Sunday, May 22, 2005

Old Fort Niagara

This morning, we checked out of Scottish Inn and drove to Old fort Niagara which is about 30 mins drive from the falls. This is a beautiful place and I would highly recommend it to anybody making a trip to the falls. The place was absolutely serene and formidable. 






There was a special show at the fort were a war between French and English army was being enacted. 







I specially enjoyed a leisure walk along the shores of lake Ontario.  The shades of water colour was very interesting to watch. 





Just when we were about to pull off from the parking lot, a flock of seagulls took flight creating this magical moment. 



Our drive back was fun. BJ brought up some interesting topics to debate upon and we discussed how expensive weddings in India was a waste of money. It was an interesting discussion and a weekend was well spent. 


Saturday, May 21, 2005

Niagara Falls

This has been an exhilarating day. Jonah, Seb, BJ and I drove to Niagara falls. The drive was excellent. We had good conversation along the way. 

Niagara Falls 
Drive: Indianapolis to Niagara Falls
Start: 5 AM
Distance: 360 Miles
Expected Time: 9 hrs 5 Mins
Reached: 2:00 PM
Actual Time taken: 9 hrs 


On reaching the hotel that we had booked, we realised how crappy it actually was. Scottish inn is run by a Gujrati Indian and is horribly dusty with age old furniture. The refrigerator was filled with dust and looked like it was a century old. Anyways, looking at our disappointment and considering our shared ethnicity, the owner offered us a bigger room for the same money. 

Niagara falls is beautiful. We took a walk down the stairs that took us closer to the falls. The ferry ride called "maid of the mist" that takes us close to the horse shove falls was interesting. 












Almost 60% of the people there were Indians, 20% Chinese and rest from the other parts of the world. The light show at dusk was impressive. 





Friday, May 20, 2005

Brown County National Park

On the 14th of May, our colleague Sajil dropped Jonah, Seb and me at the Denver Airport. Our flight was uneventful. We reached Indianapolis at around 6pm. Our colleagues who work at Indianapolis office, Raghu (BJ) and Sushanth came to receive us at the airport. Sushanth’s parents were in the US so, they came along too. We checked in at our hotel very close to the office. After having dinner at an Indian restaurant, we shopped for some grocery before heading back to the hotel.

On 15th of May, we went to BJ and Sushanth's house and together, we drove to Brown county national park. This place was unbelievably green. Very bright and beautiful. We had a great time trying different trails around the park. Lovely place. These pictures will speak more.

















For lunch, we had some tasty chapati’s and rice cooked by Sushant’s mother, at the park. In the evening, we headed back to their apartment and had some delicious south indian food, again prepared by Sushanth’s mother. It was like being back at home. 

Our week went by very nicely, with lot of work at the test lab. We also had three day training and I got to meet a lot of people. The dinners in th evening with the group was fun. We also tried some local Indian restaurants like Udupi cafe and Taj of India. Long weekend is approaching and I am all excited about the trip to Naigra  falls that we have planned. 

Picture Credits - Jonah


Friday, May 13, 2005

Conflicts

The first 15 days of May was busy. I had a lot of work at office with my current project. Outside of work, I would go to Sai Mart and chat with my dear friend Nagendra. During one of the visits, he told me that there was a robbery at his shop the previous night. Someone had broken the glass and carried away the cash box. He also briefed me of a similar theft on his bank account. The culprit is now behind bars for three years. Slowly, the other side of the developed nation has begun to surface. After all, not everything is always rosy. 

Sundar and I enjoy a walk in the cottonwood creek park. During one such walks, he mentioned to a me about his experience at a New Life church he visited in the US. The visiting speaker, a pastor, was narrating his experience in India. He had apparently visited a slum in Chennai and thus had lot of bad opinion about India in general. He talked about how people were extremely poor, how parents threw their kids away into trash and on the contrary, how lucky they were to be living in the US. That was very embarrassing for the indians because generalising an experience is always wrong. The pastor went a step ahead and identified the root cause for all this chaos - Hinduism, the religion. This experience has made me more proud of my own religion and country. At least, we do not show disrespect to other religions and traditions. We do not promote that as a religion. 

At times, I drove alone in the town and driving is always a liberating experience. Tomorrow, Jonah, Seb and I are to leave to Indianapolis. We will be working there for a month. I am super excited to be in a new place. 

Monday, May 2, 2005

Sandia Peak, Albuquerque

Next morning (May 1st), we unwillingly bid farewell to the canyons and headed towards Albuquerque. 

Drive: Williams to Albuquerque.
Start: 8:15 Am (Arizona time)
Destination: Sandia Peak, NM.
Distance: 360 Miles
Expected Time: 5 hrs 11 Mins
Reached: 3:00 Pm (Colorado time) ie 2:00 pm Arizona time
Actual Time taken: 5 hrs 45 mins


At the small town of Albuquerque,  we took the cable car to the Sundia peak. It was interesting to see a lot of snow up on this mountain, in midst of a dessert. The view from the top was great.











We also wanted to visit a Meteor crater but then for some reason thought this would be a similar site and thus almost reached till the entrance and decided to head back.



The drive back was fun. It was snowing very badly in Colorado.






Drive: Sandia Peak to Colorado springs
Start: 5:00 Pm
Destination: Home
Distance: 385.98 Miles
Expected Time: 5 hr 30 mins
Reached: 11:00 PM
Actual Time taken: 6 Hrs. (Bad road condition, snow)