A mini-adventure series starring me & Tan
Mumbai, 2;30 am IST
I am sitting at the Mumbai International airport, immigration checks all done. And I am super excited as one can be. It is my first solo trip to Europe, without family, just me and my girlfriend Tan. It was my dream to roam the streets of Europe and today I am on the way to doing just that. Still got an hour and half to leave this country, so till then bear with me.
Well the evening started with a relaxed goodbye-have-a-blast-dinner at Six Degrees. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s at the Leela’s in Mumbai. Freaking expensive (thank God I dint have to pay for it :P), but I so enjoyed this time spent together, considering I would be away for the next 35 days without anybody stalking me :).
We then made our way to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai and then it was all goodbyes.
From here on it’s the usual shit the make you go through. And there are damn huge mosquitoes in the airport! Looks like they are making the most of sucking on my brown skin.
I have no memories of my journey across the skies. I was out as cockroach, or Tan says.
Istanbul Airport, Turkey, 11.15 am Turkish Time
(Applause)Tan sets afoot on foreign soil for the first time & … she felt cold! For all of you wondering Tan is, well she is my colleague at work and a good friend and a person who had the misfortune to be my travelling partner.
I for a matter of fact, couldn’t care less. I wanted to spot the Turkish GP circuit from the skies, which I think I did. My head is hurting as hell. I am super hungry. And amazingly I am homesick! And trapped for the next 6 hours at Istanbul International Airport.
So with nothing better to do, we eat. I just spent some 12-11E on food!!! Everything is expensive and its not even day 1. But I am lovin’ it! And here are some lines I came up with while drowning down my lunch.
So many faces
So many different nationalities
Yet we come together in one place
Everybody has a place to go
Everybody has to destination they must reach
And then there’s me
Who wants to see
David, the Monalisa & the Sistine Chapel
as far as my eyes will allow me to see
The next few hours were spent in a blur, sitting opposite the duty-free shop and watching everyone go bye.
Ta-ta Istanbul it’s time for my connecting flight to Rome :)
Rome, Italy, 9.15 pm Italy time
We finally made our way. After getting lost a million times at the terminal! From Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport to Roma Termini, surprisingly we made our way unscratched. Finding our hotel was a task but we did it. Got help from a hot Italian guy and life was beautiful :)
Later in the evening once I freshened up and all, Tan and I sat in a bar. Not a bar bar per se just a hangout joint. Anyway since we were lost finding our hotel, I got to see Rome and the living quarters side of it.
Tomorrow we explore Roma...