Phases of Life /travel – PART 3

Hey people, Glad you guys are back!

Here goes the answer to why am I blogging? What made me write blogs? what travel got to do with me?

To all the reader’s, this is the Last one guys! I swear No more personal blogs guys…Time from next week to see some colorful places and admire… woohoo !!!!!

Even before I received the undergraduate degree,the actual piece of paper which  qualified me as an Engineer, I set flight to a beautiful country that gave me so much of confidence, perseverance, and ability to think  forgetting the fact that there is something called society which will always try to pull you down regardless of what you wanna achieve. Two questions always I have in my mind: If you won’t regret when you look back, what you have done? Are you passionate and happy about doing that? If Yes is the Answer then very well there is no place for second thought.

 Farewell at home and Chennai International Airport (Lol 😛 look at me, seriously )

I still remember my first flight to London and the connecting American Airlines flight to the US. It was like a dream, even today it is. Losing all the connections from the roots, flying 10,000 miles away with a thinking of different time zone, with people of different cultures. Will I be able to deal with it? Will I ever graduate my masters? (I swear I had this doubt – I am not even making it up), Will people accept me for who I am?

Courtesy: Google maps

Taking a break and looking at all this journey made me realize how life is beautiful and could we ever repay at least a part of it to earth, our parents or our friends. Guys take a minute and think how grateful we should be to our lives compared to a million people.

                                        First ever 10-hour flight journey to London 

                                             FIRST SIGHT OF MIAMI – SUCH A BEAUTY 

Well, everything eventually fell into place and for all the questions I would strongly answer a Yes now raising my chest proud and happy.  The first sight of US is still in my eyes and heart even today(As you see in the video, I am glad it came out well and I could showcase it today) – A beautiful evening from 10000 feet above, an amazing view of the south beach with the coastal vibe was so welcoming. Not forgetting the fact roommates are the most important part of anyone’s life but here in the US, it takes a notch more. They aren’t just your roomies, they are family and even well-wishers if it happens right.

We call the home I used to live “508”, A paradise. We never knew we were making memories, all we knew was that we were having fun. When I turn back and see, everyone who lived with me was elder to me (So naturally you become a little bro to them 😛 ) It’s always fun to be the youngest whether it is family or a family away from home. They even feed me, take care of me and made sure I cope up with the culture shock and conditions.(All the face down here had influenced me, taught me and motivated me as much as they could )

The school was different, Classes were different and even exams were kinda different. But I made sure I got this but met two beautiful souls who again made sure I am doing great in school too. Again mechanical engineering gifted me 2 more idiots AKA friends to deal with all my stupidity and the craziness!  Fun times man!

The change wasn’t easy guys, to all who moved to this country or any country abroad for this matter. Let me narrate 10 things, everyone goes through, the at least majority would have.

  1. Converting $1 to Rs.64,65,65…. whatever it was (Don’t smile if you have done it)
  2. Feel like speaking to your friends when you are free – But they are deep asleep at that time.
  3. Looking at the amazing cars, Will I ever be able to buy them? 
  4. Homesick (The magnitude differs though- In spite of staying in residential school from the age of 12, that feeling is real )
  5. There would be bad days where you need to run to someone for just a hug, but the fact is no one would be around you – Need to deal everything by yourself.
  6. Toilet paper (Self – explanatory – If you still don’t get it better move over to the next point haha!)
  7. You have a feeling of being in a mirage: Is this the place I really belong?
  8.  Finance being a constraint,  restrict yourself even to essential things that you would love doing (Unless you are from a status which gives you privilege not to care about finance )
  9. Your taste buds start to fade eating differently from your regular spicy food.
  10. The most important of all “YOUR INNER CHEF WILL COME OUT OF YOU ” (No other way apart from cooking 😛 )

Just letting everyone know, I came to the US to do my masters at Florida International University ( FIU) – A pretty amazing school in terms of schooling experience and in terms of the location and cultural diversity. Just sharing few initial pics while I moved to the school.

I hope you guys know pretty much about me.  (I hear some voices say, no more  – I got you guys !!! )

Can’t wait to show you guys the first travel I ever did in this Country, and many more to follow.

See you guys on next blog.

Love,

Praveen

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Phases of Life /travel – PART 1

Hey y’ all, hope my first post was interesting and a base to get to know me.

Well knowing about me is a good step to start isn’t?

Let’s get into detail to check out where all I have traveled. You know what, I actually spared so much of time to check out for myself where all I have been since my childhood even before I knew what traveling actually meant.

“Statutory warning: Please don’t get sick of my blog because of my teenage pics, yes even I feel embarrassed sharing them.”

 

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The Mini-me <3

Started as a child, going with the family to different places during the summer holidays, the only longest vacation we all get. (Hope you guys too would have experienced this ). When I was 15 years I started traveling alone, usually for breaks from the military residential boy’s school ( SchoolsLink ).

I went to residential school when I was 12 years old. The start to a life of being independent of making my bed in the morning to washing my clothes in the weekend.  Only thing I understood back then was, I was happy being independent, yea the freedom meant something to me. Even after 10 years, I am still not able to put them into words.

Travel areas – Mostly part of India (During my days before college)

  • To start with a state I was born Tamil Nadu   (Madurai, Trichy, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Coimbatore, Tanjore, Ooty, Kodaikanal and Pondicherry all that I can remember as of now 😛 )
  • Kerala – Idukki
  • Karnataka – Bengaluru, Mysuru, and Bijapur.
  • Maharashtra – Mumbai, Pune, Lonavala.
  • Telangana – Hyderabad.
  • Odisha – Bhubaneswar, Puri, and Cuttack.
  • Rajasthan – Jaipur.
  • Uttar Pradesh – Agra.
  • Delhi – New Delhi.
  • Haryana – Panipat, Chandigarh.
  • Punjab – Amritsar, Wagah Border.
  • Himachal Pradesh – Shimla, Manali.
  • Jammu&Kashmir – Rothang Pass, Katra
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

I am gonna write about few of these places which I believe I still remember what I saw, experienced and had fun in my childhood. This is still a very minimal part of India that I have covered, as the country is vast, beautiful and multicultural. I suppose this would have been my thought, “Get done with my final exams and get me outta here for the summer”. But didn’t understand by then what exposure meant? why did that change make me happy? Why did my family get to me to these places? When I think back today, everything makes so much sense to me 🙂

My childhood days went pass like this; never knew that day I was making memories nor that I would be writing about this at 1 am burning the midnight oil. Done with school by then caught in the whirlwind of marks, grades, colleges, admissions etc. I don’t even want to think about that awful moments now. I had the beautiful set of friends, which I still have after 13 years… Now they aren’t friends, they are family…

                                                    The few shades of adolescent ME 😛 

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If you think it’s more of a personal info that I am sharing, nope it’s not. Maybe most of you would have had a similar experience of a family vacation, summer trips and stuff like that, especially if you were from India. Well, you wouldn’t have traveled a lot or you didn’t get a chance either. Better late than never.

Stay tuned for how things changed for me ………. <3

PS: No more adolescent pics guys, haha

I should definitely thank my mom – She retrieved all the pics from drive because of my consistent bothering, being up way past her bedtime. (Ma, don’t complain I made you work – I gave you credits for your contribution 😛 )

See you guy’s next blog. Happy hardworking and an amazing week ahead of the pretty chill weekend 🙂

Love,

Praveen