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Hello Toronto!

In Travel on July 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

I just got back from a short trip to Toronto, Canada. Canada is a beautiful place, with lots to discover and I would love to visit again and tour more of the country. My stay was rather short and I was sick for most of my trip which meant I spent most of some days lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, contemplating whether I had more energy in this hour than I had in the last hour…. Thank God for antibiotics!

Here are my top 3 moments in Toronto:

1. A hike in Bruce Peninsula National Park

The first couple of days that I was in Toronto, the skies were pouring rain. When we got a sunny day, we decided to head off to the Bruce Peninsula National park and enjoy a hike. Now if you are in Canada, it is mandatory to stop at a Tim Horton‘s 🙂 Enjoyed their delicious French Toast Bagel and off we went. Weather was perfect, scenery was beautiful, the water turquoise blue and the pebbles pearly white. We felt like we were at some Pirates of the Caribbean location and started acting that way! An easy hike through the forest brought us to the cliffs facing the lake and to where they had a grotto. Now to get to the grotto we had to either climb down the cliff or climb down through a hole in the rocks. To me the hole seemed quite narrow and I was concerned whether the tunnel leading us down to the grotto would be claustrophobic, but was told that this was the easier way. Hence, I dropped down into the hole saying a little prayer. To my surprise it was wide open at the other end and was an easy climb down the rocks and into the grotto. Excited, we wanted to have a dip in the beautiful water in that cave, put our feet in and 10 seconds later were jumping out! It felt like a brain freeze for the feet! We ended up sitting on a rock, under the sun, and just taking the view in. In our crazy hectic lives these days, those moments of just stopping and doing nothing amid beautiful natural surroundings, really feels good.

Bruce Peninsular National Park

Bruce Peninsular National Park. Acting like pirates marooned on an island…

The grotto

The grotto. Our favorite part of the park. The dark cave with the turquoise water.

A friend

A friend

 

2. I saw the Tumbler!

I was roaming around aimlessly in downtown Toronto, passing by a crowd gathered in a square when I noticed that they were gathered there because the Batmobile was parked in the middle! ‘That’s the batmobile!’, I shouted and rushed forward scrambling for a photo op! By chance they were about to move it out so some lucky guy gets in and turns the big car on. As it rumbled the crowd and I grew more excited and they drove it up and into a trailer to transport it to their next promotional stop. Looking back, I acted like some star struck teenager but hey who hasn’t wished they had super powers and super cars like these superheros!

The Tumbler!

The Tumbler!

 

3. Having funnel cake by the road side on a rainy day

This is the funnel cake. Enough said!

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake. Delish!

 

 

 

Beautiful Nepal!

In Travel on April 24, 2012 at 6:09 am

Trekking in Nepal had been on my radar for quite a few years but I was glued to the assembly line grind of daily life and it just remained on my list of things that would be cool to do. Well finally I unglued myself and took the leap! And am I glad I did! Nepal is beautiful! Pictures can do no justice to the natural beauty of the mountains and the awe it elicits. At some points, the view just takes your breath away. I would be plodding, heaving and puffing, my eyes focusing on the terrain at my feet, trying to generate enough energy to lift my weary-so-not-fit legs up and I would stop, look back and below and go ‘wow’, and all the tiredness would be worth it.

It was my first trekking experience and I wish I had tried this years ago! Why do we put off good things in life? We covered Uleri, Poon Hill, Gorepani, Gandruk. The journey was a short one, we didn’t cover much distance if we look at a map, but we did cover quite a bit climbing up and down and for a first timer, it was a good intro to trekking. So let me share some pictures and my personal inputs over the coming days in my blog!

Truck on Way to Pokhara, Nepal

After landing in Kathmandu we hopped onto a packed tourist bus and took the 7 hour journey to Pokhara. Now this was the most difficult and tortuous part of my trip. I was completely not prepared for what happened here. For anyone who gets car/motion sickness, be prepared! Make sure you take your pills in advance and carry them with you on the bus. The bus ride was a rattling, swerving, snaking roller coaster ride on a surface that was more potholes with some areas of flat surface punctuated by shrieking horns as incoming traffic would whiz inches past your window, as you hold your breath to avoid gulping in the exhaust fumes. In short it was a motion sickness nightmare and I was not prepared. The pills finally kicked in at the end of the journey but I was still grateful for that little relief at the end. As I collapsed in bed I seriously pondered cancelling my trek as I waited for the world to stop spinning.

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