Hi there! Welcome to my blog.

The best words I can use to describe myself would be: curious, moody, thoughtful and a couch potato who likes to read, listen, travel and write. I have long been intrigued with geography and world culture , and that led me to pursue my further studies in Finland. This step alone has opened doors to my many endeavors. The blog is mostly a journal about my travel experiences – mostly budget travels, culture differences with my native country and everyday life here in Europe. The photos I use on the blog are mine. I appreciate the bittersweet of life and try to find positives in things. Currently based in Poland, from the mystical land of  Nepal.

Update [October, 2016 and March, 2017]

I’ve a new found love for cooking, or more like eating good food, traveling to countrysides and small towns, crystal clear blue seas and colorful autumns in this part of the world. Like many 20 somethings, I am also in the process of figuring it all out but I am very much enjoying the process! 1.5 years of entering the ‘real world’, as in holding a full-time job, has taught me a thing or two about life, people, relationships and finances. I’ve started to slowly understand Polish humor and enjoy the taste of ogorki kiszone (pickled cucumbers) after almost 3 years of living in Poland! Traveling is one of my main interests. I also really enjoy the months of planning, research and reading leading to the actual travel. Traveling while working full-time is not easy, so I am trying to make the most of my annual free days and weekends. You’ll find that I remember all public holidays of the year and have trips booked 6 months in advance. There are many places that are on my bucket lists but to spare you from boredom, I will instead list the activities that I would really like to do in the near future:

  • Hot air balloon ride. Maybe somewhere romantic and famous like Cappadocia, Turkey? I can dream, can’t I 😉
  • S̶c̶u̶b̶a̶ ̶d̶i̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ : First experience in the Philippines, Feb 2017
  • S̶n̶o̶r̶k̶e̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ Diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
  • C̶a̶m̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶e̶a̶c̶h̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶w̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶u̶p̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶u̶n̶r̶i̶s̶e̶ ̶o̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶w̶a̶t̶e̶r̶.̶ Wasn’t as serene as I thought it’d be. Done in Port Barton Philippines, March 2017.
  • Hiking/trekking Nepal’s amazing mountains.
  • Floating on the Dead Sea.
  • Sailing around the Mediterranean. And I don’t know how to sail yet.
  • Road trip across some Southern states in the US.

If you have any questions or comments about the blog, I can be reached at: goody2bags[at]hotmail.com.


62 thoughts on “About

  1. hi Pooja,
    i dont know how i discovered your blog but i have been continuously reading few posts already. it is always so nice to meet a Nepali blogger in abroad and sharing their stories/life. While I am primarily a food blogger, i do enjoy other genre of blogs. Just wanted to say hi and that im looking forward to reading more….

  2. Hi! Happy to have found your blog! I love the layout, the style the content…everything! I’ve read some of your posts and I can’t wait to read more! I’m a travel lover too so I am definitely looking forward to following you 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.fromdreamtoplan.net/

  3. I admit that I am a wanderlust type of person,therefore travelling the world is and will always remain one of my greatest passions.Each adventure makes me spritually richer and more aware of the uniqueness this world truly holds. I am certain I will enjoy your blog and beautiful stories!

  4. Greetings, Pooja. I have just discovered that I am not getting any notifications at all from WordPress. I have no idea why and I hope that I haven’t clicked on anything by mistake. To be honest, I have always found WordPress to be unnecessarily complicated even though I love the site. I’m not getting notifications for anybody’s blogs so everybody must be wondering why I am so quiet these days. Pooja, Do you have any idea what I have to check to start getting all the notifications again ? I will also be trying to see here if I can see what’s gone wrong. Best wishes from Dai. I will try to read the blogs I have missed and make late comments. Sorry about all the mess.

    1. Hi Dai.
      I thought that you had stopped reading blogs so often, I didn’t know you had problems with WordPress settings.
      Usually I just click the “Reader” tab on the top left corner when I am logged in to my WP account. There I see all the current blogs from the authors I have subscribed to. To some of them I have email subscription too, so whenever they post, I get notification on my inbox. The “Reader” tab works just fine for me though. I hope you have figured it all out by now, Dai! 🙂

  5. Hi Pooja. I solved the problem yesterday after a staggering 18 hours of trying. It should be okay now but the strange thing is that I never changed any settings at all so it remains a mystery why it all went wrong. And I hate to confuse the issue but the notification of your above comment still hasn’t arrived in my Yahoo inbox which is very suspicious. I’ll keep waiting for a while in case it’s been delayed somewhere. I did get a notification that you had clicked LIKE but nothing for the comment you made.

    1. Hm now that you’ve mentioned it, maybe there’s something wrong or complicated with the way WordPress email notification works.. I check all updates via my WordPress site and do not rely on email notifications so I wasn’t aware of this problem.

  6. So lovely to meet you…. I appreciate how you are sensitive to culture and focus on the brighter side of life. 😊 Thank you for stopping by my blog. You are very welcome.
    Many blessings,

  7. How about visit Malta (my home country)? 😉 It’s quite picturesque even though we’re just a small island in the Mediterranean. I’ve a post all about my beautiful country on my blog, you should check it out! x

    – Claire

  8. Hello Pooja! Thank you so much for visiting my Blog, it’s nice to meet someone like you.
    I know I am going to follow your Blog the moment I saw your photo with the beach…can I assume that you love the beach too as much as I do?
    I am excited to know more about you and your wanderlust travels..looks like we have lots of things in common.
    I love multiculturism as well …So I hope you don’t mind that I follow your awesome Blog! Cheers from Germany ~Christina

    1. Hi Christina. Thank you for following along! 🙂 You are right: I absolutely love the beach ! It’s my favorite way to relax. I am actually going to the Philippines in just 2 weeks, you have any tips for Palawan? 🙂 Cheers from Poland!

      1. OMG!!! Really,lucky you! Palawan is my favorite.I posted a new post about my adventures there.Check out my Coron trip.Its totally worth the trip,its an amazing place!

  9. Wow… you work full time too.. Love to see blogs from people who work as well as feed their passion. Love your blog and your spirit Pooja.. Wish you all the best for fulfilling your wishlist… btw What kinda job do you do?

    1. Hey Lane! Thanks for checking my blog out 🙂 Balkans is an interesting and beautiful area of Europe.. I can’t wait to go back! I especially fell in love with Montenegro. Next I am going to a remote Norwegian island called Svalbard 🙂 Going to check your blog too!

  10. Hi Pooja!
    I am so happy that I stumbled across your blog.
    I am loving the content and looking forward to more 🙂

  11. Just came across your blog. I find it interesting. I loved traveling in Nepal myself! Glad to find a blogger from there 🙂 I look forward to reading more from you!



  12. Hi, nice to meet you. Your homeland country of Nepal is wonderful. I spent 6 weeks travelling and learn reiki in Pokhara. Your blog looks interesting, I will read it more now:) btw, what you do in Poland?

    1. Hi, nice to meet you too! So cool that you’ve visited Nepal, and Pokhara is very beautiful – I like it better than my hometown, Kathmandu. I work here in Poland – I will go check out your blog too! 🙂

  13. Hey!! I came across your blog today and you won’t believe I spent full 1 hour on your posts. Wonderful journey and places, shots are so awesome. Now own wards m definitely gonna wait for your posts. C ya!!

  14. We have a few things in common!
    My grandparents were from poland
    I visited Nepal yeaaaaaars ago
    I love pickles!
    A road trip across the US is on my bucket list too!

    Well that’s a good start 😆

    1. Wow that’s some interesting common points! When was it when you visited Nepal? I am sure it was so different back then! We need to cross the US roadtrip off from our bucketlists one day 😀 Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to my blog 🙂

      1. Nepal was in 2001. We travelled 5 months in India and spent a week in Kathmandu. Yeaaaaaars ago!
        I’ll try to scan and post the photos I have in an article soon. 😉

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