Long since…there is much to write about, and hopefully I will catch up with the writing. Till that happens, here is something I would like to share…
An inherent part of living is Germany is learning German, or at least making an attempt to do so….here is one such instance of my German-learning effort, a poem written as part of the German course:
Kleine Sachen der Freude
Durch ein Fenster
An einem klaren Tag im Winter
Ein Buch zum Lesen
Eine dampfende Tasse Tee
Ein bequeme Couch zum Sitzen
mit einer warmen Decke
Gemeinsames Essen mit einem Freund
Reden und Lachen
An einem kalten langen Abend
Kleine Sachen, die einen Tag ausmachen
This was taken in the Englischergarten less than two weeks back, and it has started snowing since yesterday. Not the kind of snow which leaves a all-white landscape in the end, but the kind of snow that melts even before touching the ground and leaves behind irritating puddles to contend with.
The weekend was pretty pleasant and warm – both weatherwise and in terms of the time we spent. Saturday was a relaxed day spent catching up with weekend chores and some much cherished sleep. Sunday was spent in the company of some good friends. We had lunch together and then went for a stroll to the Englischer Garten. It was quite a sight – thousands of people making a beeline for the park…
I had prepared a chicken biriyani, which turned out rather nice, even after toning the spice level down for German palates. It was served with some leafy salad and a raita.
A funny thing happened, when I explained (in German) to our friends that this was a an Indian rice dish with chicken – and I noticed that their 7-year old son’s eyes go wide open – he thought it was some dish with dog meat (Huhnerfleisch – Hundefleisch). His mother clarified the mistake, and I assured him that we don’t eat any dogs – much laughter followed to the embarrassment of the little chap!
Taken from the Hohensalzburg fortress, during a visit with my parents in April 2010.
This year ends in less than two months, the last few months just flew by. I had started this blog with all good intentions, but somehow over time the enthusiasm just fizzled out…or perhaps there was just not enough enthusiasm to start with. This is so like many other projects in my life!
There has been a lot happening over the past 3 months, and therefore the lack of posts do not reflect the lack of things happening, but rather the lack of initiative. Here I will list out some of the travelling we did, and hopefully I will get around to posting the photos sometime.
I went to Montreal for a few days to attend a conference in August.
Here is a cute little street corner that I came across while taking a walk down the old part of the city with some lovely ladies I met in the conference.
The next stop after Montreal was Boston to visit my sister-in-law and her family. We did a family vacation together in Lake Willoughby in Boston. It was an immensely enjoyable, relaxing and peaceful 3 days spent beside the lake….
The above photo only about captures the tranquility of the whole setting in the evening. We have decided to repeat the whole thing again next year, and spend 7 days instead of 3 the next time round.
Within 7 days of coming back from the US, S left for India, while I spent about 2 weeks here alone before leaving for the annual India trip, via Seoul and Singapore. It was indeed a whirlwind of sorts….to be continued!
Enjoying the last few days of autumn, before winter bangs at the door. With all summer travels over, the Oktoberfest having just ended….a momentary lull descends over Munich, with nothing much to look forward to in the next few days.
The last two months have been interesting travel-wise. There are lots of photos to sort, and memories to cherish (and write about!), and I hope I will be able to get to them sometime soon.