This is absolutely no day for writing a new post..today being Tuesday, one of my busiest days.. But felt like writing today 🙂
And firstly, I knew three taurians will be the first to respond to my blog…and thanks guys for keeping up my expectations 🙂 As promised I am back with Sweden experiences.
I was very thrilled with the fact of flying out of India as I mentioned in my previous blog. Till the Visa came I really did not want to believe that I will be flying abroad. I just did not want to get all dreamy and then watch the dreams get shattered. Onsites na..you never know what will happen to the so called business requirement until you land abroad. Then the D-day came when the visa came and so our travel was finalized.
The shortest route to Sweden was selected and it being Bangalore-Doha-Arlanda. The packing started, with (mom and dad)^2 joining us in Bangalore, the packing was in full swing… Both parents came from ekm and cbt with lots of food packets. Idly powder, Dosa powder, Chutney powder, Idiyappam Powder, Puttu powder and lots of mixes like pulikachals and lots of pickles. To be honest more than clothes we had food items…
Both moms were really confident about the fact that Sweden is a place where only snow grows and hence it was assumed that no food will be available here. Before the visa came , my dreams looked all pretty..pretty sweden..pretty roads and people and grass and greenery everywhere. But after we started packing, seeing the amount of food we packed, my dreams turned all white and snowy with people starving for food 😛
We finally managed to pack everything into three big immovable bags. We were intelligent enough to contact Qatar airways after packing everything to find out the maximum baggage one can take. And then we got a heart attack…20kg per person!! And currently the three immovable bags were weighing around 65kg..almost 15 kg extra..Vinod then as usual started talking like a multi billionaire…Areey if its extra we will pay for the extra baggage…Sounded like a real good idea..after all food items we cannot avoid.. but it turned into a real bad option when we found out that per kg the charge is 1500 inr. As the bad news dawned on us, we all sat around the immovable unavoidable bags, thinking hard as to what can we avoid.
Then like a life saver, a swift tide of cool breeze swept over us as we came to know that we have an option of sending all these stuff in a cargo as per the company provisions.That was indeed a relief and hence part of the issue was solved. I really cannot forget all those confusions and tensions. I thank both our parents for ever supporting us. I cannot forget that day when me and my dad went all round and round in BTM to find out a pressure cooker which can fit the idli plates.. Really funny but as I write these I really miss you all.. 😦 Bright yellow ribbons were tied around our suitcases so that we do not miss them in the crowd..and we finished packing for the second time
The flight to doha was early in the morning..We all spend that night talking…
At the airport, Vinod’s dad said “See you after six months”..that is when I looked at my mom..tears almost jumping out of my eyes…And then off we went… to Sweden..