Thats the number of hours I spent last week around airports and airplanes while I made a short impromptu trip to India. This brings it to a total of about 160 hours spent around these things. The irony of long duration flights for me is that towards the end, I am both thoroughly exhausted and at the same time incredibly mentally relaxed.
Places like Airports never cease to fill me with this familiar feeling of total awareness of surroundings so full of people going somewhere, drowned in their world of unsettling emotions, excited anticipations and wishful retrospections, as they wait to enter this portal called the airplane which after hours of solitude in the crowded discomfort and unfulfilling meals – would leave them in a whole different reality.
Today I fly back to Shanghai, to the familiar hard and exciting reality of life in China; with hopes of returning in a month for good, to this romantic beauty of a city that Amsterdam is, which forever will stay in my heart right beside my first love San Francisco
I always enjoy travelling in trains, especially if I am sitting by the window. It makes me want to look out, to watch the world pass by giving plenty of time to think, retrospect and contemplate. The yearning for such state of mind pushed my friend and I to go on a long and impromptu train ride to Maastricht.
Traversing the narrow and gorgeous alleyways just outside the busy city center, is something I can only describe in pictures
Ever since I lived in San Francisco Bay Area for few months many years back, I have been yearning of going back. Earlier this year, I finally got a chance to visit for a week. Soon after I landed my cousin and his wife cooked me a delicious meal and decided to take me to a nearby mountain – Mount Hamilton, which was an hour’s drive from Freemont.
We reached just the peak, just in time to witness the majestic golden sun, alone in the clear, in all its glory, starting to set beneath the cold pacific horizon, behind the silhouetted mountain ranges, amidst an ocean of dazzling orange-blue gradient skies. The sight was such – that time slowed down, our moods lit up; In that moment, while the birds chirped and people laughed, everything in the world seemed allright.