Baku, Azerbaijan

After visiting Norway & Sweden earlier this year, my heart had been wanting to explore at least one more new destination before 2018 comes to an end.

This has to be one of the most spontaneous trips I’ve ever taken. This is exactly how it went down: I covered 2 weddings over Friday & Saturday. Sunday I checked my schedule for the rest of the week and found it very flexible. Moved around a few meetings (a super shout out to the amazing & most understanding brides). Booked the tickets on Sunday. Packed my bags overnight. And flew to Azerbaijan super early on Monday morning.

Don’t listen to what they say. Go SEE!

Here is another installment of #RimaTravels. This time, to Azerbaijan!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Azerbaijan is a lot more developed and tourist friendly than its neighboring country Georgia (I have no clue why I still haven’t shared a blog from my visit to Georgia).

Few things in Azerbaijan left me absolutely fascinated. The mud volcanoes, AteshGah, Jabl al Nar (the fire mountain), Four Beauties waterfalls, left me in awe by the miracles of the Almighty.

On the other hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the new side of the city like Hyder Aliyev Center (gorgeous curvy architecture), Jumma Mosque, & the hustle bustle of Nizami street.

 

Hope you enjoyed Azerbaijan thorough my lens. Until we meet again with other wanderings of mine, do check out my past travels around the world.

Already looking forward for future adventures,
~ Rima (The Explorer)

Salalah, Oman

When a client booked me to cover her brother’s wedding in the Sultanate of Oman, my heart did its happy dance. For several days.

It truly felt like ages since #RimaTravels
The fun doubled because this trip was work + pleasure and thank you lord for an amazing associate photographer and a friend who turned out to be an expert on Salalah, Oman and literally made this trip three times more fun.

We stayed in Oman for three days and after the wedding day, we rented the car and explored Ain Garziz, climbed the stairs on Ain Razat, the beautiful Al Mughsayl Beach, Sinkhole Shaat, watched camels on the roadside, serene views of palm trees along the beach and roads, did my silly dance on top of the mountain and of course drove for miles and miles to find the much needed dose of my Karak Chai.

I hope you enjoy Oman through my lens.
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Cheers to many many more adventures!

Love,
~ Rima (The Explorer)

Santorini, Greece

Ever so often my heart wants to explore new places.
Travel gives me power, imagination, hope, memories, and of course photos. Since the island of Santorini had been on top of my list for quite some time, I felt so privileged to be able to go explore it (#RimaTravels finally!).

Santorini is what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island and created what we now call Caldera. The white houses with absolutely gorgeous background of blue sky and water were incredibly calming and exactly what I need after working non-stop for the past eight months. The cherry on top of the icing was that I got to meet (again) one of my favorite photographers – Vangelis – and his family whom I proudly call friends. Make sure you check out his work. He’s exceptionally talented.

Through photos, I had a good idea that the island had lots of stairs but no one warned me that there were a kazillion stairs everywhere. I was also surprised to find that people there are obsessed with donkeys’ milk. They have donkey milk soaps, donkey milk moisturizers, hand lotions, etc.  Jokes apart, the absolutely breathtaking views of this island made me realize that if you are or have been wrecked, don’t let the past destroy your beauty. Bounce right back up! If you need extra energy, you might want to consider donkey’s milk.

Following are some of my clicks from this trip.

 

Oh and here is a short video from the trip.

Do let me know how you liked Santorini through my lens.
Oh and also share if there is a place you recommend for me to go next ❤

Love,
~ Rima (The Explorer)

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