It was the summer of 2015. We were bored, tired and desperately in need of a break. Our passports had just got renewed. It was a perfect time for a holiday. However, most countries require us to apply for a visa prior to travel and submit tonnes of supporting documents to prove our identity, intention of travel and return etc. Hence, we prefer to go to a destination that offers visa on arrival to Indians.
(This post follows ‘Night flight to NYC’ posted on 30 May 2017)
We had hoped to start touring from the first day of reaching New York city. The day we had landed was Thanksgiving Day. We wanted to catch a glimpse of the famous Macy’s parade. We were so enthusiastic about it that we forgot about jet lag! But it hadn’t forgotten us.
(This post follows ‘The great American dream’ posted on 20 May 2017)
The day of departure finally arrived. We were to know the status of our ticket after reaching the airport. We dropped KitCat at our family friend’s house and headed to Abu Dhabi International Airport. Our flight was scheduled at 3.20 am (GMT + 4). Around 2.30 am or so, we were confirmed to fly.
You know from ‘To Russia by Chance’ that our plan to go to Nepal in November 2015 had to be cancelled. Vinod’s and my annual leaves were approved. I was almost desperate to travel. I couldn’t think of any other destination which offers visa on arrival to Indians and which we hadn’t visited before. Then, Vinod suggested going to New York.
(This post follows ‘Moscow memories – Part 2’ posted on 30 Apr 2017)
It was our last day in Russia. Our friends left soon after breakfast. We had a couple of hours before our flight. We could have used that either to shop for gifts and edibles at the grocery nearby or to visit the famous Tretyakov State Gallery. We thought about the options and quickly decided to visit the gallery. Shopping could be done at the airport.
(This post follows ‘Moscow memories – Part 1’ posted on 20 Apr 2017)
It was day 2 of our Moscow tour. It was going to be special because we were scheduled to visit the main attraction of Moscow – the Red Square. Situated in the heart of Moscow, the Red Square has historical, economic, political and religious importance. Over the years, it has served as a market, a ground for public executions and a site for parades and demonstrations.
(This post follows ‘Russian highlights’ posted on 10 Apr 2017)
Our family friends Maged and Berta arrived and we were super-excited to explore Moscow! Our tour guide – Katya, a young Russian girl, arrived on time to ‘pick’ us up. In Moscow, ‘pick up’ means the guide will come to the hotel and escort us to the tour sites on public transport for which we are supposed to pay. ‘Pick up in car’ means the guide will take us around in a private car, the cost of which would be included in the tour price. Weird way of expression! Why is it called a pick up when it’s not one?!