Losing your valuables in a foreign country can be really scary. Alok Bhartia reckons a gun on your head pointed by a delinquent in a hoodie is much more terrifying. His recent trip to Paris was soured by a lone walk through Montmartre around 2 in the morning. Although Paris is considered a crime-free city, Alok ran out of luck when he was looking ‘swaggy’ and out-of-place. He was robbed of his money and booze! This happening served him a lesson he’ll never forget, to be alert! To help you wayfarers avoid getting robbed, Alok Bhartia suggests five must-dos.
- Keep walking and don’t stop if a mugger is pursuing you. Find a crowded place where you won’t be stalked. Most thieves won’t waste their time on one guy. They’ll look for another target.
- Carry a weapon-in-disguise for your self defense. Although it is better to lose your money than your limb, but a vagrants on meth can be dangerous. You’ll need something that can pass easily under the police scanner. Alok recommends a pencil. However, you’ll need John Wick’s skills to use it. A better idea would be to use pepper spray. No, it won’t make you look girly.
- If you don’t have any weapons, use the sharp shredders god has given you. Bite the mugger’s nose. No, we are not joking! Biting onto the thug’s nose will incapacitate them and confuse them. Make this move only when you feel you’re in physical danger.
- Friday is payday in most of the western countries. It’s not advisable to carry a lot of cash on this day of the week. Pickpockets and muggers consider it as their payday too!
- Make noise as much as you can to call for help! You need to draw a lot of attention to break the robber’s concentration as well.
Let’s hope you avoid a mugging with these points. You can read more travel tips on Alok Bhartia’s website. Stay safe and have fun!
Street art is one of the most unique forms of art. Although it holds a bad reputation, it can truly transform any city into a better place when conducted by skilled artists. A splash of street art could be a refreshing change to the setting of an otherwise dark, boring or dilapidated town. Traveler and blogger Alok Bhartia enlists some cities where you can find the best street art of all times.
- London, United Kingdom
In a city that’s known for its expensive lifestyle, you can look at a wide variety of street art for free. London’s street art ranges from large statues to murals to the Giant Rooster revealed in Trafalgar square.
- Lodz, Poland
The credit for most of the street art in Lodz goes to two artists, Przemyslaw Biejzyk and Mateusz Gapski, collectively known as ‘Etam’. Their works are usually several stories tall and are based on Polish folklore. These pieces of art are incredible to witness.
- New York City, United States of America
While the throbbing city is full of history and culture, it is also home to some of the most versatile street artists in the world, most of which have been flocking to Brooklyn area lately. Their unique art pieces are worth checking out.
- Santiago, Chile
If you are keen on exploring street art, Santiago would be heaven for you. This South American city has a plethora of incredibly vibrant art pieces created by several anonymous artists. Alok Bhartia suggests hiring a local guide that can direct you to all the amazing graffiti the city has to offer.
- Melbourne, Australia
‘The best surprises come from the least expected places.’ Melbourne holds this statement true. Street art gained popularity in Melbourne during the 1970s and 1980s, and is largely inspired from the graffiti found in New York City.
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A French traveler in India once told Alok Bhartia to unlock the European essence. It was confusing at first but the traveler continued and mentioned Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony. It’s true, the spirit of Europa lies in Dresden, where gothic architecture trumps over the senses. He visited this fantastic city and describes it as a ‘Vitruvian delight’. Based on his experiences, Alok Bhartia brings you five must-see places in Dresden that describe the magnificence of Europe.
This marvelous church was built in 1743. In World War II, it was reduced to rubbles by the allied bombing. After the unification of Germany in 1990, the drive to rebuild the damaged monuments took the wheel. Dresden Frauenkirche was made open to the public once again in 2005. This cathedral features music concerts and entertaining events round the year.
Catholic Court Church
The equestrian statue of King John of Saxony greets you with the quintessence of valor and might when you approach the Catholic Court Church. The church was finished in 1755. Later in 1980, it was anointed as a cathedral for its rich history and striking beauty.
Zwinger mit Semperbau
Alok Bhartia suggests visiting Zwinger mit Semperbau since this museum houses the history of Dresden. The Dresden porcelain collection is a must-see. If you find scientific instruments of the past interesting, you’ll love the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments.
The Golden Horseman
The glory of Saxony has been poured into a golden statue of Augustus the Strong, the king of Poland and a Saxony elector. It was raised in 1736 at the New Town market. It was Augustus the Strong who established Goth architecture in the Elbe.
German Hygiene Museum
As funny as it sounds, no, the German Hygiene Museum does not display medieval toilets. It was found in 1912 to promote healthy living and cleanliness. The famous glass woman statue, whose anatomy can be seen through the glass, should be checked out by everyone.
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