30 April, 2015

Harpa in Reykjavík, Iceland

 Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. We went for a jazz concert here tonight.

29 April, 2015

Delhi fashion blogger in Iceland

 I have been posting pictures, covered with layers of jackets, caps, etc. Today, I thought of posting some fashion pictures before leaving for teaching Tango.
I have posted pictures of me teaching in Reykjavik, Iceland here. Have a look.

Heavy jackets are not required indoors.
What I am wearing:
Dress: Gift from a dear friend.
Scarf: KCS
Heels: Mis Amores
Bracelets: Swarovski. Bought in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Yoga in Greenland

Greenland was freezing cold. We wore innumerable layers of clothes and the boots that weighed about 7 kgs to walk on the snow. The hand would freeze, the moment I took it out of gloves to click a picture from the camera. As soon as I removed the cap, the head was numb, the nose and ears froze. The natives felt less cold as compared to us. I was told, that the reason was that they ate meat of whale and consumed fish oil. Vegetables and fruits were hard to get there. We lived on bread and some nuts etc that we had taken along with us. The chef also prepared some pasta for us and some boiled potatoes, canned beans, etc. More detailed stories about Greenland will be posted soon. For now, some of my crazy attempts to pose for yoga poses on the snow, wearing all the layers and heavy boots. This is as adventurous as I could get.

Personal fitness trainer Delhi tells about pre & post workout stretches

Read my article in Times of India here.

Dogsledding in Greenland

Dog sledding in Greenland is the most traditional way of transportation during winters. We were transported from the tiny airport to our hotel in a helicopter. Arctic temperatures and several meters of snow are no match for the natural impressions and cultural twist that will warm your soul while dog sledding in Greenland. There’s something about experiencing Greenland’s majestic landscapes from the perspective of a dog sled. Maybe it is the slower pace that gives plenty of time to take in all the impressions or maybe it is the combination of sled dogs panting plus the rhythmic beat of their large paws, a sound that is suddenly magnified against a backdrop of pure silence.
Enjoying this fascinating experience of man and dog working together in nature does necessitate a small tolerance for chilly temperatures, but Arctic fanatics are not the only ones that can take pleasure in dog sledding. Dog sledding is, no doubt, a classic way to experience Arctic nature, but what the unsuspecting visitor does not know, and what is unique about dog sledding in Greenland, is that a heavy dose of Inuit culture comes along for the ride. Dog sledding helps tell the story of how Greenlanders adapt to the robust environment that surrounds them. Contrary to other Arctic locations, dog sledding in Greenland is a way of life, by choice if not by necessity. Living in and off of the nature is central to Greenlandic identity, and therefore when you are close to the nature, you are also close to the Greenlandic culture.
Our concern was that we did not want to participate in anything that was cruelty to animals. Our doubts were put to rest when we saw the owner/driver playing with his dogs. You can see that in pictures where the dogs leap on him and plays with him. Also a pup was given to me to hold and take care of. The mother had her watchful eyes on me. She even came and petted her pup. 
The energy level and endurance of sled dogs is unmatched, and it seems the command ‘Go’ is completely unnecessary as they are constantly in ‘Go’ mode!