I’m going to miss the weird sights that are every Indian’s privilege. Like the one I saw last weekend when I was surfing past the telecast of the Miss India pageant — a well-known director in the audience was watching the girls with a pair of binoculars.
Carbon footprint: Read my blog.
I’m going to miss my Bandra-Dadar-Marine Lines life (where I live, work and get pampered by my parents, respectively). I’ll miss my colleagues (though they will probably breathe easier), my lunch companion, my neighbour, my drinking buddy, my dial-a-girlfriend and my two nieces. But hey, I’ll be back in August, before you’ve even noticed I’m gone.
Tomorrow, the husband and I begin our three-month, round-the-world trip through five continents, nine countries and 40,000+ miles.
We started by drawing up a list of countries each of us wanted to go to. I think the only country that showed up on both lists was South Africa. The husband’s dream places are usually those where you find open skies, cold weather and more sheep (or penguins) than people. Me, I like the Mediterranean sun. If you must see sheep, I know there are some in Tuscany. Then again, if you can get past the visa bouncers and survive an Alitalia flight, Italy is an easy trip from Mumbai.
So, we began by listing places that take time to see. After some negotiation, we narrowed our dream lists to three areas: New Zealand, South America and South Africa. We threw in Australia, Singapore, Canada and the US. The travel agent had never encountered such a request before, and it was really quite hellish getting the ticket and all the visas together. It was expensive, too. But when you don’t have kids or a housing loan, it’s easier to blow up a large chunk of your savings on a dream trip.
It was around this time that I realized it would be winter in the southern hemisphere. Argentina and Chile would be freezing. So we decided to stay north in South America — Costa Rica, Peru and a couple of nights in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
But I’m not going to say more here. If you want to keep track of our travels (and find out the husband’s name), you can log on to http://blogs.livemint.com and click on our travel blog. It’s called One Way Ticket, because our round-the-world ticket allows us to fly only in one direction.
My able colleagues will run Lounge and this column while I’m away. Do write them lots of letters telling them why we brighten up your Saturdays.
Until August, then.
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