Hi there! Welcome to my blog.

I am Shmruthi – Smithy for those who find it dizzying to pronounce my name ๐Ÿ˜€ Up until my 22nd year, I was leading a pretty clichรฉd life as an IT Engineer in India. Then I decided toย move to Paris. For my Masters.

No, not in fashion but in Business ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย And No, I did not know French!

Shmruthi's pictureThis move and everything that followed has transformed me into a different person. In ย many ways I am the very same person I was before, yet in many ways I am not.

For instance, I now LOVE travelling! It no longer gives me the creeps to travel alone and I have come to love the beauty of uncertainty ๐Ÿ˜€

I started this blog when I was doing an internship in Vietnam in early 2014. For the last two and a half years, my postgraduate education has enabled me to spread my wings across Europe and SE Asia. I am now in my final semester, doing a study exchange in Hong kong enjoying the final leg of my exciting roller coaster ride! Months from entering the “real world” and here I am back to blogging to keep alive the excitement! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am the sort of person who collects memories, stories and loads of pictures as souvenirs rather than physical objects. So those are the things I intend to fill my blog with ๐Ÿ™‚ Hop along and I hope you enjoy the ride!

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    • Thanks for the comment Elaine ๐Ÿ™‚ I browsed through a lot of your blog posts and found many interesting. Your travel stories in SE Asia will definitely come in handy for my travel planning in the next 6 months. I hope you’ll like my versions and views ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Hey Shmruthi, great blog you have here! Amazing experiences!

    I have taken surprisingly similar path, getting bitten by the travel bug while exploring Europe while on a Masters course in Paris and then travelling SE Asia and many other places in India. So reading through your blog inspires me to write more ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wow, I’m pleasantly surprised by the coincidences and glad that I get to meet you in this blogging journey. But it’s no surprise that Paris is churning out travel maniacs like us ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a beautiful city! Thanks a loootttt for your kind words about the blog. I’ll keep sharing my experiences and I urge you too to share more. It would definitely give me more inspirations ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha.. ๐Ÿ˜€ I try! Thanks for the comment and for checking out my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad to meet you as well, you have an amazing blog & I loved your posts..u are very creative ๐Ÿ™‚ See you around!

    • Thanks for the comment Krishnan ๐Ÿ™‚ I checked out your blog earlier today and I really like the way you write on various topics. I’ll be coming back for more too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Shmruthi there’s plenty of excitement packed in your blog. The photos and your write-up are interesting and educative too. All the best.
    Many thanks and cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Great to find you here in blogosphere, Smruthi ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hat’s off to your decision to venture for a solo trip and it’s great to see that you enjoyed it thoroughly…

    Have a great time…

    • Thanks a ton for all your sweet comments ๐Ÿ™‚ I m glad to ve found your blog as well.. Kerala is amazingly beautiful and I have just been to the touristic places there even though I lived in the neighboring state for almost all my life! Eager to discover the hidden treasures of Kerala through your blog =)

      • In fact I have been living in Bangalore for last 10 years and just said bye bye to my beloved Garden City.

        This really helped me to view my native place with a fresh perspective and just feel like I am a tourist here ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks a lot for following my blog here, and sure I’ll share more images from my unexplored home place.

  4. Thank you so much for following me, Shmruthi. I’m so excited to read more about your adventures, as you’re living a very courageous life that must be full of surprises! I also must say that I absolutely love the layout of your blog. Very vivid and engaging! Best of luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks a lot for your compliments Adelie ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to see you around here from now.. I really love the way you write, you must definitely publish that book of yours, bon courage!

  5. Shmruthi! What you’re doing is amazing! I’ve been waiting to find some time to read all about your travels. Oh and I accidentally nominated your blog for the Leibster award..it’s apparently meant for bloggers with less than 300 followers, but I had your blog on my mind for the past few days so I excitedly went and ahead and gave you some Leibster. http://thesalmonyatra.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/the-salmon-meets-her-neighbors/
    More power to you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, you must check out Sharon over at http://whereisshyamni.wordpress.com/ – she’s an Indian girl gone travellin’ too!

    • Wow Sara! Thank you soo much for the nomination โค โค I never saw that one coming ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love your blog and I am honored that you passed on this friendly neighborhood award to me.. I'll write a post on it real sooon! And I am checking out Sharon right now. Thanks again!!! Cheers =)

  6. I SO look forward to reading about your adventures! Based on your ‘about’ page, I would love to live your kind of life! ๐Ÿ™‚ Travelling is a joy. ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Blogging!

    • M glad you find my About page interesting ๐Ÿ˜‰ yes! I am enjoying this partial nomadic life right now when I can be young and carefree ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your very warm welcome into this fabulous world of blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Your blog is beautiful! I love that you travel alone and are learning and growing from that experience! I can’t wait to read more of your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

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