Safari savaari

(This post follows ‘This time for Africa’ published on 30 Oct, 2017)

We were ready to begin the first leg of our South African trip. After we had breakfast, Mr. Williams from Outlook Travel came to pick us up. We set off on a 5-hour drive for a 3-day stay at Kruger National Park. The trip to the park was going to be all about spotting and observing animals. Vinod and I were super excited! We had packed clothes of colours that blend with the environment and insect repellents, especially for this trip. We were joined by an East Asian couple and their child.

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This time for Africa!

It was September of 2011; time for another holiday. Vinod chose South Africa. I didn’t contest because I didn’t have a destination in mind. Vinod had spoken to many of his colleagues who travel a lot and all of them had recommended South Africa as ‘the’ destination to experience wildlife, adventure and nature.

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Driving in foreign lands

I have two driving licences; the one issued by Indian authorities permits me to drive cars with manual transmission and the one issued by the UAE authorities permits me to drive cars with automatic transmission. Personally, I am more confident driving automatic cars. I love SUVs. I have driven in India and continue to drive in the UAE, where I am a resident since 2008. I also had the opportunity to drive in foreign lands.

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Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 3

(This post follows ‘Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 2’ posted on 30 Aug 2017)

It was a bumpy ride; I was almost going to throw up. Boat rides and cruises look more appealing than they actually are. We reached Santorini seaport. Our pick-up was there holding a placard with our names on it. We rode uphill along the windings and were dropped at El Greco, a boutique hotel on the main street in Fira.

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Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 2

(This post follows ‘Mamma mia! Island-hopping in Greece – Part 1’ posted on 10 Aug 2017)

Next morning, we were back at the Piraeus port to board the Superjet speedboat to the Cycladic island of Mykonos. We boarded the speedboat and settled in our seats. However, the boat didn’t pull out. A little later, many passengers started getting off. It looked like something was not right. We asked one of the officers. He informed that the weather did not permit for the speedboat to set out. We too alighted the boat.

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