• Personal,  Travel

    Cornwall – Pentargon

    After a disappointing visit to Bude, Ashwina and I decided that we would stick to Boscastle and explore Penally Hill. During our previous trips around the area, we had noticed the coastal pathway that takes you to Pentargon waterfall. I checked out the details of the same on the South West Coast Path. This is a circular path that climbs to the very top of Penally Hill and then around the coast to Pentargon cliff where you can get a glimpse of the waterfall. We woke up late and had a quick breakfast. Got ready and went down for a late lunch to Harbour Light. I was so impressed by the…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Cornwall – Bude

    We had planned to visit Bude, which is further North, along the coast. We took the 595 Western Greyhound from Boscastle to Bude, which is about 30 minutes away. The journey is mainly through fields with the last portion along the Bude coastline which is as spectacular as most of the coast here in North Cornwall. The bus dropped us off at the Strand in Bude and at that point our misadventure began. Bude has 3 beaches and the place is known for surfing. Other than that it also attracts hikers who travel the South West Coastal Path back to Boscastle. We didn’t have plans to do either. And, then…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Cornwall – Boscastle Harbour

    Ashwina and I had originally planned to check out the Bodmin and Wenford steam railway. But we ended up waking up late and couldn’t get the 11.50am bus out of the harbour. Once you get out of London or other main cities, then public transport services are not that efficient. If you miss one bus,  the next one is an hour or two away. We decided to just explore the area. Since it was almost lunch time, we went down to the local cafe,  where I had a simply amazing Cornish burger which easily beats some really good burgers that I have eaten in London at prices you will never…

  • Welcome to Dunwich Heath
    Personal,  Travel

    Tales from the Countryside

    I grew up reading Enid Blyton‘s series of books especially Famous Five and Secret Seven. And, one thing that is common to them all was the country side. During my trip to Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye, I got a taste of the Scottish countryside and it was befitting that we visited the English countryside as well. A few of my regular readers might recall that I married Ashwina last February and to celebrate our anniversary, I took the week off from work. Ashwina came up with the brilliant suggestion of taking a trip to Dunwich Heath which is located in Saxmundham which lies on the east coast of…

  • Forwards,  Fun Stuff,  Jokes

    Long Hair

    A young boy had just gotten his driver’s permit and enquired of his father, if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, get your hair cut and we’ll talk about the car.” Well, the boy thought about that for a moment, and settle for the offer, and they agreed on it. After about six weeks they went in to the study, where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud. You’ve brought your grades up, and I’ve observed that you have been studying…

  • 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 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 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…

  • Personal,  Work

    Voting Day today!

    Had planned on getting home yesterday and opening my books a bit. However, my stupid bus driver missed my stop as usual. And you can’t find a rickshaw in the area. So just went off to the ATM and later met up with Madam A who works in the area and was wrapping up for the day. Had a long discussion with her on the way back home about the utter lack of good candidates in our area and the Government at large. Though she insists on everyone voting and I will agree with her, I can understand why people don’t. Looking at the amount of taxes that I pay…

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