10 Things I haven't done

10. Watched the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) from the top of the world.






9. Viewed the Sun set on Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower.




8. Screamed my lungs out watching Kaka, Ronaldo & Company play for Real Madrid at the Bernebeu.



7. Climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa and wondered if it's gonna topple over.



6. Taken a Gondola ride in Venice.



5. Stared at the Mona Lisa and wondered what the fuss was all about.



4. Walked the Colloseum and felt like a gladiator.



3. Relived history at the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.





2. Taken a boat ride through Norwegian Fjords.





1. Tried to sketch the Swiss Alps (and not from photographs).




Yet.


I am leaving for Sweden in a couple of days for a 4-month long student exchange program. Needless to say, I am very excited! Though my budget is limited, I hope to be able to do some of the most appealing things Europe has to offer, and the above list is a sample.

And as I set out with a sense of adventure and wanderlust to discover foreign lands, ancient cultures, diverse people and varied landscapes, I hope this trip will be as much about rediscovering myself. Though I have physically stayed put, my spirit has been wandering for a long time now in search of meaning, purpose and hope. I wish to find all of these, and discover within myself an enduring optimism and a joie de vivre to last a lifetime.


All that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring;
renenwed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king.


- Tolkein


So wish me luck folks! (and don't be too jealous :P)

Comments

  1. I AM jealous! Anyways, All the best dude! May you find your own self, and some hot babe(s) :P

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  2. the pictures along with ur wishes makes them so contagious....i also got that disease..i too wanna travel.

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  3. they are wonderful things to be done. hope they come true !

    and good luck with ur trip !

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  4. I want to do all that as well!!!
    im so freaking jealous...
    The northern lights!!
    the gondola's
    history!!
    my time will come too :P

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  5. Hey !!! All the very best 4 ur trip.
    May all ur dreams come true...

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  6. I have done 6-7 of these things and they are all wonderful..!! hope you enjoy.. :)

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  7. @Abhishek: :) What you've mentioned was intentionally left out. ;)


    @Vikas: You can always find nearby places to travel to. :)


    @Mou: Thanks a lot for the wishes! :)


    @Niya: Europe's not going anywhere.. You'll get your turn.. :)


    @Saima: Thanks a lot! :)


    @Nirjhar: Yes, of course. I just hope I manage to stay within budget and yet cover all of these. :)

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  8. Well thats a great news my dear friend!!!Good Luck.And I'm eagerly waiting for the stuff which you will add here after returning from there.And ya i would love to hear some of your sarcastic comments about ur European experiences ;)

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  9. ohh man..i am soooo jealous :(

    But im sure u will have a gr8 time..and im sure i shall get an opp to mke u feel jealous sumtime soon :P

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  10. i am sooooooooo jealous! I've never been out of the country. Lucky you.

    I've heard they have great chocolates in Sweden. The Swiss ones are too overrated. :)

    Go watch your Northern Lights.

    I guess it'll be another decade before I do.

    P.S. so so so jealous! :)

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  11. That's an almost-perfect list! Europe has so many exciting places to offer which are rich and abundant in history and beauty... they're on my list too (esp. Rome, Venice, Vatican City, Vienna and Paris) and I'm saving up for that one all-encompassing Europe trip which will bring utmost fulfillment to me :)

    And hey, good luck touring Sweden. Bring back lots of pictures and memories :)

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  12. All the best dude!
    I am only jealous on one thing .. not being to watch RM play .. I will go one better and watch Arsenal play :P

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  13. Hi dude, Happy Journey, You are gonna visit all these places n we request you to send all these photographs.. :P

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  14. @Asif: Thanks for the wishes! And you won't have to wait till I return. I will of course blog from there as well. And I will surely not be sarcastic at all!


    @Shanu: Thanks for being so jealous. I promise to be jealous of you too. :P


    @Tangled: Girls and chocolates. I'll never get the obsession. I'll try em of course (I mean the chocolates! :P) And why another decade? You never know, it might happen a lot sooner..


    @Avanti: Thank you. I came up with it quite randomly you know. I'm to explore a few off-beat places as well, apart from these popular spots.

    And why do you wanna save up and go all alone? There's an easier way.. ;)


    @Gunner: Thanks! Hmm.. Now I am jealous!! :|


    @GKK: Thanks man! Yup, you'll see pics and descriptions right here. :)

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  15. Impressive list... and might I add, we can do some of those things together!!! What perfect timing! Who knew we would be in Europe together? See ya there!!

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  16. I thought I'll never know jealousy, but you proved me wrong!!!

    God!! Those Norwegian Fjords!!! *sigh* And I'm so waiting for the day when I take a Gondola ride in the most romantic place in the world (even if all alone).

    And thank God!! I too don't understand what the fuss is all about that ugly female. Huh!!

    Anyway...I don't think I could have had a better start to the day other than seeing these b'ful reading those b'ful lines from Tolkien. :)

    Thanks.

    Cheers

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  17. @Nikita: Koi na. Main pics bhejunga na..


    @Farah: Yea! I'm waiting to see your reaction when you see Kaka, Ronaldo, Raul and Casillas! :D


    @bondgal: Nice to see you here! And thank you so much for the heartfelt jealousy! :P

    Why would the ride be alone for you? I mean, since its hypothetical, why not include a prince charming (or whoever is your type) to go along with?

    Lol, let's not call the poor girl names. Plain maybe, but not ugly.

    You're welcome & Cheers :)

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  18. I've recently decided that I would like to live in a tiny little flat somewhere and spend all my money on travel. These pictures only reiterated that for me. I'm jelous too, look forward to pics from your trip! :)

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  19. I love the pics you chose...beautiful.

    I'm so jealous too. Hope you have a fantastic time! All the best and travel safely :)

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  20. @WiP: That seems like a nice plan! :)


    @Azra: Thanks for the wishes! :)

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  21. You do realize it was quite futile to say that people shouldnt be too jealous, dont you??
    i mean this could easily be someone's wish list yaa!!
    neway.. best of luck for the upcoming months..have loads of fun..do most of these things..and continue to write..:)
    hugs

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  22. @mystish: I do! :P Thanks a lot.. :)

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  23. Best of luck! for your trip and i hope all your wishes come true. Do keep us updated.

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  24. You lucky @%#&*#, :)
    You don't have to rub it in further with the pics :). You can now top it with the snaps from your own camera :).
    Best of luck for the trip. I hear it;s a very different world out there in Sweden :).

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  25. @Shas: Thank you! Updates will be up soon. :)

    @BrownPhantom: Nice to see you here! Pics and stuff will be up soon. ;)

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  26. Sigh !! Sweden ....
    I wanna go tooooo :(

    The Postcard from Europe series is lovely :D
    Goodluck .

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  27. @mikimbizi: Can't believe I didn't see your comment, coz I think I've read all your posts. Thanks a lot! :)

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