Ready, Steady, Go!
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Itās been just over a month since my last post wherein I wrote about how I landed up at TB. A lot of exciting things have happened during the past month and itās time to update you about my dream holiday to
Before I start, my sincere apologies to all those who see the location Mumbai and think that this is a blog about Mumbai. This is post about the wonderful time Iāve been having preparing for my long two month holiday in
These days I wake up when everyone in my country goes to sleep and sleep when everyone goes to work. As I am from
I had already zeroed in on the countries I would visit (or at least I thought I had!) so the next logical step was to look out for best air fares. I am lucky to have a travel agent in the family. The fun started even as she punched the names of cities I wanted to visit. Do you wish to go to
First lessons learnt. Be very careful about the cities you book your flights to especially when they are non-refundable!
The Brazilian consulate was alive and kicking at the stated location and I breathed a sigh of relief when I got there and collected the application form. Wanting to know the submission timings I asked the receptionist when I could submit the form and promptly got a very intelligent answer āHow would I know sir? You can submit it depending on when you want to travel!ā I knew immediately that the Brazilians had outsourced the management of the reception desk to a local company with a very good sense of humour. I want to know the submission timings I clarified!
The policemen guarding the entrance had a small advice to give. You better come half an hour before closing time or else you might not find anyone here.
The Peruvians donāt have a presence in Mumbai and I had to contact their embassy in
If you have read my previous post you might recall that I had dropped
After doing the ground work for airfares and visas it was time to browse the net for stuff like hotels to stay, places to visit, people to meet, things to do etc. My computer has literally become my window to the world and it beats me how people were managing their travels in olden timesā¦say in 1990 B.C. (Before Computers)
TB and friends from Livemocha have been an unbeatable source of genuine information about every place I could imagine. Iāve met more amazing people in the past few weeks and am absolutely excited about my trip.
My first stop will be
Amelia is like an UFO one minute you see her and other you donāt. I think she is busier than Obama! Enough of being busy Amelia, itās time for replies!! You need to learn more Hindi too.
Suzi perfectly fits the description of āthe girl next doorā who is beautiful, intelligent and funny. She belongs to a very close knit family and. Iām sure that someday soon sheāll make her family proud. Carry on the research Suzi! She keeps reminding me not to forget my umbrella when I visit her coz it often rains in summer. Now who would want to carry an umbrella when its raining and you are with woman as pretty as she is. Thatās the best time to share an umbrella right?? I know she is all going Ufff after reading this. Ok ok just teasing you Suzi..I promise I wonāt forget my umbrella Iāll carry mine and just hope you forget yoursā¦(I can hear another UfffJ).
The most infectious smiles belong to Luparuta and Nassy who I have just said hello to and hardly interacted with. Lupa tells me that her radiant smile is just a sample of the millions of happy faces I will see in
How can I forget Katarina the teenager. Kats was a total shock! She seems to know more about
The best warning I have ever received is about
If Argentineans speak with attitude Peruvians speak with altitude. I am looking forward to getting used to
Coming to this part you must be wondering how this blog post has moved from preparation to people!! Well, I am not surprised coz I have always believed that people make the place and am a proud member of the club whose motto is āRather be in Hell with friends than in Heaven alone!ā My friends in the virtual world and the real world make me feel like the luckiest person on earth. I truly believe Iām blessed with best of friends one can ever wish for. Yes, lucky me!!!
Getting back to the preparations, my flights are all booked, hotels are either booked or decided. All the fine print, conditions and clauses have been read and its time to buy some gifts for all the friends I will be meeting. Ive always loved buying gifts and enjoy shopping for gifts more than I enjoy shopping for myself. One cousin calls me the Santa Claus of our family and thatās my best compliment to-date!!
The 17 hour layover at
This has been a long post after a long time but my next will be sooner and shorter coz in a monthās time I should be airborne!!