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🌅 Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 🌅⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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💫 Gurpurab, Guru Nanak Jayanti or Prakash Utsav is one of the most auspicious and significant days in Sikhism. 🙏 The day marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of the Sikh Gurus.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🎉 This holiday is one of the most significant festivals of the Sikh community and commemorates Guru Nanak Sahib who was the founder of Sikhism and the first 1️⃣ Sikh Guru. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🌍 The Universal Sufi Order is a global movement with members from all religions, cultures and backgrounds and caters for all of humanity. ALRA TV wishes all those celebrating this auspicious day a heartfelt Happy Guru Nanak Day! 🥳 May you be inspired by the greatness of Guru Nanak Ji, who spread the message of love, peace and harmony! 💞⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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➡️ Rev. Steve Bell will be conducting a special transmission on Guru Nanak Day on the Daily Prelude Show. Tune in at 9PM UK time only on @ALRATV www.youtube.com/alratv/live. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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General Chatter, Meetup and Accommodation Thread - Week of November 29

This thread is for y'all to do things like:

  • Introduce yourself to the community.
  • Ask simple questions that may not warrant their own thread.
  • Discuss whatever you want.
  • Complain about certain aspects of travel or life in general.
  • Post asking for meetups.
  • Post asking for accommodation recommendations.
  • Reminisce about your travels.
  • Share your solotravel victories!
  • Post links to personal content (blogs, youtube channels, instagram, etc…).
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New to solo travel? Post here for introductions, newbie questions, anxiety and excitement - Week of November 29

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The purpose of this thread is for new and/or anxious travellers to introduce themselves, ask ‘newbie’ questions about solo travel, and receive advice and encouragement. This is also a thread where it is OK to ask questions that would otherwise be considered vague or repetitive under the normal subreddit rules.

If you’re new to our community, please read the subreddit rules in the sidebar before posting. If you’re new to solo travel in general, we suggest that you check out some of the resources available on our wiki, which we are currently working on improving and expanding. Here are some helpful wiki links:

Note that as this thread is intended to be a welcoming space for less experienced or anxious travellers, comments engaging in newbie shaming or travel gatekeeping are not acceptable and will be removed.

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Feeling like there are so many places to go and not enough time

This thread is just to get these feelings off my chest, there’s no real question or point.

I love making lists of places I want to go. I love creating rough plans, writing down all the activies I want to do and the cities I want to see. I think about the food I want to eat. Maybe I’ll do a workaway on a vineyard. Maybe I’ll get scuba certified or do a silent meditation retreat. I love art museums. There are so many hikes around the world I want to do, I would love to go to every national park (I live in the US). Most of the individual trips would be 3 weeks to a month minimum to really immerse myself and do all these things that I want to do.

I get a rush when making these lists but then after I feel kinda sad. I’m turning 27 tomorrow, it’s like time slips by so fast. Obviously with COVID I couldn’t travel out of the country even if I wanted to, but still. I feel the pressure to constantly work. Will I ever have that amount of time off, what are the chances of it being every year? I wish I had started traveling when I was younger when I had summers off. The thought of the years going by and not doing these things makes me feel empty.

Not much else to say but thanks for letting me vent! None of my friends are very interested in traveling (totally fine, I don’t mind going solo) so I appreciate this community.

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Ukraine 2020

I wanted to share my experience traveling to Ukraine.

I choose the country because it was open to international travelers and it was somewhere that I wouldn’t normally consider. There is an obvious language barrier. At least in most other places in Europe they use a Latin alphabet which makes things easy. I found that most young people spoke passible English. There is always Google Translate.

Ukraine had resisted COVID related restrictions and just recently started to require that businesses close down at 10pm. Some establishments are closed not because of COVID specifically but because of the economic impact of the virus on consumer spending.

For obvious reasons the summer is the best time to visit the country. The sunny weather allows for activities on the beach of the river Dnieper/Dnipro. I arrived for only a couple weeks of mild weather before things got chilly.

I got by well with a heavy thermal base layer and a sweater. Then I bought a packable puffer jacket on Amazon. The combo works well. The alternative would be to invest in a fancy CanadaGoose style jacket. Being from a warm climate I did not think that be a wise investment since I wouldn’t get much use out of the heavy coat.

Kyiv and Lviv are amazing cities. Kyiv is the capital and the nexus of the country’s airline network. Lviv is a quaint city with a very European atmosphere. A lot of locals think of Lviv as boring since it is such a small area but I found it to be very walkable. You can get to most places in the city center within a 15 walk.

Uber in Ukraine is cheap. My most expensive fare was $13 for 50 minute trip from the airport in Kyiv. Before the advent of Uber I had previously spent $100 to get to the airport in some N. American cities.

There are plenty of excellent restaurant options in both Kyiv and Lviv. Tinder dates are the best way to experience the dining scene. Because of logistical complications seafood in Ukraine tends to be subpar. I think when you freeze a good tuna steak it tends to loose a lot of flavor. Also there is a peculiar Ukrainian style of putting cream cheese on sushi. They often call it a Philadelphia roll. I prefer my sushi with just sashimi and rice, but that is the local take on sushi.

I prefer to engage with the locals rather than expats you find in the popular tourist places. I told my dinner date how she spoke English very well. She smiled and reminded me that “English is an international language and you do not own it.” I thought that was a very succinct way of putting it. The people I meet in Ukraine where pleasant and made for interesting conversation.

The thing I disliked about Ukraine is that you are unable to drink water from the tap. Have you ever been stupid hungover from a night of heavy vodka drinking only to find yourself without any water. It is a real hassle to have to lace up your boots and layer up with many articles of clothing only to stumble to the store and buy a few liters of water.

I am glad that I travelled to Ukraine. I would not normally consider it as a tourist destination. I have heard good things about Georgia from many of the locals. I am now considering flights to Tiblisi when their borders open.

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Somewhere in Nowhere

November 28, 2020

Having grown up on suburban Long Island, where houses and towns are packed together and life seems like an endless maze where you are racing from corporate parks to stripmalls, I’m naturally fascinated with the wide open spaces of the west. These were taken off US 26 near Warm Springs and Madras.

Whatever is real about life in these places evades my imagination, and maybe that is my point–the social never intrudes on the vista: in places like this, I feel closer to whatever makes the world and the universe.

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