and quick. You click beautiful pictures.

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Here’s wishing that you get to travel more this year then πŸ™‚ Weekend trips are indeed a quick fun break. I so agree (and requires less planning :D) Thank you again for liking my pictures and welcome to my space πŸ™‚

  7. Wow! Lots of travels and a gorgeous clicks. Loved it, Shashank. You are right, your writing took a back seat. I hope you get to write more and more in 2017. Happy to see you enjoying life to the fullest! Have a blessed year ahead! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, it did Vinitha. Hoping to get it back and hopefully the pen will scribble a little more this time πŸ™‚ Thank you so much. So glad to read this comment πŸ™‚ Best wishes.

    1. Thanks so much Saumy πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it! Let’s both keep traveling then and inspiring each other lil by lil by each travel πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ happy reading *serious travel goals* Wishing many happy travels this year to you! Cheers.

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