In 2021, Hope Floats

It's finally over. The year has ended.

2020 taught us many lessons. It taught us resilience. It taught us the importance of adaptability. But most importantly, it forced us to observe stillness, learn acceptance, and to ask deeper existential questions.

As we cleared the debris of wrecked plans and remained confined within our homes, flights of nostalgia took us to distant places once visited. At Travel Purist, too, we took a walk down memory lane. Chandan Mahimkar shared his wanderings in the footsteps of Van Gogh, four English language teachers and Claire Blood-Cheney shared their stories of being in lockdown far away from home, in Spain and Morocco respectively. As for us, we yearned for the hustle and bustle of those once-vibrant places of social gathering - marketplaces.  In Goa, our friend Bawmra Jap decided that the pandemic was a time for new beginnings and took his fabulous Burmese cuisine restaurant Bomras to Anjuna from its previous location in Candolim.

In 2021, hope floats. It’s what helped us tide over the pandemic in the first place. We will continue to daydream of distant destinations but until then, we’re content to rediscover the comfort of familiar weekend getaways, our own neighbourhoods and of course, the digital universe. 

We look forward to new discoveries and happier learnings in the New Year. So goodbye and good luck, 2020. We’ve learned much from you, and we wish you well. 

May 2021 be an easier journey for us all. 

Pandemic Diaries

The Pandemic Travel Diaries: Morocco
A spring break trip turns into a 6-month stay in Morocco’s port city, Essaouira for Claire Blood-Cheney. Read her pandemic diary here >>
What does your pandemic diary look like?

Were you stranded far away from home? Did you get to travel and discover someplace interesting? Or did you rediscover your neighbourhood? Perhaps you sought travel virtually, through books, films, music, food and online events.

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The Nostalgia of Markets 

To Market, To Market 
A nostalgic look at marketplaces around the world in the era of social distancing. Find the photo series here >>

Purist Picks

What we've been reading, watching, or listening
  • Escapist reads to end an unusual year. We've curated a list of travel books we've come to love. From Alexander Frater's travelogue on chasing the Indian monsoon to Rebecca Solnit's meditation on getting lost, find the full list here
  • Art, history, and archaeology. They're calling it the "Sistine Chapel of the ancients." This eight-mile rock, discovered recently, has paintings and wall drawings from over 12,000 years ago. Continue exploring here >>
  • Adventures in sound. While this isn't a traditional travel podcast, we love the places it takes us to through sound. Whether it's stargazing in Australia or sounds of the North Sea in Denmark, Shortcuts is a podcast with true stories and beautiful sound design from around the world. 

From the Archive

Burma to Goa: A Chef's Journey

Chef-Restaurateur Bawmra Jap, of contemporary Burmese cuisine restaurant Bomra’s in Goa, speaks with Travel Purist about his culinary journey. Here’s an interview with Bawmra from our archive...Continue Reading >>

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