Monday, July 10, 2006

Blogging Hiatus

It's vacation time and I am off tomorrow so this little blog will go on hiatus until I can find an internet connection in India. Our first stop is the city of London where we plan on being regular tourists, doing all the sight-seeing we possibly can. I have to admit the one-year anniversary of the London subway bombings have left me slightly wary about using the tube. What is it about us humans that make us so apprehensive about something that is highly unlikely to happen and yet carefree about more likely disasters like global warming ??? Is it because global warming doesn't roam around with a backpack?

After London we will be heading for sunny India, more specifically to the garden city of Bangalore. For more on Bangalore, do visit Itinerant's (Shashikiran Mullur) Bangalore Jottings/Files. I will try to blog from Bangalore with pictures, but it will have to wait until I can find that elusive internet connection!

Well, guess it's time to say "au revoir" or see you soon. Have a beautiful summer everyone - I will miss you!

Sorry I couldn't write everyone personally to say à bientôt, but as you may imagine, things have been pretty crazy here.

(pic. courtesy The New York Times)


Susan Abraham said...

Dearest Lotus,
There are internet cafes on almost every corner that you turn into, in London.
By the way, security is always top-class and excellent in this European city which is why I feel safe and very well looked-after.
Once I lost my leather handbag and phone (and I was going on about the price of the handbag more then anything else} and the police doted on me. They are very kind people and know their job like the back of their hand.
As for the tube, same old rush, same old grumpy faces, same old lovable buskers. Everything went on as normal after last July. I must have taken the trains, hundreds of times, starting with July 8. Not to worry. London knows how to look after itself beautifully.
Just watch out for your purses. Don't leave anything lying around carelessly. The central shopping streets may be packed with tourists and snatch theives lurk about. Also, handphone thefts are one of the highest crimes in this city. Try not to make yours visible and don't leave it on a table if you stop for coffee. Have lots of fun. Think of the glorious bookshops. I'll miss you.

Dorothy W. said...

Have an awesome trip!

Les said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip! I look forward to your pictures once you're back online.


Angela in Europe said...

Have a fantastic vacation. The weather seems to be great in London right now. Don't worry a bit about the tube; it is very unlikely to happen again. Enjoy every minute of it!

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, Suse!

THanks for the encouraging comment. That was an interesting tidbit about the handphones - I hadn't realized that. The good news is that we have internet access in the hotel room so I should be able to get in touch from London. If not, it's probably because I am not as technologically savvy as I would like to believe I am! ;)

THanks, Dorothy and have a good summer!

Hello, Les, thanks for leaving me a comment. I hope so much I will be able to share nice pictures of my hometown with all of you!

Hello, Angela Yes, true, the subways are safe and believe me, I would never have had a negative thought if I hadn't listened to all that news on July 07th! It just brought back all those images. Have a wonderful summer, Angela!

Grumpy said...

Hope you and the girls have a wonderful trip. Say hello to your Hubby for me.

Lotus Reads said...

Thank you grumpy. Did you read what happened in Bombay(Mumbai)? I will be stopping in Bombay for a day - both Bombay and Bangalore are on HIGH alert due to the blasts!

Grumpy said...

Yes I heard. Please PLEASE, take care.

Angela in Europe said...

Be careful! I just read about the damage!

a.c.t said...

Have a great time. I've always wanted to go to Mumbai, hope you enjoy it despite what has just happened.

Susan in Italy said...

Hi Lotus, Have a wonderful time! If you happen to pass by a traditional sweet shop (with mysore pak, etc) and you have your camera handy, please take a photo!

Lotus Reads said...

Thanks,Everyone! From what I hear things are getting back to normal in Mumbai, which is a good sign. I'm at the airport (London) at the moment waiting for our flight to Bombay (Mumbai). Talk to you all soon. And Susan, I'll be sure to take pictures of them making Mysore Pak and Jelabis! :)

Danielle said...

Have a wonderful time!!

hellomelissa said...

i keep checking your blog, hoping for some strange miracle and a new post!

i miss you already!

Lulu said...

hi lotus,
didn't realise you were going to london and bangalore! i just got back from bombay and bangalore. look forward to your next post.
ps - how was the indonesian restaurant?

Lotus Reads said...

Thanks, Danielle!

Hi, Melissa...what a sweet thing to say to say...thank you so very much...I miss you,too!

Hi, Lulu!

Sadly, I didn't get to try the Indonesian restaurant in London on my way to India, but will definitely make the effort on my way back. We had a pub lunch instead - a nice meal of Fish and Chips for the girls and Irish Stew for me.

How was Bangalore? Will have to check your blog for the list of restaurants you tried. I wonder if you visited the Sahib,Sultan,Sindh restaurant? I will have to do a post on that soon!