Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer of 2015

Phew! So the FA-2 exams are finally over! The last exam was yesterday. Now, its officially time for summer vacation. Mom and I are going to India tonight and Dad’s coming later.

Last week was really hectic so I’m looking forward towards the vacation. Kunjunni has already taken leave from school so that he can greet us at the airport. Kunjichechi’s first year at college starts in August, and since she was not able to spend much time with us last year due to studies, this time she plans to  be at our home 24/7. My grandparents are eagerly waiting for us as well. So it’s clear everyone is excited.

We’ll reach tomorrow morning at 9. That’s always what I like; reaching India in the morning. You can start off with the new day instead of the time when you reach there at night, and everyone nags you to go to bed even though you are not sleepy and want to do something else. 

Nanditha’s plane was today too, only hers was at noon and mine’s late night. Her flight had got postponed and rescheduled twice, so me and Chandana were soon teasing her. ‘The plane probably doesn’t want you as a passenger.’ Then we did a high-pitched version of the crew ‘OMG! Nanditha is coming too??!! Cancel the flight! Cancel the flight!’

Nanditha was disappointed when she found out we were both going on the same day but with different timings, so we would not be able to somehow bump into each other at the airport. She told everyone when standing near me ‘We are going on the same day, but this fool is going at night and me at noon’. So everyone would be like ‘Aww….. that’s too bad.’ And to other people but in same situations, I would say ‘We are going on the same day, but this idiot is going at noon and I am going at night.’ Same audience reaction, same glaring and staring competition between me and Nandu.

Nothing more better than fighting with your best friends. Chandana, Nanditha and I have debates on a few topics sometimes, but we are never serious. Its kind of like a laughing debate, since we constantly laugh. Usually its two against one in any combination, for example, when Nandu and I together irritate Chandu a few times when she tries to get a nap during free periods when there is nothing else to do, or when Chandana and I try to calculate how annoying Nanditha can get.

Our nicknames kind of rhyme too – Janu, Chandu and Nandu. We usually call and are called by our nicknames.

Anyways, see ya after the vaca!!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Heidelberg Diary (Heidelberg Tagebuch)

Oookayyy, it’s been a pretty long time since I have posted anything and sorry for that. 9th grade has been taking control of my life so I have barely time to breathe.

 Heidelberg looks straight out of a Disney movie. An old castle, river, vintage  bridge, scenic hills, churches,  paved streets - everything together added up to its beauty. I was pretty sure this was the ultimate place for all poets of the world. 

We stayed at Goldener Falke. It was right in front of a square with several shops and cafés, and a fountain with a statue of Hercules on top.

The hotel was interesting and cool. There was a majestic view of castle outside the window. After getting refreshed and having our breakfast, we set out to explore Heidelberg.

Our hotel was very close to the Heidelberg castle. We could see the castle from anywhere. I soon noticed that we had no trouble finding our hotel and that it was in the perfect spot. Somehow we always wound up in front of it. We felt like Ferdinand Magellan.

I also observed that the pigeons were really tame, I mean, in India you don’t have to go 3 feet near a pigeon to scare it but this was different. One pigeon pecked some bread crumb near my foot, and it didn’t even flinch when I shook my foot.

Dad took plenty of pictures. PLENTY. Even if I get annoyed for posing several times, looking at the photos later is always fun. So we posed every 3 seconds. I fought for the camera and took random photos of the river, hills and street. My parents complained ‘That’s why we have Google images.’

The days began to fly past. We went to several places, one such being the Philosopher’s walk. Man, we walked!

It would also be an insult to forget the darling Bridge Monkey. Mom made me pose next to it several times for photos and touch its mirror and the mouse beside it because apparently, it was a belief that you would be able to come back to Heidelberg if you did. In fact, we took so many pictures and touched the mirror so many times, I was sure the next time I would go to Heidelberg because of the Bridge Monkey, it would say ‘Duh’. 

The Heidelberg castle was also the home to the world’s largest wine barrel. When we went to see it, we first saw a wine barrel. It was pretty huge, so we took several pictures. Then we went inside to the other room, where I took the opportunity to name the first barrel ‘Barrel Jr.’ Because this barrel was HUMONGOUS. Dad was pretty grumpy because he had thought the other barrel was the one and he had stood and bent and squat everywhere to take the perfect picture of us next to it.

We also were able to witness the marathon which took place once every year. It was right outside our hotel. We were having breakfast when we saw several people running past the window. It was really cool. Everyone was really into it. People of all ages were participants. 70-year-olds ran with the agility of a 20-year-old.

On the Old Bridge, thanks to Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus series, I had a lot of interest in trying to identify the statues since I know all about the Greek gods and goddesses. I was able to successfully identify Minerva, Roman goddess of war, in several ways.

We enjoyed sitting outside at café’s, sipping coffee and watching everything going on during the evening. Our square was perfect, with several restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops. Our favorite restaurant was a Vietnamese one. Three words- BEST. FOOD. EVER!!!