Visiting the Dutchland

A few days before Christmas, I once again escaped the confines of my little village and ventured out to explore the big, wide world. Well, okay, actually I went to another small village in the Netherlands. Anyway, at least I traveled again! I was only there for a few days, so I didn’t have that much time to travel around, but I did manage to squeeze in some nice things!
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Back in Germany – 2. Christmas Markets in Idar-Oberstein and Munich

This took way longer than planned, because our Wifi decided to die on us almost two weeks ago. Sorry! 

In the first week after my return to Germany, I was asked if I wanted to join my stepmother in helping a family friend at her shop and at a Christmas flea market she was having at her home, so I could keep myself busy a bit so that my “homesickness” and the culture shock of returning to Germany were a bit less terrible.

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One Month Later – 1. Thoughts about Things

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So many memories ….

Wow, so yesterday it’s been exactly one month since I left India. Sometimes it feels like ages ago, surreal and almost like a dream, and sometimes it feels like it’s only been yesterday, and I catch myself seeing news and events and restaurant recommendations from Pune thinking about going there as well, only to realize I’m several thousand kilometers away on a different continent.

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Goodbye India & Airport Thoughts

As I am writing these lines, it is currently 11.30 PM IST, and I’m sitting in front of Gate 15 at Delhi Airport. Behind me is an adventurous Rickshaw ride to Pune Airport and an 2-hour flight to Delhi, in front of me, my return to Germany after 9 months in India. In about 4 hours, our flight to Frankfurt will depart from here, and then another 8 hours later we will touch the ground again in good old Germany.

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Weekend Getaway to Italy!

Hey Guys!

Last Sunday, some colleagues and I decided to take a short trip to Lavasa outside of Pune. According to Wikipedia, Lavasa “is a private, planned city being built near Pune. It is stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, with a street and several buildings bearing the name of that town”. Compared to bustling and crowded Pune, the quiet and cozy Lavasa really does feel more European than Indian, without losing its “Indianess” completely. The weird mixture of Indian and artificially European influences does give the town its very own unique, even absurd, charme 🙂 It really looks like what you’d imagine an Indian city built to look like an Italian city would look like.

We left very early in the morning, reaching Lavasa around 9, and were avidly looking forward for a hearty breakfast at the “All American Diner”. Alas, for some reason they only served a breakfast buffet that morning, consisting solely of Indian breakfast, and so off we went to have breakfast at CCD before returning to the American Diner for lunch 😉 The diner alone is reason enough to go to Lavasa, so you’ll probably see more pics from there than anywhere else in Lavasa 😀

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Lavasa impressions
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The All American Diner!
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Mosaic at the Lavasa promenade
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They even have an “olde” English pub here!
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Lavasa hills

After Lavasa, we still took a short detour to Lonavla, to uy some of the famous Chikki and Fudge from there and have dinner. Right next to the restaurant where we were eating, they had built a new Hotel/Resort, with the rooms being actual TREEHOUSES!!! How awesome is that? Unfortunately, their rates are also quite awe-inspiring, so I guess I’ll have to make do with the short room tour we got there.

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Evening snack in Lonavla (I later realized that eating something with lots of ice cubes from questionable origin was maybe not a good idea. Everything was alright though ;))
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Rumourss Skyvilla Resort in Lonavla!

Tomorrow, it is finally time for the Pune Oktoberfest! Unfortunately, cell phones aren’t allowed at the race course, so I won’t be able to take any pictures 😦 (I might try to smuggle my phone in though :D) Otherwise, I hope to back with a new post rather soon anyway, probably a short book review 🙂