May 27

Europe – Getting There

Bombay airport was a nightmare. We were made to stand in queues that went on forever to get through immigration and security. We must have stood in line for more than 2 hours, the ac was not working too well, and in some places in the hall not at all. It was suffocating. There was no consideration given for older people or even for people traveling business!

This is the Bombay Airport

This is the Bombay Airport

Bombay Airport - Zoomed in :)

Bombay Airport - Zoomed in 🙂

After that ordeal, we came to know that our flight was delayed… by 3 hours! Because of the construction work going on at Bombay airport, they had diverted our plane to Ahmedabad and it took its own time finding its way back to Bombay.

Instead of 2:50 am, we finally were air bound only at around 6:30 am. I was praying to Guruji for a miracle, to get upgraded to business class somehow, but it didn’t happen… however, the seats we got, were the last 2 seats in the economy class and were strangely comfortable and somehow the flight was not as bad as I had imagined it to be… which was a miracle!

It was an absolutely full flight, not a single seat was empty and after about 9 hours of flying we touched down at Frankfurt Airport. As soon as we got off the plane there was another queue to get to passport control, thankfully, this one was not as long as it seemed and we were through immigration in just a few minutes.

Lufthansa food in economy class sucks big time and both Dinesh and I were quite hungry by the time we got to Frankfurt central station to get on to a train to Vienna. I hunted around on the platform for veggie food and to my delight found many places serving really good veggie stuff and one place serving only vegetarian food. Europe is becoming easier to live in for a vegetarian.

We got onto our 8 hour train ride to Vienna through some stunning German and Austrian countryside. I finished my book, dinesh mostly slept, though I kept waking him up to see some beautiful vista or another. He would groggily wake up, look out of the window, give me a sleepy smile and promptly start snoring again.

We got into Vienna at 9:30 pm and were met there by Beni and Madan. Right from the station, we went for a drive to see some of the city’s beautiful buildings by night… Then we got home and I promptly went to bed… and suddenly it was the morning of the next day.


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24 Responses to “Europe – Getting There”

  1. Sameer Sathe says:

    ohh!! wow !!! What a beautiful travel description!!! I min starts with chaos and ends with smile,peace…..

    This is very touchy…..:):) and nicely decorated sentence 🙂 I also saw scenery while reading this 🙂

  2. Suparna says:

    You have soooo many things to share now…yet only 2 short posts a week?? Not fair, dude! I vote we get back to the a-post-a-day schedule…All in favor say ‘Aye’!
    ‘AYE!’

  3. Rahul Joshi says:

    Then wat happened…???
    hey Bau, why do you keep somethings as mystery for the next blog…..

  4. satwik says:

    waiting for the complete description and your tweets on the airport were quite amusing ! 🙂

  5. Anupam says:

    AYE!!!!

    Bau seriously..you are going to make us wait for a long time till the entire story is outta the bag…two posts a week doesn’t work…AT LEAST for the Europe story make it more frequent…please bau!!!!!

    Lovely description by the way…

    Love
    Anupam

  6. komal says:

    hmm vienna is really beautiful i visited austri 2 years agoand the scenes you get see thru eurail are just mesmerising sometimes….

  7. > It was an absolutely full flight, not a single seat was empty

    Was the toilet seat also full?

    JGD!

  8. Soham says:

    hahaha…awesome!..while reading it i felt as if i was actually travelling with u guys…

  9. Vivek says:

    really nice adventure of sorts….europe is becomin AOL frndly…
    hehe
    -Vivek

  10. Ram says:

    Hello Bau,
    Can you please disseminate some information on what the youth event happening in the ashram fro 21st june about. The volunteer with whom i had a word couldn’t really explain the event and the various sub events wrapped up inside. Hope this will not just help me make a decision but many others too!

    Thanks

  11. Mansee says:

    Aye !!

    After the Europe stories we r also dying to hear nice wisdom bytes from the B’lore Ashram (though we r having trailor bites on twitter!)

  12. Neil says:

    You bet…. about hunting for veg food…. it can be a pain at times…. but never that big a pain with Guruji’s blessings … hehehe!!!

    But the post cannot end like this… or can it?

  13. Ravi says:

    Couldnt find any other place to post this….
    I love you guruji and will always love you.
    Thank heavens you are safe.

  14. vineela says:

    while reading this..i could really imagine bau and his sweet voice with a cute smile.very good experience with miracles happening bau and dada…hope to c u soon…………for the summer magic. jai gurudev!!!

  15. Barbara says:

    oh, I cant believe you are in vienna and I am not! I would have shown you around and you would have been my guest all along!

    and with a little luck, you could be the first AOL person to see our son – I am due in 2 weeks (and in Kuala Lumpur)….

    Have an awesome time and tell me more about your vienna trip!

    Barbara

    • Bawa says:

      I missed you over there too … maybe next time, it would have been great to be with you and your family in Vienna 🙂

  16. Harish says:

    Yaaay!!!!!! happy to see the fotographs in your blog Bau!!!
    Love you..
    Jai Guru Dev

  17. Ram says:

    Hello Bau,
    Can you please disseminate some information on what the youth event happening in the ashram fro 21st june about. The volunteer with whom i had a word couldn’t really explain the event and the various sub events wrapped up inside. Hope this will not just help me make a decision but many others too!
    Btw, did u forget to respond to this or on purpose, eh?
    Thanks

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