about me

My name is Maya Viegas (I’m extremely proud of my surname.) I am thirteen.

I was born in Canada, lived in Singapore, spent time in England and now in India. I have experienced many places but that’s not enough.

I love travelling. Sounds clichéd, but I love it.

From a young age, my parents took me on numerous trips, to many places. I loved them all, though I was petrified of flying.

Waiting for hours in a giant metal tube with the sickly smell of air freshener is worth it when you touch down and realise you have the whole experience ahead of you. For me, that is the best part.

I want to become a nomad like the ones you see on Youtube, cruising with friends, dining with family, awake in the backseat, my camera trained on the early sunrise. OK, maybe I can’t do all that at once ’cause I’m only thirteen. But I can still travel. I can still blog about my adventures, my experiences.

What do I like?

I love running and swimming and pranking people. I wouldn’t go to sleep if I had the chance. I can eat a whole pineapple but ask me to eat papaya and I’ll puke all over your face. English is my favourite subject. The music I like changes every three days and I can listen to the same song for hours on end if I want to.My current hobbies are fangirling over youtubers (02l and Weekly Chris) and books (Percy Jackson and Sophie Mckenzie). I play the piano and shoot baskets. I am obsessed with minions and dogs . I am also waiting for the day when my satyr will come to take me to camp half blood, or the day that my whatsapp group will finally commit to one of the plans we make.

And I realise that I may not be a  travel blogger  with their cameras on fleek and breathtaking landscape beneath; but this is my start.

I haven’t been everywhere.

But it’s on my list.


abu dhabi-

During the holidays, my family had the idea to visit Abu Dhabi, and meet our cousin who stayed there. My first thoughts were expected; shopping, hotels, plenty of sibling rivalry and a modernized city just like Dubai. I was about to find out just how wrong I could possibly be. So here is my first trip to the UAE, and all of my unexpected experiences there.

I was absolutely knackered when I landed in Abu Dhabi, having stayed up all early morning bingeing on the fabulous movie selection; because it’s possible for me to watch the Divergent movie after complaining for hours on end that it’s a rubbish adaptation of the book.

As the plane touched down with a slight bump, I stared out the window, desperate to leave the plane and go outside. After what felt like, hours on end of prodding people and penguin waddling towards then entrance and then *gasp* fresh air.

The Abu Dhabi airport has a stunning overview with an iconic tower shaped like a wind sail. Coincidentally, I was greeted by a calm breeze, and my uncle, of which the former was unexpected. I had staggered out with sunhats, sunscreen and shorts, expecting to be melted after leaving the airport.

Abu Dhabi is made up of a number of islands; I stayed at my aunt’s house on Al Reem Island. I kept up an unproductive sloth mentality, lying all over my cousin’s bedroom until my family decided to visit the Corniche. A gorgeous and neat beachfront, resembling Singapore, and ideal for cycling or running up and down, with headphones jammed in, and hair flying behind. I cycled for a while, then explored parts of the city. Abu Dhabi is connected with sub level walkways, cabs all over and a bus system, and the streets themselves are easy to navigate.

When evening falls, small, traditional bakeries open up to reveal lavash-ish  flatbread, contrasting to the modern architecture and glass buildings dominating the islands. There are plenty of art galleries, small fairs and malls all over, although leave an extra day for the shopping. You’ll need it.IMG_0821IMG_0950