Euro trip – Roma, Italy (Day 1)

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Long long ago I had been to Rome, the capital of Italy and I explored Rome also called as Roma to my fullest extent. Since then I was trying to share the memories I had with Rome, ancient city from Roman times. It was fascinating to see some of the old roman structures standing to this date surviving many wars, weathers. Considering myself as learner and fan of history I was happy to be in this ancient city and witness the following architecture and monuments of ancient Rome.

Thanks to Roma pass, my friends and I had pretty easy access to visit these amazing places in our three day stay at Roma. On the first day we tried to explore as many places as possible and the result is here.

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Colosseum

 

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Eurotrip – Florence, Italy

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Florence, also called as Firenze is one of main cities of Italy and home to some of amazing art works of renaissance period, is also my favorite city in Italy. Florence was second stop during our trip to Italy after Pisa. From Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David to panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo along with Italian cuisines, everything was perfect and I enjoyed every moment I stayed in Florence.

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We reached Florence in the evening and by the time settled in our rooms it was already dark. We thought of exploring the city and its night life. We started our journey visiting Galleria dell’Accademia where we came across famous Michelangelo’s masterpiece David and many other art works. Being someone who is fan of history, I heard about David and saw his picture for the first time in history book during my school time. And the moment I stood next to the actual sculpture, it made me realize how far I have come in time and space. The look on David’s face and his famous warning glare which said “you talking to me?” and veins on his right were some of the amazing details of the sculpture that caught my attention. Further exploration of the galleria led me to some other amazing art works and my favorites are here.

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Masterpiece

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Later that evening we had dinner in a restaurant whose name I forgot but not the taste of pasta and lasagna. Then we got the opportunity of enjoying the chocolate syrup and waffles en route to our hostel rooms during last hours on the last day of the stalls. Then, met our friends from Toulouse at Ponte Vecchio.

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Next morning with a city map in our hands provided by our hostel receptionist, we went to Piazzale Michelangelo. There we met our friends from Toulouse.

Then we all went to visit Giordino Bardini, Palazzo Pitti, another house of many roman arts and culture where we spent most of the day.

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Later we headed towards cathedral by which it was dark already but still had lot of time to spend. Enjoyed the street music, some more foods and finally left Florence with awesome dinner at Salaam Bombay and the beauty of renaissance arts.

Eurotrip – Pisa, Italy

Last exam of the year finished just days ago, and finally it’s holidays. This time I have no plans of going on trips instead I am thinking of completing certain some things. First and foremost, to complete Naruto series which by now is done(almost). Then to read couple of books, watch movies and some more TV shows and if possible learn a programming software. And so, I have started this Christmas holidays.

I don’t know where I came across, once I read a new year resolution which said to travel to a place to which you have never been. I liked this thought and I made this as my new resolution too, some years ago. And I have been cherishing up this resolution by traveling to new places. The year 2016 was adventurous as I traveled to some really amazing places whose list started from Pisa of Italy. Here are some pics from my trip to Pisa.

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River Arno

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No trip(considering if you are into taking pics) to Pisa is complete without people trying to lean against leaning tower or trying it to save from further leaning. Here is the pic, my friends trying to prevent the tower from leaning!

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2015 Year Trip

From minute things in my home in India to the magnum buildings in Europe in 2015, I present the things, places I saw which inspired to see some more places in 2016.

Along Came Sisya

Sisya, meaning student is a kannada word and here, the sisya is Aakash. Aakash a 11th grade guy from Pune was such a boy that, everyday he runs for about 20km, goes to school just for the sake of attending practicals and studies theories by himself in home. He has dream of getting into NDA- National Defence Academy and is actually preparing for it. He hasn’t watched much movies, except few recent hits and few all time hits. He has no girl friends and was never in love nor had crush on any girl.

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I met him during our trekking expedition in Goa organised by YHAI, earlier this year. Mayur, Sachin, Vinodh and I reached the base camp  pretty early because of which we were able to get a tent. Later came a 40yo or something fellow from Pune followed by another Bangalorean. After some rest in the tent, we went out for exploring nearby places and returned. Then all four of us had chat with Pune fellow and got to know there will be another guy coming to our tent.

Sometime later when we entered our tent after a round of wandering the camp, we came by a guy who looked in his last teen, fair and had his hair spiked and being without any sign of moustache or beard. He was sitting in left corner of the tent and was arranging his things from his backpack. We introduced ourselves and in reply got to know his name.

Since inside the tent it was stuffy during noon, for the most of the time we  remained outside. And whenever we are about to leave the tent for another round of roaming within the camp, he asked, “Are you all going out?”

Actually we had plan of going out in the evening so at that time we said no. This happened again and in reply we said, “We will let you know if we ever go.” Moreover, whenever we started a conversation with him, his first line was, “sorry, pardon me.” That line made me to think, ” Does my english suck?” But this happened with all four of us and got know it may be because of our accent.

Finally, when we left for the Miramar beach for the first time on first day, he came with us. There we stayed for a while, after seeing few dead jelly fishes and feeling jellyness of those fish. From there we went to the market which was on the other side of our camp. During that journey, we came to know that he is a runner. So when it was about half a km to our camp, Aakash and I decided to run, as he was longing for a run  and he already missed the practise of running on that particular day. With all the energy I had, I ran quickly and he followed me running casually. When he came to me, he asked for another run, for which my exhausted body said Nooooo. By this time he became our friend and I started to teach him kannada so he became my student aka sisya. But on the first day sisya wasn’t with us all that time and spent most of the time in reading a book.

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In the next morning, during breakfast, we came to know that he went for running, in the ground next to our camp, before we all were awake . On the same day, after 3-4 km of acclimatization walk along the beach, we went to have rest at bank of river Mandovi which was adjacent to our camp. Except Sachin who remained back in the tent, we had little personal chit chat. For sisya, as said earlier wasn’t in a love and neither had a crush nor attraction to any girl. But he is boy and a boy must have some or other type of feeling to a girl. Asking on the same topic and doubting his boy thing, we finally came to know that he too liked a girl. That was just a like by the way. But, to get to know about his feeling for that girl, Mayur, Vinodh and I bribed him. Bribed with stories of our attractions and crushes! From there onwards he stayed all the time with us, even though he didn’t knew kannada and there were other hindi speaking people. He became so close with us on second day itself that he showed one of his hidden talents just for Mayur and me. It is the dance.

On our third day of the expedition , we were damn exhausted in our 15km beach walk. But compared to us, he was kinda less exhausted and was enjoying with water and waves. Also he was longing for a swim in those beautiful beaches. And his wish got accepted after a km. Even after swim, our journey was kind of boring and exhausted.  There we started to talk about the birds. Foreign birds in the Indian beach. Since sisya had no knowledge about the birds, we taught him about liking the birds based on the rating, which included the type of bird, it’s feathers and figure and other things. He learnt so quickly that he started to show us some birds, saying , ” look at 2’o clock”, ” look 10’o clock” and so on. After some time he became more concerned about these birds than us.

Sisya being with us all the time, made others wondered  if he was from our place and actually our friend even before this expedition? This wonder kept us together till the last day, at all times. If we were in the last walking slowly, he would stick with us matching our pace and if were ahead of everyone he was with us there too. Not a single time, he had food without us during our entire journey.

During fourth day which is again another beach walk, we were damn lazy to do it once again. So we bunked the walk and left to the next camp in a bus. When it is about a km or two, we reached the camp by walk after a swim. And sisya was with us all these moments. And in the camp on same day, when we were lazy enough to attend the camp fire in the night, he remained with us in the tent, being lazy in a cozy nook.

On the fifth day, when we started our journey through train , we all sat in one compartment along with two more Bangaloreans from our group, who were pretty amazed by now, because of sisya being with us all the time and almost at all the places except when we went to finish our daily karya.

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Sixth day was toughest yet beautiful trek in our whole journey. When we reached the Caranzol camp, we took bath in nearby river. And for the first time he was with us during a bath, and involved in catching the fishes using our towels.

At certain times we were unhappy with our sisya. Because whenever we offered him snacks or juices, he denied it most of the time. And when he accepted it , he tried to pay for it, for which we ruthlessly denied.

Since our expedition was in the western ghats which is home to the different kinds of animals, birds and reptiles, he was longing to see a snake in his whole journey, although he saw one during one of our beach walk and during the demo about handling the situation whenever we encounter a snake. Because of this craziness, on the seventh day of our expedition, at Nandran camp, he went alone in search of snake. We didn’t go as we were taking rest. Poking bushes and holes in the ground with a stick, he went into the forest. After an hour he returned and went directly to the tent. When we went to the tent, we saw him in pain, due to the injury he had in one of his leg. Then when asked about it, he said- as he was poking in a hole, a snake suddenly came out and in fear when he stepped back, he missed the balance and fell down because of which he injured himself . From there he returned to the tent hopping slowly. After examining from a group medical students who were part of our journey, they said nothing to worry about anything as it is only a cramp and suggested to use a spray and not to make any sudden moments or apply sudden loads. Because of his craziness he paid a little prize.

On the eighth day, for the first time he was ahead of us all and reached the destination pretty early. We didn’t ask about it, but we were worried about his cramp in the leg as there wasn’t any hurry to reach that early. When we reached there, he was with his book as usual, even though there was other people from our group.

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Our sisya was so good at following us. In the ninth and last day, after checkout from the camp arounf 10 am, he had a seat in a bus booked at 7 pm from Goa to Pune. He said he will be going to the bus stand now itself and started to bid farewell. But, we asked him to come with us near our room booked in a Hostel on the other side of Goa and in reply he nodded and came with us. He stayed with us till 3 pm and left. When he boarded the bus, he called us and informed about it and when he reached his home safely, he sent a message.

Two days later, he sent a friend request in Facebook. And few days later he messaged saying ” Nin th*ka k*ya” meaning ” F*ck your a**”. He did so, because ‘Hi’ in kannada means ‘Nin th*ka k*ya’ as we taught him, but not the one it is supposed to be in original.  And in a bracket he also messaged ‘Hi’. What made me proud of being master to sisya is, during the chat on that day, he asked me suggestions about asking out a girl!

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BUNKTRIP TO MANCHANABELE DAM

I came to know about Manchanabele Dam when my father told about it whenever he bought fishes from there. The word ‘DAM’ created curiosity in me as it is located in outskirts of Bangalore. Located at a distance of 30 km from kengeri, Bangalore south, it wasn’t easy for me to go there as my college is 25 km away from there. Finally my plan of going to the Manchanabele Dam came during my 1st year engineering in ACS College of engineering. It was my starting days and I was coming to college in my bike that is ‘TVS victor GX’. Just like another day in college, myself and my friends (Mayur, Surya, Vasanth) decided to roam around the college in my bike but never thought of going 4 in 1 bik

e. I suggested the idea of going to Manchanabele dam. Everyone just agreed and came out of the class. We walked out of class and before another lecture’s class, we gone through corridor in front of office and principal’s room. Mayur and I went to parking lot to get my bike and Surya and Vasanth were through the main gate by that time. We four arrived outside the college and started to think. We were standing in front of my bike thinking how to go as there is only one bike and four guys in which two of them were more than average size. I asked Surya and Vasanth to come in bus till Ramohalli cross from our college bus stop thinking it may be risky travelling four guyz in a bike that too in a NH for a mile. Mayur and I came to Ramohalli cross while Surya and Vasanth came by bus. Once again we started to think about traveling quadruples. Everyone said let’s try, except me as I started to worry about my bike. Mayur sat in front and started, vasanth and surya followed him. I sat in last where I felt quite comfortable when compared to others. When we tried to move the bike, it didn’t move as the load was too heavy and the road was a slope which made even difficulty to move. Mayur asked me and surya to come over till the railway cross line where there was a flat road that helped us to start moving quadruples. There started our bunk trip to Manchanabele Dam for first and one of the best till date.

We were going very slowly which is slower than heavily loaded truck which passed us and after a mile we came up with a biker who asked us about adding one more fellow to sit in bike seeing our condition where Mayur was sitting almost on the petrol tank, Vasanth in actual rider position, Surya following him and myself sitting in pretty comfortable positio

n at end. Although the road was free we moved like bulldozer in a heavy traffic due to our overweight over an old vehicle and after 20 minutes ride we were at Ramohalli where one could find hotels, general stores, mechanic shop and many others which is important for a trip of this kind in that rural area except a petrol bunk which we previously saw at Anchepalya near Rajarajeshwari Medical College. I thought of buying some snacks but immediately dropped that idea as we were already carrying our lunch. We came near Big Banyan tree which is hundreds of year old as I heard. It is first time for Vasanth seeing all these things who is actually staying in Bangalor02122010214e from past couple of months.

We crossed Big Banyan tree and headed Chandrappa circle where we took a left turn and had some air pumped in rear Tyre in a puncture shop, as I felt decrease in air and everyone knew the reason. Mayur and Vasanth exchanged driving position at every nature’s call stop. We drove along ISRO’s some signal transmitting and receiving center(frankly speaking I have no idea about this place and I came to about this from my father who knew better than me) where we observed number of big spider web kind dish and antennas and were going in calm and clear road with trees along the way on either sides and arrived at Chikkanahalli till where I have been once with my father. I remembered my father telling that Manchanabele Dam is only few km from here by road and a km by walk which involves crossing a hill. We traveled for another 15 minutes, slowly through ups and downs and finally saw the water! ‘When we further moved my eyes began to fill with the view of a vast deep blue water reservoir surrounded by lush green mountains with small mud road in it and  mighty Savandhurga hill at reservoir’s tail. We stopped bike and got down. We decided not to go further because the road from main road to Dam was a mud road and is full of stones, which is difficult to ride especially for us!

There was a small hill to the left of the main road. We decided to have our lunch on top of that hill. We started to walk over that small hill which had grass grown up to a height of a foot and observed few broken glass bottles of boozes and to the side of hill, there was field and few farmers were working and also a cow watched over by a small girl. Although the hill was

 small, we were exhausted when we reached the top. So it made a perfect timing to have our lunch. We had our lunch and took some photos. We decided to leave and as the road was slope, Vasanth and Surya walked till the road was flat, while I drove the bike till flat road and Mayur was sitting behind me and initially 02122010213


it took some time to decide who to drive even for that small distance. When we arrived at flat road we saw only Vasanth and he told that Surya gone in a BMTC bus which goes to KR Market which is near to his house. Every one of us scolded him ourselves, initially, and later were happy because it made one less in our return ride so everyone could sit pretty comfortably. This happy thought vanished when we saw Surya at next stop. We intentionally passed and stopped away from him. He came to us and sat in his previous position telling that the bus will go to KR Market at 6’O clock which will be late for him.

Once again our quadruples journey started and ended at a stop before Ramoholli cross at Bangalore-Mysore road where we took some relief after a non- stop journey. Later Vasanth got down at Rajarajeshwari Dental College where his Hostel was, and we stopped at Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital bus stop which brought an end to our memorable ‘BUNK TRIP’.
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