Vignesh Reddy Kandi



20 countries before 21 – Vignesh Reddy Kandi

20 countries before 21 – Vignesh Reddy Kandi I always thought that, if I could make it to 20 countries before turning 21. But I haven’t But let’s see what countries I have been to and why. 1. Finland 2. Sweden 3. Estonia 4. Latvia 5. Lithuania 6. Portugal 7. Denmark 8. South Korea 9. Germany 10. Austria 11. Hungary 12. Poland 13. Czechia 14. Slovakia 15. Netherlands 16. Belgium 17. Luxembourg Thanks for reading! Vignesh Reddy Kandi

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A Trip Through the Benelux- Vignesh reddy kandi

Author : A Trip Through the Benelux: Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg – Vignesh reddy kandi Since returning from Austria in January, I’ve only made a short trip to Hämeenlinna. Recently, I discovered a SAP event in the Netherlands and since I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam, it seemed like the perfect excuse to go. I’m planning to be there for two weeks and visit three countries. I found a good deal on flights to Amsterdam with SAS, which helps because they offer discounts for young people. I don’t have a detailed plan for after I arrive, but I’m thinking of starting in Amsterdam on the 19th, then going to Leeuwarden on the 21st to meet my friend Aldo and attend the SAP event for the rest of the week. After that, I plan to drive to Brussels, stay a few days, and then visit Luxembourg. These three places are my main goals, but if I still have money left, I might also go to France or maybe return to Norway. I’m really looking forward to this trip that will last two to three weeks, and this time, I’m not sticking to a fixed schedule.

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5 Months in Vienna, Austria

Why Vienna? So, why Vienna? Well, it was either here, Switzerland, or Mexico for my exchange. I went with Austria mainly because it’s kind of cheap and my dad used to be here when I was little. I heard so many stories about Vienna growing up, it just seemed right to finally check it out myself. Plus, staying for five months? That’s the only way to really get bedt experience possible, way better than just hitting the tourist spots. And My cousins, Sai Sri Anmandla and Srija Anmandla, are in Vienna! Having family around made everything way more fun. without them, I might have got off Vienna pretty quick. I landed on September 4th, 2023, which was a Sunday, and yup, everything was closed. I moved into my spot at Haus Panorama in the 20th district, finding food was a mission. It was already 10 PM, and my go-to, Wolt, doesn’t even work here yet. Ended up finding out a doner kebab costs like €3.50 here, which is a steal compared to the €10 back in Finland. The uni system here? Not a fan. I went to Fh technikum wien. It feels way more pressured than what I’m used to. They’ve got this mandatory attendance thing to get grades, which is a total switch from the chill vibe in Finland. It’s all discipline and structure here, which isn’t really my jam. Vienna’s cool and all, but I miss places like the startup sauna back home—Vienna’s kinda short on open coworking spaces and English networking events. But geographically, it’s ace. Just a couple of hours from most places around, and the public transport? Super cheap. Got my whole five months covered for like 80€. I planned to hit up all the neighboring cities and countries, but I ended up flying back to Finland like every month. Still, bouncing between Helsinki and Vienna was pretty cool. And yo, I had to grab an Insta360 X3 because my phone just wasn’t doing justice to all the epic stuff around here. The view from my apartment alone, right on a running lake, was just 🔥 At first, Vienna and I didn’t really click, but by the end, I kinda started feeling a vibe with the city. Makes me wonder, should I stick around a bit longer?

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Tikkurila to Hämeenlinna (2 years already)

When it came time to choose a university for my bachelor’s degree, I decided on Hamk. At the time, I didn’t realize what a challenge it would be. When I looked at Google maps, the travel time seemed reasonable, just 50 minutes. That was no big deal for me, since it takes me an hour to get to Espoo. Unfortunately, my first class starts at 8:45 a.m., which means I have to take a train that arrives before then. The only option available for me is the train that departs from Tikkurila at 7:19 a.m. This means I have to wake up at least an hour earlier to make it to that train. And, to make matters worse, sometimes the train gets delayed, forcing me to stand in the cold for even longer. The buses in Hämeenlinna are unreliable, so I can never count on them to be on time. Waiting for them is a frustrating experience, but when the train is delayed, I’m almost happy because it means I don’t have to deal with the unreliable buses. Of course, this only happens on rare occasions. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my time at Hamk, except for the early mornings.

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Austria could be my next…

Last year, two of my close friends discussed going for an exchange program, and I didn’t feel the same way. I was content with studying at Hamk and demotivated them by not showing interest. However, a year later, an email from my guidance counselor made me realize that I should also explore exchange opportunities. I started researching and found various options in Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Spain, Mexico, and South Korea. Initially, I was sure that I wanted to stay in Europe, but then Austria caught my attention. There was something about the country that made me feel connected to it, and I decided to apply to a university in Austria. I’m eagerly waiting to hear back from the universities and excited on this journey. It’s amazing how a change in perspective can make you reconsider your choices. Fingers crossed for Austria, or maybe even another country!

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Delayed Dreams: My First International Flight Experience

As a travel enthusiast, I always dreamed of flying in a comfortable airplane with a screen and a 3 X 3 seating layout. However, domestic flights in India usually offer cramped spaces and subpar air experience. Therefore, I was thrilled when I finally got the chance to embark on my first international flight from India to Finland with Air India. Our route involved multiple stops, with flights from Hyderabad to Delhi, Delhi to Sweden, and Sweden to Helsinki. Although it was a more expensive option, we chose this airline for the generous check-in and cabin baggage allowances of 60 kg and 10 kg, respectively, which was significantly higher than other airlines flying to Finland from India. We had a lot of memorable and useful items to carry, so my family and I ended up bringing a lot of luggage, requiring three cars to transport it all to the airport. The airport was located three hours from our home, so we had to factor in additional travel time and arrived at the airport three hours before our scheduled boarding time to avoid the massive crowds during the luggage drop-off. Surprisingly, the luggage drop-off was smoother and quicker than expected, and we had three hours to spare before our flight. We spent our time eating and lounging by the gate until we heard the announcement that our flight was delayed by two hours. I wasn’t looking forward to the flight as I had already flown multiple times on this route, but to my surprise, even the domestic leg of the journey was a pleasant experience. We were supposed to have a five-hour layover in Delhi airport, but due to the delay in Hyderabad, we only had two hours left when we arrived at the gate. To make matters worse, we received another announcement that our flight would be delayed by an additional four hours. However, I spent the six hours playing 8-ball pool and indulging in the complimentary lunch and refreshments. Finally, the time had come for my first international flight, and I was worried about flying with Air India as many people had complained about their old fleet. However, we were lucky enough to board a new aircraft, and the entertainment system was excellent, with an array of movies to choose from. The food was also delightful, and I experienced a range of emotions, from happiness and excitement to sadness, during the long flight. We landed at Arlanda Airport in Sweden, but unfortunately, there was a massive line at immigration, and we had only one hour to catch our connecting flight. Despite our efforts, we missed our flight, and we were stuck in Sweden for two days. We called Air India and argued with them for a long time to arrange another flight for us. Eventually, they provided us with a business-class hotel inside the airport, and they arranged for us to take another flight the next evening. Although the delay meant our trip was only a short two-day stay in Sweden, we had a fantastic time and enjoyed interacting with the locals. We flew to Helsinki, and our three-day journey came to an end. The trip was unforgettable in every way, and I had an amazing experience flying with Air India. Although we faced a few challenges.

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Trip to Riga – Vignesh Reddy Kandi

Trip to Riga: Exploring Latvia’s Beautiful Capital – Vignesh Reddy Kandi In January 2023, my brother and I went on a four-day trip to Riga. We decided to take the cheapest flight available, which was with Ryanair. Despite hearing mixed reviews, we booked the tickets for only €20 each.Our main goal for the trip was to have a staycation and do some fun activities. We didn’t have any specific expectations, but we were excited to explore Riga. We found a good deal on a hotel, the Park Inn by Radisson, for €200 for four nights. Our flight from Helsinki was supposed to depart at 10:50 pm, but it was delayed for two hours. We had to wait in the airport for a long time, but unfortunately, there were no open stores to keep us occupied. Despite the delay, we enjoyed flying with Ryanair. (Except horrible landing experience in Riga 💀) On our first day, we headed to the Old Town to explore. We found that the Old Town in Riga was even better than Tallinn’s Old Town. We stumbled upon an Indian restaurant and decided to try it out. The food was delicious, and the prices were half of what we would pay for the same meal in Helsinki. We visited some great places, such as the Riga Market, the National Museum of Art, and the Riga Cathedral. Had some fun activities there..And i felt there is nothing more to see in Riga so thought of taking a bus to Vilnius, Lithuania, but the travel time was too long, so we decided to not to go. We returned to Helsinki after four days of having lots of fun in Riga. Luckily, our flight back was not delayed, and we had a great trip overall and it would be best if i went there in the summer. Thanks for reading- Trip to Riga: Exploring Latvia’s Beautiful Capital – Vignesh Reddy Kandi

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