[Image Credit: http://melbournelawyer.co] We met two interesting characters on the high speed train from Spiez, Switzerland to Milan, Italy. They were crammed into the same four person table that Shru and I were. Both were initially talking to each other in Italian, so we figured they didn’t know English. A few minutes went by before Shru asked the older guy, probably in his 50s, if he was stopping in Milan. He replied in near-perfect English that he had been in Zurich and was going on with his mother to their hometown in southern Italy near Sicily. The younger guy we’d find out later was 18 and was travelling from Basel, Switzerland to a small town on the Eastern coast of Italy. Both of their journeys would take over 10 hours by train. Here is what was interesting. The older guy was born in Italy, but spent 30 years of his life in Zurich, and now travels for work between Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. He speaks fluent German, Swiss, Italian, and English. The 18 year old was …
Countless waterfalls, snow topped mountain peaks, a cute village surrounded by towering cliffs. No, we didn’t photoshop Shru in a photo from the Lord of the Rings.
I don’t think we quite understood the full significance of Munich when we first arrived here from India. In school, we definitely studied the build-up of conflict in Europe prior to WWII, but history books tend to lump all Germans at the time into one big bucket with a big Nazi stamp on it.
After a few weeks of gluttony, it was time for us to make our pilgrimage to the holy river, Ganges to wash away our sins.
Part 2 of Gupta Family Adventures in Sri Lanka…
In the land of tea, monkeys, elephants and fresh coconut water..
From city lights to mountains to beaches..Sydney is a wonderland of diversity!
In search of the poisonous and dangerous…
Getting up close and personal with dairy cows
The Down Under adventure continues….
Stand up paddle boarding and Zorbing for the first time..
TroupinAround in the New Zealand wine country..
Troups battle the Tasman sea waves..
Hosteling is a new experience for us. We were predicting a bunch of smelly 20 yr olds running around and boozing it up all night. Shru being a clean freak was especially unnerved about the potential bathroom conditions that awaited her in the hostels.
There were many things that influenced our decision to leave the safety of our home and corporate jobs in the New York City area.
So, today we had the bright idea to try to change our seats on our Air New Zealand flight out of San Francisco to Auckland. For some reason, they had Shru and I in separate rows and we had a 7 hour layover to kill at the airport. Why not see if they had two seats together? So we journeyed over to our connection gate but of course there was no one there since the flight didn’t board for over 5 hrs, so we asked someone working at another counter where else we could find Air New Zealand personnel. They said our best bet was to just go back out of the gates to the departure counters and talk directly with the booking agents. We paused for a second, thinking how is it possible that there isn’t someone on this side that can look into this change for us, but we said ‘what the hell, we have so much time and the security lines aren’t even that long. Out we go! 15 minutes later we …