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Hello Hello Athens, Greece! I’ve dreamed of you for over 5 years now and this brief encounter has been a warm (literally!) embrace! The Acropolis with its grandeur, its magnificent aura, its entitling stature and it’s beyond mesmerising beauty from every part of the centre of this city! I’m taking back the Acropolis as centre most memory of all my encounters and experiences of my short little Athina adventure! It’s already got me wired for coming back to Greece (the islands specifically!) and Ofcourse my love for Athens! Athens you were beyond expectations - the people, the food, the vibe, the experiences - I’m leaving with a fuzzy heart full of gratitude ❤️ #PostcardsFromTheWorld #GreekOnFleek #AthensVibe #SummerInGreece #EuroTrippin2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #athens #greece #travel #acropolis #europe #vacation #streetphotography #photooftheday #greekstreet #monastiraki #beautiful #athensmonastiraki #travel #travelblogger #instagood #instadaily #passport #travelgoals #worldplaces #globetrotter #travelphotography #travelstoke #vacation #shotoniphone #iphoneonly #traveldiaries #bucketlist

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This one was a dream that I probably never had (but one that was in some part of my deep rooted fantasies somewhere) come true! A journey of self learning, growth, meeting some great people, so many learnings, such drastic life changes and all things positive and epic! ABC, You were phenomenal. Onwards to my next adventure! From the biting cold of the east to the scorching heat of the west (pretty ironic to hear since it’s usually quite the opposite scenario!) Until Next Time Nepal and Himalayas and inshallah next super epic mountain adventure - a summit ? 🤞🏻 #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #travelstoke

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NAMASTE! 🙏🏻 The sound of this word was a constant echo not just through every minute of my day but also in my dreams when I slept, I’d see the faces of people - complete strangers who’d cross me by and stop, take a second to share an all encompassing heartfelt Namaste with a warm smile spread across their face regardless of the level of difficulty of the ascent or descent at that moment! During the ascent, I could barely gather my breath to look up at the people walking down (back from Basecamp) and say Namaste to them with the same enthusiasm and vigour that they radiated! Probably because my state of mind was very different from theirs - mine was that of anticipation, of wanting to know how much longer, what’s ahead of me Etc. But I realised during my descent back from basecamp, the secret to that super excited, extremely enthusiastic sound of Namaste - it was that feeling of accomplishment, that feeling of having made it, that joy that one experiences ! And then walking back down the exact same path, the same trail where you no longer have those anticipations, you no longer wonder how much longer, what’s ahead of me! This feeling of *direction* and *clarity* coupled with *fulfilment* from the what you set out to achieve is what gave me (and probably a tonne of other trekkers walking back down) that compassionate heart and encouraging spirit to smile and say to each person who they saw walking up - “Namaste. You’re almost there!” And sometimes when you’re on the trail just 2 words of reinforcement are all you need to keep you going every now and then! But, the chant and the practise of absolute strangers so compassionately embracing, encouraging and wishing each other with the word Namaste was one of my top favourite aspects from this experience! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #travelstoke

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ABC ✅ Wow! It's been EPIC! Way beyond epic than what I could have ever even though of! 12 days of a whirlwind - Exploring, Trekking, Wandering, Contemplating & Feeling Liberated! I can't wait to stand on the weighing scale as I'd like to believe I've shed some kgs, but I definitely believe I've come out with stronger legs, a mind with clarity, a stronger soul and a head that is very very determined to escape the ordinary, still be rooted in the simplicities whilst achieving the things that bring the broadest smile to my face! Have you ever stopped to wonder that every bitter, harsh, excruciatingly difficult experience and environment reduces a human soul to achieve the greatest things that one would otherwise never have accomplished in the comfort of his luxuries! I felt this several times on the trail in the Himalayas - whilst walking up each of those steps, wondering why! & sometimes even promising to never doing it ever again! But everytime I'd feel this way, I was reminded of something someone long ago said to me, "When life deals you odds which seem insurmountable in the eyes of most, it’s exactly then when you have the option of either breaking down or transforming into a person who not only exudes a rare confidence but also serves as an anchor to those around” At the fundamental bare level , where it matters, we all are those people somewhere. We just have to make that choice and then it's just powering through ! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #travelstoke

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What are the real hardships of this trek ? Here is what I found the most difficult… 1️⃣ The steps….you won't understand it when you read this or when someone else says it. It's not your regular incline. But climbing steps! Imagine the tallest building in the world and your morning and evening workout = going up and down that building until your legs give away. This was just that but with smaller steps, unlevelled steps, bigger steps, steep steps, narrow steps and most important - SPECTACULAR VIEWS of the gorgeous most Himalayas all around! 2️⃣ The Cold…It's everywhere for 40% (maybe more!) of the time of this trek! In the air, in your sleeping bag, in your lungs, your throat. The only time you escape it is when the sun shines bright and you have hot steam from your morning hot water in front of you! DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF DISCOUNTING YOUR RAINGEAR! 3️⃣ The Way Up: It's just a series, you go up and then come all the way down to go up and then go right up again. But anything about 3000m, however short, with that limited oxygen has the capacity to do something very different to your body! It's a different kind of pain you've got to learn to deal with! 4️⃣ No Shower… I chose to not shower for 9 days straight. Ofcourse you can shower and there are great facilities to do so, but I was just paranoid of falling sick due to a previous incident. But in general, if you care about looking glam, this aint for you! It wasn't the hardest part but towards the end of the trek, it surely became a life necessity to find the nearest HOT BATHTUB! But I’ll trade all of that to be up here atop this GLACIER with Annapurna right in front of me! That’s Annapurna shining bright! 😍 #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #travelstoke

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“You can’t take care of other people, your work or for that matter your business if you aren’t taking care of yourself!” - Someone very very wise said this to me! And this beyond gorgeous sunset, the significance and symbolism of these prayer flags, this mountain peak as the backdrop and just this all embracing surrounding makes this travel experience complete! You’re stellar and you not only took care of me but made me sort myself out! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #travelstoke

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THE LAST MILE: This was the last 100 maybe 200 metres and as the picture can tell (although it was clicked on the other side after making it through to ABC!) the weather had just begun to get all grey and the snow flurries ❄️ were suddenly in abundance. I could see basecamp right in front of my eyes and it looked so close - literally steps away! But, I guess my mind gave up at this point. A certain fear engulfed & wrapped me entirely & at this point although what I’d challenged myself through for the last 6 days was now minutes away & the final few steps were to be taken, my mind was giving up and I was losing courage! In that moment, I literally stopped & felt like I wouldn’t mind dying a frozen death, or wait for a helicopter to come air lift me, or wait for the porters to come pick me up so I when I’d open my eyes, I’d wake up to the luxuries of a warm bed, hot food and hot water! There was no place to sit, hardly place to even stand without wind hitting my face whilst I’m biting my teeth shivering! I felt like an infant who wanted to throw a stubborn tantrum and get my way out to my comfort! But, then I stopped, opened my bottle of water with my hands frozen & had half a sip. That sip of water felt like some life saving drug! It instantly made me think - why did I decide to do this trek in the first place ?! The next 10 minutes were gruelling, probably the least enjoyable of the entire trek but moments that I dropped the most amount of tears and I’ll always remember! The point that I made it to the board which read welcome to Annapurna Base Camp, our guide hugged me & he said, “Nishrin, Congratulations come let me take a picture of you!” And at that moment taking a picture was the last thing I felt like doing. That moment was the most special moment of my entire trek! The peak in front of me while I kneeled on the cold snow, my body almost frozen and numb and tears of absolute joy! It was the pure feeling of accomplishing my most physically challenging most *one with nature* experience yet! Something that I believe changed something inside me for a lifetime! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018

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Being in the mountains doesn’t necessarily make you look very glamorous! You don't get those picture perfect Insta worthy fantasy like beautiful destination photos of yourself looking like a princess! It's more often than not "what you think you look like vs what you actually look like* hahahahah! That's why I'm wearing shoes which I'd have never for the life of me imagined myself put into a shopping basket leave alone upload a picture of myself wearing them on Instagram, my dad's thermals but I got my fleece PJ's on fleek! And my hair - God knows its got probably everything inside it from food to grass to mud to snow and I can go on! (I'm scared of the thought of combing it when I actually shower after all these days! - 9 to be precised) And I've been staying in 4 white walls which are either so cold or smell of old cold coats - but I couldn't care less. I've even stopped looking at myself in the mirror. But you know what ? F**k it! I Love this life! This unpretentious liberating feeling! It makes me feel alive. It makes me breathe! Because the air here is precious enough for me to gift cute little glass bottles with pretty pink bows as gifts on all occasions to all my loved ones, because the views here are sharper & larger than life. Because the cold, the snow, the basic surroundings bring out the humblest soul space within me and because most importantly I feel like I'm a better human being when I'm here! Because I love the realities of being a wayfarer: the good, the bad and the ugly… and how can I forget the EPIC! #PostcardsFromTheWorld #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girldiscoverers #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #earthescope #travelstoke

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If we experienced life through the eyes of an innocent child, everything would be magical & extraordinary! Much like my encounter with this cutie 👉🏻 right after that point of self doubt where I almost returned and gave up on this trek! Another shot from my #portrait series of #NepalGuggis #ShotOnIphoneX #LostMyHeartInNepal #MyNepalAdventure2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nepal #annapurna #annapurnabasecamp #mountains #passionpassport #himalayas #beautifuldestinations #Discovernepal #discoverearth #everest #visitnepal #explorenepal #nepal8thwonder #inspiremyinstagram #everestbasecamp #natgeotravel #lonelyplanet #trekking #wanderlust #exploringtheglobe #instapassport #girlsthatwander #mountaingirls #uniladadventure #travelstoke

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