Phew. This blog has been in hibernation for two long weeks. Sacrilege. This has not happened ever, not since the time I started blogging nine years back. But then it is not everyday that one gets a chance to go on a week-long trip with your girlfriends! The days prior to the trip went in preparations and the days after (only a couple of them, of course) in settling down. Anyways, here I am, ready to start from where I left off.
So tell me, what would be the odds of three out of a group of four going on a tour not being able to make it (well, almost!) at the very last minute? You are not going to believe what happened to us when we were set to go on that much looked forward to trip. By ‘us’ I mean my blogger friend Sandhya, a friend from army days Meena, and Meena’s daughter.
The night before leaving for Chennai, which was where we planned to meet and proceed, I could not find my ID card which I had kept away safely. Having booked my ticket in the defense quota, I absolutely needed the card to prove my identity. I checked the inside of my purse where it was supposed to be, again and again, but to no avail. When one is the sort of person who always keeps things where they are meant to be, one is totally lost and can’t imagine where to look for something gone missing. The L & M was promptly called on to the scene. He ransacked almost the entire bedroom while I grew more and more agitated (what if I missed my flight?) and also impatient (what’s the point of looking in drawers and bags which were earmarked for other things?). Half an hour later we found it. It was exactly where it was supposed to be, inside the purse in the rack where I had kept it with other *important* cards. The problem had been that we had been looking at the wrong side of it, and been putting it aside. Can you believe that?! Sheesh.
The d-day dawned at Chennai. We got up early enough and were ready quickly. There was still time for the driver to turn up and Sandhya’s husband and son insisted that she do a last minute inventory of required documents when much to our shock we realized she was carrying her old canceled passport. I stood around twiddling my thumbs as the family went about searching for the missing passport. It was a tense half an hour, but I must say Sandhya, bless her soul, never lost her cool and was smiling throughout. I still remember her laughing out and telling me, “You will have to go without me!” The *truant* passport was eventually tracked down to the scanner, and we had five more minutes to spare before the driver rang the doorbell, right on the dot.
With many a sigh of relief we left for the airport, our mind boggling at the thought of what would have happened if the discovery had happened too late while at the airport. Soon Meena joined us with a despondent look and she gave us the worst news. Her daughter, who was supposed to meet us at our destination, had missed the flight. Uh-ho. Hurried phone calls went back and forth to arrange things suitably, to our satisfaction, and once that was done we sighed and relaxed for a bit, waiting for our flight to take us to our destination, and hoping no more *hurdles* awaited us.
Can you guess where we went from the pictures below? In case you cannot, go and read this post written by Sandhya, the first in a series of travelogues about our holiday.
Oh, before I forget, my thanks to Govind, who suggested making this trip and also started us off on it. We may yet pester him for more suggestion of places and also seek help with planning future holidays. 😉
I saw those elephants and that view and knew it was Sri Lanka. Such an awesome place 🙂
Yes! 😀 I agree, an awesome place 🙂
Hidden Passions said:
Sounds like a great trip. Looking forward to hear your narration of the trip.
Thank you 🙂
And for all those ‘troubles’ that I took
a treasure was what I was hoping to hook
All I got instead was an autographed book
her level of genorisity I had mistook. 🙂
Jokes apart, I am very happy that you enjoyed this trip. Maybe it is time to go visiting Myanmar. 🙂
May be it is. But please don’t tell me it is full of temples and I will have to take off my shoes! 😦
I am afraid you will have to remove your shoes when you visit the pagodas.
I was afraid of that 😦
simple girl said:
Is it Sri Lanka ?? I heard it is beautiful… 🙂
Beautiful and clean!
Sandhya Kumar said:
Even now, I feel nervous when I think of that episode where I had ‘lost’ my passport!
Beautiful pictures, Shail! Every photo is unique but you are becoming a professional photographer day by day!
Thank you for taking me along with you for this memorable/unforgettable holiday!
I think I am the one who should be thankful that you came along! 🙂
You went to Sri Lanka?!! How cool !! At first when you talked about meeting in Chennai, I thought you were touring around Chennai. No wonder I couldn’t figure out where the place was lol. Anyhow, visiting Sri Lanka is on my bucket list :).
Beautiful place, courteous people.
Shailaja/ The Moving Quill said:
Well, that was one fascinating pre-journey adventure 🙂 As for the photographs, they are quite breathtaking. What I wouldn’t give to just get away from it all 🙂
Thank you. Hope you get to go on a trip soon! 🙂
Usha Pisharody said:
Ah, the omnipresent tension of the “missing” important item! Always adds to the general thrill, in retrospect of course, to any trip 😛
Loved you photographs… the descriptions and the regular updates 🙂 🙂 More power to more trips like these 🙂
Now off to Sandhya’s travelogue 🙂
In retrospect, yes! Adds a lot to the thrill! 😀 Thank you, Usha 😀
Oh my God !! Your friend too had her moments before leaving for the trip huh ?? You girls certainly needed the Srilankan air to clear off those tense moments 😀
Lovely lovely pics Shail…waiting for more to feast on…
That hidden boat is soooo beautiful !
The long line of trees…fabulous…who asked them to stand in such perfect line 😛
Now, off to read about the elephants 😀 😀
Those are called Cabbage Palms, Uma 🙂
Yes, indeed we needed the holiday after all that tension! 😉
Wow! Quite an ordeal with regard to the missing ID card and passport but totally worth it after seeing your photos!!
ordeal it was, Roshni! 🙂 But the trip relaxed us 🙂
A heavenly holiday in Sri Lanka
With Meena,(‘s) daughter, and Sandhya
Had moments of tension
Thank goodness they didn’t encounter Ravana!
Hahaha. Now that would have been the last straw! 😛 😀
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hahaha….it happens to me too! Somehow the things I keep ‘properly’ are the ones I don’t find when required 😛
And Sri Lanka looks awesome….its in my to-visit list 🙂
Why does it happen that way that things kept safely and securely end up giving us problems!
You will enjoy Sri Lanka. 🙂
Cant wait for the day I land in the Lankan soil 🙂
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Bah! So this was the post I was supposed to read first! And here I was hopping back and forth with no sense of order.
Hahaha..gosh what a palpitating start you all had to your holiday! It was fun reading your travelogue, Shail and like you said, about the same holiday from another perspective 🙂
Let me go read Sandhya’s post now
Oh and yes, amazing captures BTW! Goes without saying though. You’re the shutterbug lady after all 😛
Sandhya Kumar said:
I still talk about this trip, Shail! It was a lovely, memorable trip!
Time for another? 🙂