Wanderers – Pooja Agarwal

Meet Pooja Agarwal, a journalist who loves to travel eat, explore and wander..

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At Malaga Central, Spain

 

What got you hooked to travelling?

While pursuing my Masters in London during the first week itself we were given a field assignment. Next day I left my hostel at 7.30 in the morning. I decided that day that I will return back only with the last underground train. In the morning, I covered a gorilla marathon for my course work where I bumped into British presenter Bill Oddie. I suddenly had an interview with a famous personality for my very first assignment. That day I toured almost all tourist sites in London, but on my way I got lost several times only to end up at unusual places. I came home only a few minutes before midnight. I had never felt so content and independent in my life before that and suddenly I was hooked to wandering.

 

 

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At Eros statue in London

Favourite travel destination? Why?

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” – Susan Sontag

 

Least favourite travel destination? Why?

None

 

Scariest thing that happened to you?

I was backpacking across Spain last year. In Malaga, I once spent an entire evening at a bar chatting with the hosts who were three brothers. This bar was just across from my hotel and could be seen from my window. Next day, I saw the police at the bar from my window and I saw the commotion from the space in my curtains. My imagination was running wild and I couldn’t imagine why the police were there. In spite of being extremely sure that it had nothing to do with me, I was scared. The bar remained closed after that throughout my time there.

 

Weirdest thing you did?

While in Segovia, I went into a forest (without any knowledge of the track) on a hungry stomach wearing flip-flops. I was lost, hungry and with thorns in my feet (I actually started bleeding) but when I came into an open field in the forest , I smelled the freshest of grass. I only sound I could hear was of the wind and my thoughts. I had never felt this free and happy. Later I found a man who showed me the way out and I realised that ‘In life you will always be found, as long as you want to be found’.

Another instance happened in Malaga. I was desperate to climb the Alcazaba. So I set of in the harsh afternoon sun of the Mediterranean. I was climbing from the back. At the start of the stairs, there was a clowder of cats. They looked quite formidable and hence i decided to climb the Alcazaba through the middle. At one point I was crouching with my hands and legs, both clutching on the branches for my dear life. It’s only in retrospect that I realised how dangerous it was.

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Outside the House of Picasso 

 

Favourite travel photo? Why?

Every one of the pictures that I took is always going to be the perfect picture for me.

 

Must have packing item?

Good pair of shoes, a pen drive with soft copy of all my essential documents, diary and pen and a jacket which can double up as a raincoat.

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The beautiful Salamanca

 

 

Favourite travel experience?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands- It’s the most beautiful place I have been to till now. Once you go to A & N, no beach in the world will be good enough.

 

Dream vacation?

Amsterdam- Antwerp- Bruges- Brussels- Luxemburg- Paris- Bordeaux-Lyon-Provence- Marseille-Cannes- Monaco- Corsica- Pisa- Florence- Verona- Venice- Rome-Naples- Calabria- Sicily- (Agrigento)- Malta

 

Upcoming trips?

I am going to Jammu and Kashmir this November. I will get to attend a Kashmiri wedding and then plan to go all the way to Dras which is the second coldest inhabited place on earth.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Wanderers – Pooja Agarwal

  1. This articles would make the reader leave his screen and pack his bag for vacation! And Lovely Pics By the way!

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