Sunday, August 22, 2010

US trip - flashback

Its Sunday morning, I was just relaxing in my room and reading some news papers. Suddenly a thought came in my mind that what I would have been doing if still I was in CA? I guess I became nostalgic and just had flashback of all the events from the moment I board the plane three months ago to the time I reached home just couple of days ago. Now everything was appearing like dream. I felt like I was in long dream for three months and just woke up from it. Oh man..!!! I just can't forget those days of very hectic work schedules and still trying to have some time on weekend for myself and managing some site seeing.

I think, I am blessed to be always with Good people and same story continued in CA. while having people like Chandra, Naveen, Gaurav and John around me, I never felt that I was away from home.

Mind was going through continuous threads of thoughts and suddenly realized that someone is loudly saying "bro, please come for breakfast..!!"
Oh..!!! my sister is calling me since last 10 mins for breakfast. I came out of this dream and moved for breakfast... :)



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Sandy.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

XTREME SKYFLYER

14th August, Its just another Saturday so whats special about it? of course yaar its special.. Its my last weekend in US of this business trip... :)
I have thought of making this last Saturday as one of the memorable day. I thought of going to "Great America" again. I have been there even before this but I had missed some of the water rides over there during my last visit. Today I didn't took Camera with me because I just wanted full on enjoyment. Its around 5 to 5.5 miles from Sunnyvale. Two riders (me and Chandra) hit the road around 10:30 am.

"Great America" was bit crowded today, may be because summer is about end. As usual I started with "Flight deck" ride. This is one the most scaring ride in this park but I like that thrill. After that we went for water rides. Downunder thunder, Didgeridoo falls, Tasmanian typhoon.... even I don't have count of rides I had taken. But in all water rides I think "Tasmanian typhoon" was the best. One Good thing was Chandra likes water rides and first time he came on rides instead of just being spectator. While doing all these things we didn't realized time but when I started feeling hungry at time we realized it already 1:45pm and its time to grab something for lunch. We purchased tickets for chicken BBQ and for such tired and hungry people it was just perfect lunch. Akraman..!!! By the time we finished lunch, we got rejuvenated for remaining rides. Chandra don't like other dangerous rides, so he just settled at one place for rest and I started having all rides one after another. The only resting time for me was time while waiting in queue for any ride. It was just full on enjoyment..!!!

Around 6pm I reached at very special place XTREME SKYFLYER. oh man..!!! It was just mind blowing adventurous game. Immediately I purchased ticket for it and started getting ready for sky fly. It was really great experience... I don't have words to describe it. I hope this video will express my feelings.



Last but not the least, just before leaving park I got my cartoonist sketch from one of the artist over there. Its so funny. he he he he... may be some other time I will publish it.

After enjoying throughout day, around 8pm we started riding for coming back to home. It was perfect evening and with cool breeze. When I was biking towards home, mind was full of thoughts about this place and all Saturday's I spent here in US, as very soon I am going back home... Don't know when I will hit this road again... I guess I became emotional... :)

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Sandy

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Unplanned outing to Golden Gate Park

All pics of this outing

Usually we (me and chandra) try to plan our trip very well, at least we get exact idea of what we to do at the place of visit. But because of so much of work we didn't planned anything and just thought that lets go to Golden gate park, there are many activities at that place which we can do. In this way finally on 24th Jully was started on unplanned day trip to Golden Gate Park...!!!

As usual we started early morning and reached San Francisco (SFO) by 10:30am. After breakfast at subway we started biking towards Golden Gate park which is around 5 miles from SFO cal-train station. while traveling, biking on road next to market street became real challenge as this road was very steep. At one point we got down from bike and started walking. But very soon we realized it was worth taking this effort..!!! As soon as park road started there was dark greenery around us and while biking I felt like being in heaven... Till now I have traveled so much on bike but I can say this was my one the best biking experience...!!!


First point in this park was "Conservatory of Flowers". This was beautiful place with all different types of flowers all around us. Even there was big clock made of flowers. This environment was very rejuvenating, We had great photo session here ;) Almost every group at this place was busy in their own some kind of activity. Interestingly there was one group playing with sword and one old person in that group was teaching them How to hold and use sword. I liked Dahlia flower garden where they are trying to conserve all species of Dahlia. Also loved the attitude of people who were taking care of this garden, they were taking care of these flowers like their children. After that there was big exhibition about flowers but as we wanted to explore entire park in one day so we didn't went for that exhibition.

Second destination was the "de Young Museum", but at entrance itself we found that it was an exhibition about old art work and all. So we didn't felt like attending it. Our immediate next stop was "California Academy of Sciences". but while inquiring itself we came to know that all passes for planetarium inside academy are finished for the day. If we are going to miss planetarium show then there was no point going inside it. Slowly I started realizing result of coming here even without some basic planning. Oh..!!! What to do now???

We thought for 10 mins and immediately I suggested Chandra that lets go for some movie but even we were not aware of any theater in this area. so what?? we have solution for every problem :) We called Naveen who looked at google map and sincerely helped us to reach to "Sundance" theater. We disturbed a lot to Naveen for getting this theater route. But finally we reached there, thanks a lot to Naveen...!!! We watched "Inception" movie. ah..!! It was bit confusing movie....till last moment we were thinking that what will happen next??.. dream inside dream??... I don't think tonight while sleeping I will even dare to dream. When movie finished it took some time for me to realize whether its live or am I inside any dream ;)

Movie finished around 6pm and we started our journey towards SFO cal-train station, on that route Chandra found one place as "Japan center" and out of curiosity we stopped and went inside. This was kind of shopping mall and food center and all Japanese food items were there. he he he he ... after looking all these things there was no doubt that we thought of having dinner there. We had very special Japanese food at dinner at one of the restaurant in this mall. Also we tested "Sake" which is very famous Japanese drink. Food was really testy and still I can feel this test of it :) Some Japanese festival was going on and There were couple of trees and many small papers were tied to leaves of that tree. I didn't got what it is?? But Chandra explained me that there is saying that We should write our wish on piece of small paper and tied it to that tree. It will become true... We both grabbed this opportunity, wrote something on paper and tied it to tree..!!! [hope it will really come true :) ]

In this way, this unplanned outing turn out to be very interesting and enjoyable day, I ever had in my life..!!!

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Sandy.