It was the summer of 2013 and time for yet another holiday! I started thinking about where to travel. Egypt, Greece and Turkey were amongst the first few destinations we had wished to visit since we moved to the UAE in 2008. We had already visited Turkey; Egypt was not politically stable at that time. Greece was the only choice.
(This post follows ‘She sells seashells…’ posted on 20 Jun 2017)
Seychelles is a paradise. It is a beach destination like Maldives that offers a variety of adventurous aquatic activities and a rich marine world to explore. However, Seychelles is different as it offers the scope to explore terrestrial treasures as well. It is a big island and free to be discovered unlike Maldives where one is restricted to the resort island he is staying on.
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.