Finding Findlay Market

Whenever I visit a new place or plan to visit one, the first thing I research about is “Food”. That’s how I learnt about Findlay Market in Cincinnati. Though I had researched about it a long time back, I had the chance to make a visit this week only. And, its just 15 minutes from my home!

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The Little Library

Traveling is one thing and staying a zillion miles away from home another. The latter made me cranky for my first few months in the US and I ended up writing a grumpy post on how things are so irritating here. Well, I am an optimistic person so I kept looking for experiences to intrigue me and I think its time to share one of those.

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Where the Dead Rest in Peace

I am still writhing in pain from the 2.5-mile bike ride yesterday. After ages, I rode a bike and it was tiring, though a refreshing experience.
Sloth is the right word for me.
But, I am happy that I decided to explore the Spring Grove Cemetery and, a bike was the perfect mode. Normally, I wouldn’t think of visiting a Cemetery, but I had heard some great reviews and 2.5 miles seemed achievable compared to the 4-mile far Mt. Airy Forest.
With Spring in full bloom and a cloudy sky, we couldn’t have asked for a better day to ride and explore.

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On the way to Cemetery

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10 things which Irked me in America

I am adventurous and fancied moving to a new place always, or so I thought. Now that I have moved 12,000 km away from my origin, I see myself whining all the time. Maybe when everything is glorified to you all your life, you don’t find the place as sheeny. The obsession of Indians with America is well-documented and I found everything overhyped. 

Burnett Woods

 Lake at Burnett Woods (Close to my home)
Had it been just another vacation, I think I would have been a little more open-minded, but since I was moving to the States I automatically compared everything. And, that made my first few months difficult.

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Breakfast at Waffleworks

I always fancy a massive spread for breakfast every morning, but rarely care to cook much at home. And, whenever I am traveling, I love to pig-out on hefty breakfast meals! This story is about one such lovely time. 
Location: Hollywood, Florida (Not Los Angeles, California)
That’s a vital piece of information considering the fact that a simple Google search would always take you to Hollywood in Los Angeles. 
In my short trip to Florida, I randomly chose to stay at Hollywood Boulevard (approx. 30 miles from Miami) because I found a great AirBnB house in that location. Luckily, Hollywood turned out to be extremely beauteous, lively and brimming with warm people. After driving for 6-7 hours from Orlando, we reached Hollywood at 7 in the evening and decided to gorge on Pizza for dinner. We had to throw it eventually as the same was topped with under-cooked chicken and since it was a take-out we couldn’t get a replacement.

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3 Budget Tips – Accommodation, Air Travel & Car Rental

Since the last three months I am trying to acclimatize myself with the new culture, harsh winters, bland food, lack of public transport and many other things. I recently moved to the States from India. Change is always difficult, especially when you move out of your cocoon for the first time. And, I am slowly learning to adjust and blend in while grasping the local nuances.
Amidst all this, I decided to travel someplace more lively and densely populated (living in Cincinnati gets boring at times). Also, I was bored of staying at the same place for three months at a stretch! So, you can understand that I am not an expert on traveling in the US. But, this first trip made me wiser and taught me how to spend money prudently. 
Through this post, I would share airlines, car rentals, hotel booking details to help you plan your travel.

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