• Personal,  Travel,  Work

    London Calling!

    My secondment at my company got me flying off to London and I fell in love with the city the minute I stepped out of the airport. And, I have grown to love the place even more in the past three weeks. I must confess that I haven’t seen much of this place, because I have been working a lot more out here than back in Bangalore! But, the work is good and responsibility is even better. I am hoping that the week to come will be a bit lighter. I landed here on the 3rd which was a bank holiday out here in UK and so grabbed complete opportunity…

  • Personal,  Travel

    My Goa Trip

    Well, it’s been two weeks since I got back from Goa and I’ve spent the last two weeks documenting the daily visits of Goa. To sum up, my entire visit of Goa was fun. It was the first time that I went there, but I’ve learned how to get myself around it (hopefully) Anyway, here’s the listing of the trip to Goa. Day 0 – Bombay to Goa Day 1 – The Hitchhikers Day 2 – Museum Hunting Day 3 – At Home Day 4 – Shopping and Walking Day 5 – Wining and Dining Day 6 – Church Day 6 – A Day at the Beach Day 7 –…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Goa Travels: Day 7 – Goa to Bombay

    As all good things come to an end, our exhausting but extremely enjoyable vacation in Goa finally drew to a close. We had tickets for the afternoon Shatabdi Express back to Mumbai. But, the return journey didn’t mean we didn’t have an exhausting morning. It began with us gardening, more like pruning the the plants out there in preparation for the monsoon, when they grow uncontrolled. This also meant my debut in this field 😉 Before that, Crispin headed off to Badem to meet his grandmother. He returned with a huge box of mangoes… a huge, extremely heavy box that we had to lug back to Mumbai. After lunch, we set…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Goa Travels: Day 6 – A Day at the Beach

    A week in Goa without visiting the beach is something very few people would do. Well, we aren’t among those people. We had plans to go swimming in a nice swimming pool, but when plans didn’t work out, we chose to visit the beach. The beaches in Goa are usually crowded and on a Sunday afternoon it’s at its worst. And Baga Beach is among the most crowded of beaches as the picture above shows you. However, Valley knew of a secluded portion of Baga Beach, which is where we headed to. It worked well, because we got the beach almost to ourselves, with the exception of a few lechers…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Goa Travels: Day 6 – Church

    We slept quite late (infact early in the morning) after the barbecue on Saturday and it was quite a bit of a problem awaking by 7am to make it for the 8am mass. However, we did struggle out of our beds and get ready. Now Thivim Chapel is right on top of the hill, which means a great deal of walking indeed! Walking is bad enough, walking up a hill is worse, walking up a hill in the heat can be a real pain, but walking up a hill in the heat in formals is a real killer! By the time we were at the top we were totally drenched…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Goa Travels: Day 5 – Wining and Dining

    We may have walked all over Thivim the previous day, but that wouldn’t stop us from travelling to Badem to visit Crispin‘s Grandmother. Our last visit to Badem was pretty much a disaster as it involved us hitchhiking all over the place. Our trip to Mapusa was by the usual bus. We were accompanied by Dora, who for some strange reason buys half tickets for all of us. And the stranger thing is that the conductor gives her them knowing it is for us! Anyway, our journey from Mapusa to Badem was extremely comfortable as we got a ride in a car, yes a real car, and one with an…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Goa Travels: Day 4 – Shopping and Walking

    After a rested day at home, Friday was a tiring and leg breaking experience! Friday is the big Mapusa bazaar, which means lots of things to shop and lots of crowds to shop with… I’m not a crowd person. We walked through the bazaar and picked up loads of vegetables, some bread and then visited the fish market for some bangdas (mackerels) and prawns. Then went to pickup the things we needed to take home, which included cashews, booze and Goa Sausages. While shopping, we made sure we kept consuming fluids; sugarcane juice, lime soda (got fleeced), lime juice and flavored milk. Needed this as it was horribly hot and…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Goa Travels: Day 3 – At Home

    After two travelling days in Goa, we didn’t have any plans for the third day and so decided to take the day off and recuperate. We spent the whole morning and afternoon at home, though Crispin and Ruth did pay a visit to the fields which two of us visited later. You must note that I am and have been a city boy all my life, and definitely have OCD when it comes to keeping myself clean! So, walking through a cow dung ridden field was pretty much a major nightmare for me. The fields were huge, stretching in all directions. They aren’t normally this green at this time of…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Goa Travels: Day 2 – Museum Hunting

    If there is one thing I hate doing, then it is walking. And more than hating walking, I hate walking around in the hot sun, which is pretty much what we did all over Panaji. I began the day making frankfurters and eggs for breakfast. Could have done with some pepper and a fan as well, but well, breakfast wasn’t all that bad. We set off around 10 towards Panjim or Panaji as it is called now. The plan was to meet Dora near Miramar. We caught the tempo (mini-bus) to Panaji directly and landed at their prass (depot) in an hours time. We took another bus from there and…

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