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Pacific Coast Highway - Part 1

New Zealand has a long coastline, stunning beaches, and many coastal roads. Some believe that every beach has the same water, sea and sands. Similarly, every mountain and landscape have the same rocks, vegetation, and soil. However, I disagree. I believe each place is different in itself. Associate to it the local history and folklore, the places become destinations worth visiting and admiring. One of the less explored parts of the north island of New Zealand is the East Cape region. Its major town is Gisborne, which in itself is one of the smallest towns in the country. There are other towns in the region but are small as well. In no way, it means that they are less beautiful. In fact, I find these provincial towns to be more beautiful than the bigger cities.
Visiting East Cape was on the bucket list for a long time. We decided to finally visit the region on Auckland anniversary weekend. As usual, I researched a little bit about accommodation and things to do in the area. The East C…

Sydney Diaries - Part 1

A long time back at school, in a general knowledge lecture, I learned that Sydney was the largest city in Australia. After some time I saw a picture of the Sydney Opera House in some newspaper and read that it was in Sydney too. A knack of memorizing trivia ensured that I saved that fact in my long term memory. To add to it, whenever we used to watch the news on new year's day, Sydney's new years eve fireworks always came to the picture.
In the year 2001, a Bollywood movie named "Dil Chahta Hai" hit the theaters. It was a breakthrough movie in Indian cinema in many respects. I enjoyed the movie and noticed that a major part of the movie was shot in Sydney. As the years passed on, I don't exactly remember how it had become a dream for me to visit Sydney someday.
When I came to New Zealand for the first time, I had a Qantas flight from Delhi to Wellington, via Singapore and Sydney. When we flew to Wellington from Sydney I could just catch a glimpse of the iconic Sydn…