Friday, December 23, 2011

European Diaries - Planning on a Shoestring Budget

Warning: Very long post ahead!

From the travelogue, 15th September 2011 – They say that when you wait for something for too long, the anticipation kills the excitement. Not sure when we started planning for Europe, but here I am…at the Colombo airport waiting for my connecting flight to Frankfurt. You’d think that we would be doing a jig right in the middle of the airport. But like I said, all the meticulous planning has made us as dead as wood! 
Enough with the ranting. So, ever since Sunshine and I met, there was an implicit pact to travel. We might be like chalk and cheese, yet plans are easy and the differences, comfortable. Europe started out as an ambitious plan. I think for some dreams to turn into reality, all you need is some nonchalance. Nonchalance for everything else, except what you really want to do. What started as an 8 day plan finally became a 17 day one. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

European Diaries - The Beginning

A backpacking trip to Europe. This was always always on the wishlist. I don't know why people wait to be 40 to live their dreams. The reluctance is not about the money. Maybe time. But all you got is this one life! And if you look back and all you have to show for your existence is days and years spent studying and drinking coffee in boring office meetings, you need to rethink your priorities. So, this one is for all the non-believers. Because I'll make you believe that its a crime to not travel. You probably need a cat's nine lives and more to see all that the world has to offer. Luxury is not in the spas and plush rooms of a 5 star...luxury is in the happiness of just picking up a bag and walking down a long winding road. Seeing new things. Meeting new people. Seeing the sunset from different corners of the world. Climbing up till fear and fatigue are left behind. Speeding down as the world zooms by. To pick up a small piece of every place you go to. To not belong to a country, state or city. But to just belong. To every place you go to. A smile..a shake of hands..a few days and an open mind. That's all you need. And all I have. :) Living the dream. That's what I am doing. I hope you do too.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Joys of HDR on a lousy weekend

Yes, this is one lousy weekend! A dentist's appointment and not a soul at home. Definitely does not add up to anything good. Oh c'mon, I got to rant somewhere..be it this blog or that. :P The doc says I can't talk for an entire day, after the extraction. Can you imagine..One Entire Day! Good thing Sunshine's not around, she would've cracked up seeing me without my wisecracks. Am thinking I'll write them down on the new scribble board :D

Okay, this is really turning out to be a non - travel, non - photography post. So, today morning like a good kid I went to the Besant Nagar beach armed with one of my favourite companions - my camera. If love can be objectified, then this is it. Me and my camera. It makes the world a colourful place. Amidst all the blandness that our life is most of the time, this camera is the literal translation of seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses. :D That and more!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Road Trip through Western Ghats - 22nd April, 2011

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.  ~Lao Tzu


As per Mr. Tzu, we are good travelers. Really good actually. We had no plan in mind. Whatever little we did in the name of planning, we screwed up royally. One of us missed a flight. All of us missed the train. Missed a bus too! Water transport was the only one which didn't take a hit, but that's because we didn't travel on one. :-) 

It was a long weekend and that just spells one thing for us - travel. So this time we decided to go the rugged way. A road trip tracing the route Bangalore - Shimoga - Jog Falls - Sharavathi Valley - Murudeshwar - Mangalore. I did mention that we missed the train right? So that train was supposed to take us to Shimoga and from there, we were supposed to figure out our way ahead. With no other train in sight, we hired a non AC tattered Sumo..with a driver whose right hand was pretty much like mine..in a bandage! 


Our ride :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Shringi - 12th February, 2010

Last few months of MBA are quintessentially utopian. After spending more than a year lusting for 8 hours of sleep, we finally had the freedom and time to sleep without an alarm. The funny thing about freedom is, once you have it, you wouldn't bother to indulge in it. So we didn't sleep. We planned. Dinners, lunches, breakfasts, parties and travel.

As is true for the student community, money was a big constraint for us as well. Sometimes constraints make some really good plans. It all started from some travel blog I was going through. One site led to another, and this place called 'Shringi' cropped up (http://www.gonomad.com/lodgings/0810/india-shringi-vatika.html).

Shringi Vatika

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Weekend Inertia

A city with a beach gives you a way out from the humdrum of crowded restaurants, traffic-packed streets and all the mess that comes with being in a big city. One of the many reasons why I like Chennai :-). This weekend had inertia written all over it. I merged with my bean bag and only emerged in times of extreme need. So, today evening we thought we'll take our cameras for a stroll on the beach. I needed to put an end to my furniture-like existence and well..something about moonlight and the way it lights up the beach. Its quite surreal. I love it with or without the lenses. :-)

Moonlit Besant Nagar Beach

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pondicherry - 13th April, 2011

Elections in Tamil Nadu. Two long peaceful days stretching ahead of us and we were without a plan. They say the best trips happen without a plan to constrain them. 
Lunch @ Cornucopia
So Sunshine and I woke up at a very lazy hour, threw in a few things and dragged ourselves to one of our favourite places for lunch. The idea was to reach Pondicherry somehow and then well..just reach I guess.