Thursday Hops #14

This week, I stepped out to buy an outfit for a family function next month. I was quite excited, as I was visiting a shopping mall after a gap of nearly eight months. I enjoy a shopping expedition even normally, but due to this long, Corona-induced abstinence, I was determined to savor every moment ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #14”

Thursday Hops #13

So it’s Thursday, and time for the 13th hop! Like the previous hop about Mukteshwar, this one is also from my hubby’s recent trip to Uttarakhand. More specifically, it is about a local jharna (mountain spring) in a place called Sat Tal, or Seven Lakes. This is a perennial spring, though its volume does varyContinue reading “Thursday Hops #13”

The Twelve Apostles of Australia

Previous – Apollo Bay | Next – Loch Ard Gorge Although the Great Ocean Road in Australia stretches from the city of Torquay to Allansford in Victoria, most bus tours starting from Melbourne only go up till the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne via an inland route. I guess no more is possible inContinue reading “The Twelve Apostles of Australia”

Thursday Hops #8

So there’s been a lot of talk about a new temple. No, no, I don’t meen the Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya but a much smaller and humbler temple in our apartment complex. Originally, it was a temporary structure but at the beginning of the year, donations were collected to make it a bit moreContinue reading “Thursday Hops #8”

When Your Home Is Alone

Last week, I returned home after five long months. All this time, my home had been alone and locked up. Though HarpiyTravel‘s post on returning home after five months kind of reassured me that things won’t be that bad, I was still on tenterhooks till the time I actually stepped into my house. After all,Continue reading “When Your Home Is Alone”

Thursday Hops #7

I’m back in the city! And so for Thursday Hops #7, here’s a view of the city at night. I know, it does remind you of the iconic song Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds, made popular by Pete Seeger. If you haven’t heard it before, do check it out below. Little Boxes is a greatContinue reading “Thursday Hops #7”

Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0

I’d been in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand for the entire Covid-19 lock-down period and then some. There were several reasons for staying there beyond the lockdown period but the main thing that stopped us was transport. We had our dog with us so trains were not an option, even if they had been running. We needed toContinue reading “Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0”

Thursday Hops #6

In Thursday Hops #6, a monkey peeping in from our kitchen window….as if to ask “Is breakfast ready?” Monkeys are a common sight in Bhimtal. As number of houses increase and forest covers decrease, more and more monkeys are moving into residential areas in search of food. Some people feed them, perhaps seeing an incarnationContinue reading “Thursday Hops #6”

Thursday Hops #5

Thursday Hops #5 features the Ducks of Bhimtal Lake. These ducks (well rather their parents, grand parents, great grand parents…..you get the drift) have been around Bhimtal Lake for as long as I remember. Every day, they swim from this end of the lake to the island in the lake. They spend a lot ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #5”

At Kennet River

Previous – Anglesea | Next – Apollo Bay After our stop at Anglesea for coffee, the next stop was about an hour later at Kafe Koala, Kennet River. Our driver guide said that we are bound to spot a koala or two here so we set out after him along a side path near KafeContinue reading “At Kennet River”