Part I [Gujarat]
Apart from Chup Chup Ke, food was the main reason why I wanted to visit #gujarat. Two days in Ahmedabad and I realised that my whole life has been a lie.
Gathiya is not Gathiya, it's Fafda. Gathiya is something else. Also, DYK that Khanam and Dhokla are two different dishes? You did? Bloody hell!
Anyway, speaking of Gujarati food, Basundi (pineapple flavour) is now my favourite sweet dish and Kutchi Dabeli has become my favourite fast food.
I visited #rannofkutch with zero expectation. I had such a nice time there that I ended up staying at a nearby #homestay (with a musical gharana) for a night.
I was so, so fortunate to witness prolonged murmuration of birds. Never before had I seen anything in the sky as incredible as that.
I also saw several flamingos in Mandvi.
One person offered me a ride all the way from a village near #mandvi to #bhuj. During the ride, when I (casually) asked him why, he said that if his son were still alive, he'd be more or less my age.
To be continued ...
Had our last hotel night in Auckland at Pullman, because with the weather turning I wanted some Saturday lazy spa time 💁🏼♀️
And because we are @accorhotels Gold members, we got upgraded from our cheap as booking.com room to a suite 💥
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Öyle zannedilir, ama güneş her yerde aynı batmaz.
Gezginlik yolunda bunu öğreneceksin mesela. Ufukta nar gibi kızaran, hiçbir vakit aynı şekilde bir araya gelmeyecek bulutların arasından göz kırpan, dağların mor-siyah siluetine gömülerek uzaklaşan, insan dünyasına sarı yalımlar fırlatan, dağ başında akşam vakti yakılmış bir izci ateşi gibi balkıyan, ışığın teyellenmiş kokusunu etrafa savuran nice güneş göreceksin gezdikçe. Ve ucu bucağı da yok bunların... Hepsini görmek hevesiyle (hırsı demiyorum) dopdolu gezmenin heyecanı... Ve Doğrusu ya, plansız programsız, zorlamasız güneşin battığı yerde olacaksın gittiğin her yerde.
Yıllar önce TRT'de gösterilen o müthiş Fransız çizgi dizisinin kahramanı Rahan gibi. Güneşin battığı ülkeye doğru durdurak bilmez bir yolculuğa çıkan o gürbüz, delişmen gencin cesaretini de yanına alarak... Hatta Rahan'ına düşkün bir gezgin olmak isteyeceksin sen de. Gözlerinde güneşin son ışıklarının şevki parlayıp duracak.
Ve Rahan bir karanlık devir insanı olduğu için bilmiyordu ama, sen Dünya'nın yuvarlak olduğunu unutacaksın. Güneşe gittikçe, aslında başladığın yere döneceğini de bilmiyor olacaksın. Sonsuz bir uzamda, yolculuğun gibi uzayacak her şey. Yollar, kentler ve dağlar... Bütün kara parçaları dâhil...
Gezginin ruhunda yalazlanan günbatımının melankolisi bundandır:
Biten bir günde alınan ve artık geride kalmış yolun bilinci ile henüz varılmamış diyarlara duyulan bitimsiz özlemin çağrısı, yavaş yavaş batışını izlediğin güneşin bıraktığı izler gibi dalgalanır kalbinin aynasında.
Bu tarifsiz melankoliyi tattıkça kabarır benliğin:
İşte, dersin her seferinde.
bu yüzden geziyorum ben.
(Tayland, Khao Lak, Ocak, 2015)
Mr Always Hungry 🌱🌱🌱
Did you know elephants spend 12 to 18 hours eating every single day! Lucky them, aren't they? 😁
In Chaing Mai we visited an elephant sanctuary where we had a chance to feed them, accompany them on a jungle walk and take a bath together in the river. It was incredible to see them so close, touch. And a bit scary. Even tho they're cute, they are wild (& huge) animals. Do not forget to be responsible and careful while visiting these kind of places. 🐘
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One of my most favorite stops in this city was the Tower of London. Besides being home to the Crown Jewels (because where else is safer to keep million dollar jewelry than a fortress designed to house prisoners 😂) it is also the place where so many prominent figures were executed for stuff like treason against the crown. My personal fave story is Anne Boleyn, though if you know anything about English history there are plenty of people to chose from. Now I’m not one to generally advocate tours, but you should definitely catch the free ones here. The guides are insanely funny and knowledgeable, plus they lead the tour dressed as the old British Guard which just adds to the experience. Definitely a fun way to spend an afternoon! (June 2013) 😁
Have you been to the Tower of London? Share your experiences 👉🙏