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Loss of my travel buddy

Pushkar Sane Friday, 17th July, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , Life, Thoughts, Travel No comments

We arrived in Copenhagen a couple of hours back from Honningsvag. It was a long journey with 3 flight changes. Our bags took some time to arrive and to my horror I realised that the handle for my bag was broken. It is almost impossible to carry a bag without its handle unless I lift and carry it. So I walked upto the SAS counter to complain and they acknowledge the fault. They reacted quickly and replaced my bag with a new one.

As we started shifting my stuff from the bag…thoughts started flying… and then the it struck me that I’m going to abandon a travel buddy. You might think I’m crazy but people who spend a lot of time on the road will tell you how important it is to have a bag that serves you well. Quite a few requirements are there – sturdy, compact, style, water-proof, design etc…

This bag was perfect for my travel needs and accompanied me to 20 odd countries and traveled over 300,000 miles. It never failed me. It was always there when I rushed for flights or once in a while missed them and got stuck.

In no time my stuff was transfered to the new bag and with heavy heart I bidded farewell to my travel buddy who went through some crazy travel with me. All I could say was Thank You!

Midnights without Sun @ Nordkapp

Pushkar Sane Thursday, 16th July, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , Life, Travel 1 comment

We planned our holiday to nordics with an idea of watching the midnight Sun from Nordkapp. We were following the weather for weeks before we set out. We faced some gray weather in Oslo and Bergen but Nordkapp forecasts were still looking great. We flew via Tromso and found gorgeous sunny weather on the way. As we approached Hammerfest the weather turned gray and it turned foggy by the time we landed next to a small hut type airport terminal in Honningsvag. Needless to say our first reaction was “oh my god” but it was just noon and we planned to stay here for two full days (and nights). Drive to Rica Hotel was quite nice and we soon got to know that the weather will just get worse and it will continue over next few days…

Once I got over my early disappointment it made me think. We are used to ‘push button’ or ‘on demand’ lifestyle in global cities like Hong Kong and we seldom think about the supreme power of Mother Nature. We made our plans two months back and we wanted the weather to play as per our script. But weather had something else in mind and it decided to hide the sun from us. Once we accepted the fact that you can’t win against nature it was very easy to start enjoying fogged out and rainy Honningsvag. We talked for hours, we walked in the rain, ate like there is no tomorrow and listened to some great music… We were disappointed not to have an opportunity to see the midnight sun from the northern most point in Europe but hey how many people really get so close to the North pole. We are just 2000 km away fm the North Pole and enjoying the dark side of Nordkapp.

And we have decided that we’ll come back again to 71*10’21” N.