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Goa, India – perfect holiday destination?

Goa – so many stories about Goa one can find on the internet. Hippies, trance and techno parties, drugs…. Is it all true? Been to one party, haven’t seen real hippies, don’t do drugs so… I don’t know.

I stayed in Morjim – small village actually, really quiet, not many parties, mostly families with children. Goa in general is dominated by Russian tourists – menus are in russian, when you walk into a restaurant the staff will greet you in Russian. I didn’t mind, it was actually funny.

Scooter is really safe and the easiest way to drive around, cheap also.

So here are places I visited – totally random order.

The Rice Mill

Nice place with AC and good coffee. When you’re get used to Indian prices, this place can seem a little overpriced for you. This is one of many western style places I guess. The Rice Mill is a place which aspires to be a little bit of fine dining. On Thursdays there is live jazz music. Just opposite the Rice Mill you can go and check out really cool temple.

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Kalacha Beach

It’s just by the Arambol Beach, hidden by the rocks. Much more quiet and smaller. I enjoyed it a lot. But if you want to listen to the music, go on a party and just watch crazy things happen – stay at the Arambol Beach.

Kalacha Beach

Redi Fort

Another fort – from Morjim it took me almost one hour to drive there – totally different world – rural part of Goa, kind of desserted I would say. Fort is situated just by the beautiful totally empty beach! Fort itself is really cool with all the trees growing from the walls.

Museum of Goa

When you enter an industrial district and all you can smell is chemicals you do not expect to find a museum here. But – yes, you will. Museum of Goa is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday. Entry is 300 for foreigners.

Museum was founded by artist Subodh Kerkar. It is mostly contemporary art telling the history of Goa.

Reis Magos Fort

Inside lots of pictures telling the story of this place. Very nice view. Not many people. Just next to the fort – beautiful church.

Old Goa

Well there are literally two churches to see. Seriously. Nothing else and I mean nothing. So recommended only to church fans. 😉

Chapora Fort

Fort itself is not worth seeing, but the view is cool. And you can cross the wall and walk further.

Chinese Bowl

Chinese, Indian, European – variety of dishes in really good prices and when I say good I mean cheap. 😉 And with that price comes good quality also. Recommended.

Rainbow Bar

Rainbow is a really nice bar at the beach. Food tastes good – of course it is a little more expensive than at the restaurants in the city but affordable of course. India is cheap in general. My favourite there was Navratan korma – veggies in a creamy cashew sauce.


On the way to Old Goa – lots of street art and European architecture. Not much to do – just walk around I guess.

Rishikesh, India – the Holy City

Beatles Ashram

Rishikesh is said to be the yoga capital of the world. You will find many ashrams and yoga schools there. The Beatles came to Rishikesh in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation. They were invited by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to his ashram, which now is called The Beatles Ashram.  You can see couple of pictures from their stay there here. It is open for sightseeing – 600 INR for foreigners. It is a bit expensive but totally worth it.

The Holy City

Rishikesh is also known as the Holy City – you cannot buy any meat, alcohol or cigarettes in the city. It got its name from the God Vishnu, who appeared as Lord Rishikesh to Rabhya rishi after his austerities. It is also believed that Lord Rama did penance here to kill the demon king Ravana. His younger brother Laxman or Lakshman crossed the Ganga river using a jute rope bridge, which later got the name Lakshmana or Laxman Jhula.

Laxman Jhula Bridge

Millions of Hindus come here every year hoping to absolve their sins by bathing in the holy Ganga.

I came across this video Youtube – one of the cities futures in the video is Rishikesh. It is a special city.

Ganga aarti (river worship ceremony)

An aarti is a ritual that uses fire as an offering. It’s usually made in the form of a lit lamp, and in the case of the Ganges River, a small diya with a candle and flowers that’s floated down the river. The offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, goddess of the most holy river in India.

Restaurants and coffee shops

There are so many places with nice affordable food: Little Buddha Cafe, Oasis Cafe, Shambala Cafe (great view), Chatsang Cafe (one of my favorites), Cafe Madras, Omkar cafe.

Chatsang Cafe

Chatsang Cafe

There is one I would not recommend – Beatles Cafe (overrated and overpriced).


Parmath Niketan with its amazing Hanuman statue.

Bhootnath temple – nice view over the city.

Sita Ram Dham – stunning view over the Ganges. Check the gift shop – nice bracelets.

Rishikesh market

Whatever you need, you will find it there. Food, clothes, kitchen equipment – all is there.

To sum up – this is special place, tourist friendly, affordable. I liked it. But also be careful with all the healers, reiki experts and so on. Many of them are conmen.

Mysore, India – yogis’ asylum

This is my second trip to India. After visiting Rishikesh, Morjim (Goa) and Mumbai I am now in Mysore.

What brought me here? Again yoga. If you are an ashtangi at some point you may want to go to Mysore to study in the famous KPJAYI. It is the ashtanga yoga institute founded by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois – now run by his grandson Sharath Jois.

I will not go into details about applying and getting accepted. The fact is – I am here. I tried 3 times and finally I made it.

I stay in Gokulam 3rd Stage where the school is – It is quit nice district, maybe a little posh as for India.

I did some sightseeing finally (for the first time there was no rain for the whole day). Here are the places I visited. 🙂

1. Mysore Palace

Absolutely beautiful – I was amazed by this place. All the practical info at the official website. Entry is 50 rupees. At the entrance there is a stand with the information which audiobook you can download. I did that – was really cool to listen, many interesting facts about the palace – without audiobook it is kind of pointless. Unless you just want to take selfies. 😉 Oh and you walk barefoot. 😉

2. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya – museum

I went there by accident – I just went out of the Mysore Palace and walked around. It is really quiet place – no one was there at the time of my presence. Nice art, sculptures – not many pieces but it’s worth visiting. Entrance is free.

3. Food

Puri –  masala puri and bhelpuri are my favorite – all about puris you can watch in the video I posted in my article about Mumbai – Love big cities? Let’s meet one of the biggest cities in the world – Mumbai!

Gobi roll – Indian sandwich with cauliflower filling. Soooo good.

Masala chai – the best with a biscuit in a local chai place.

Masala dosa – the Best at Hotel Vinayaka Mylari (Shop No. 79, Nazarbad Main Road, Doora)

Absolutely amazing – crispy but at the same time puffy and light. Perfectly seasoned filling accompanied by coconut chutney.

I could eat only there.

Oh and it cost 40 rupies.

4. Karanji Kere Lake Park & Boating

Lots of birds, quiet – No Honking 😉, romantic – mainly couples. It is a Cool place to go if you want to enjoy nature and escape the loud Mysore.

4. Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery

While the building itself is not maintained Well the collection it hides is just stunning.

Beautiful oil paintings, chairs, hancrafted items, modern paintings.

Also they are working on an audiobook – which I could test! Lucky me.

More to come!

An update on where to go and What to see later this month.

Yoga mat perfect for ashtanga? I do have it.

First things first. My new yoga mat. 🙂


JOY in me is a polish brand that produces mainly yoga mats. The mats are made of 100% biodegradable & recyclable tree rubber base and ultra-absorbent, soft suede top. Printed with water based inks.

I personally don’t like one-color mats, colorfull ones are my favourite. JOY in me has many beautiful prints – you will have a hard time choosing only one. 😉

I thought the mat will be a little slippery at the beginning but no. It has the perfect grip. The thickness is right also – my spine really appreciate it when I’m rolling.

What is really important for me is that you can wash it in a washing machine. 🙂

Here are some general information about the mat:

Length: 183 cm

Width: 63 cm

Thickness: 3 mm

Weight: 2.4 kg

Shop or get the details.

I aslo have their water bottle.

I made an experiment – I filled the bottle with hot water and left it for a night – in the morning water was still warm!!! The bottle is also really light.

Capacity – 500 ml. Made out of stainless steal. And also beautiful right?

If you like their products shop online and use the discount – 15% – just put ‘whynot’ in a discount code field.

Love big cities? Let’s meet one of the biggest cities in the world – Mumbai!

My first time in India. Trip planned. I was supposed to spend a month in Rishikesh and a month in Morjim, Goa. Yoga, yoga, yoga. No travelling, no sightseeing. But I ended up in Mumbai. Want to know how did that happen? 😉

So I decided to stay longer in Rishikesh and also in Goa – in the end I was in India 94 days in total. In my visa it was said I can stay only 90 days – but somehow I didn’t read that info. 😉

So at the airport I found out I will have to go to the Immigration Office in Mumbai. I thought I will go there and do it in an hour. I stayed 4 days. 😛 Best 4 days of my trip.

Public transport/ taxis

Trains are super cheap in Mumbai, I think it is 10 rupies one-way, taxis also – just remember to always go by the meter! I used Ola Taxi – really nice app, like Uber but more options and I think it’s a little cheaper.

1. Fort district

Just walk around the district and admire the beautiful architecture. JJ School of Fine Arts, Victoria station, The Gateway of India.


Victoria station and the building just opposite are beautifully lightened in the evening.

2. Prince of Wales Museum of Western India (now CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA)

The Museum is stunning – just look at the building! The entry is 500 rupies, if you want to take pictures with your phone you need to pay extra 50.

It is really complex – you can find wildlife section, tibetan, sculptures, japaneese art and many many more. I spent there 2 hours and it wasn’t enough. Worth visitting for sure.

3. Dhobi Ghat- open-air laundry 

As I couldn’t take any pictures inside please visit this website – lots of beautiful photos. Dhobi Ghat is an interesting place – you can go inside, have a chat with the workers who are super friendly and nice.

4. Kala Ghoda Cafe and Cafe Basilico

I would say these are Western style cafes – Western prices too. 😉 So if you want to drink good coffee, eat delicious belgian waffles – these are the places to do so.

5. Marine Drive

You will not swim there – I mean I wouldn’t. 😉 You can watch the sunset though and just have a walk on the beach.

6. Street food

I was too busy eating and I didn’t take any pictures, sorry. 😛 But I found this great video that introduces you to Mumbai’s street food.

I personally recommend: vada pav, bhelpuri, sev puri and pani puri.



Mumbai is so friendly, live, colorful and vibrant city. I loved it and if I have the chance I will visit it again. 🙂

Thailand – Sukhotai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai with the most beautiful temple I’ve ever seen

I visited Thailand over 2 years ago. I was there 3 weeks and it is for sure not enough to see all the beautiful places Thailand has to offer. This post is about three of them in central and northern part of the country.

Let’s start with the first place 😉

Sukhotai Historical Park

Well maybe Sukhotai the city is nice but to tell you the truth we spent there one night only just to go to the Historical Park near the city. It was November and there were No people at all (which you can see on the pictures)! I loved it.

We rented bikes and we were just driving around, taking pictures, having ice coffee.

How to get there? We took a domestic flight from Bangkok.

More details about fees and opening hours from TripAdvisor.

Chiang Mai

From Sukhotai we headed north to Chiang Mai – by bus. Was cheap and quite comfortable. The city itself is calm. What we did was going to the adventure park called Eagle Track zip lining. They have three options for you and they offer Pick up from your hotel. The guides are funny and the nature you see is beuatiful. I liked it.

Chiang Rai – The White Temple

From Chiang Mai we took a bus (6-hour drive) to Chiang Rai. Just to see The White Temple and go back. It was the most beautiful temple I have ever seen in my life – just amazing. I don’t know What to say more – just look at the pictures.

Book the ticket and go. 😉

More posts about Thailand are coming.

Paris – architecture, food, fashion …. I want to go there one more time!

Paris is absolutely stunning – yes, It’s crowded, yes, there is lots of tourists but! It’s also beautiful, full of amazing architecture, great restaurants, museums and many many more.

Couple of days in Paris is pretty enough to have fun and come again to see more. 😉


Well The Eiffel Tower is a must and in my opinion it is worth to stand in a queue for 4 hours. The view over the city is mesmerizing.

We didn’t have much time so we decided not to visit Louvre but to go to Pompidou Centre which has the best gift shop ever. I would buy everything there! Also the collection of art there is also great – It’s not that crowded and you can Really Enjoy walking around the centre.

Next stop is Notre-Dame which we admired only from outside. This is truly a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. If you want to learn more about the monument, visit its page Official website of Notre-Dame.

Pompidou Centre

Notre Dame


For the first time in my life I tried snails – Well they didn’t taste anything specific but where to Try them if not in Paris ;).

Creme brulee and coffee in some small coffee shop was a must for me.

Mules at Leon de Bruxelles were very tasty.

But there was one thing I came to Paris to try! Eclairs at L’Eclair de Genie.

It was ma birthday so they were my birthday cake. 🤗🤗🤗 The most delicious dessert I ever tasted!


On the outskirts of Paris there is an outlet shopping centre La Vallee Village – with brands like Furla, Tissot, Chloe, Burberry, Celine, Jimmy Choo and many more. Prices are very attractive. I paid only 120€ for my Furla bag. To check the Best way to get there check their page.

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Typical French experience for me was to have a picnic. We bought cheese, wine, grapes and many more and went to the nearest park and just enjoyed ourselves. Like many other people around us. 🙂

By accident we came Across open Air cinema at La Villette Park. Hundreds of people with blankets, wine, food. Huge screen. Loved it!

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