We finally made the trip to Shirdi after postponing it so many times. I had never travelled with so many people before, that too in a train, so it was a new experience for me – coordinating the ticket reservations, cab bookings, cooking and packing and hotel bookings. 19 people vacationing together is bound to have its moments of happiness and problems. I was happy we made a bit more than the money we invested in Tambola. After having loss in two games in a row, I was not in a mood to play again. But then I found your excuse hilarious. “Sit on the lower berth, it was lucky for him, he won 500, it should be lucky for you too.” Just to prove you wrong, I played again, and to my surprise, I won enough money to recover our losses. Must say, that seat was lucky 😀
In the middle of a planned vacation, the impromptu short trips to other tourist places proves to be more exciting. In less than an hour, all of us were ready to travel to almost 100km by bus. Thanks to your cousin, we got a good rate, else am sure someone would have swindled us. The Ellora caves were so mesmerizing, I wish it was our primary reason for our vacation. Certainly 2 hours is not enough. Hope we wish to visit them again later. And if we do visit Ellora, we should also plan for Mahabaleshwar, I have heard enough about the varieties of berries it has to offer.
I think we are not cut out for a peaceful journey every time we step out of for a vacation. The arduous journey of reaching some remote junction to catch our connecting train back, the lack of time to even rest for a while in the middle and the insane amount of running due to wrong platform announcement at the railway station made me swear that we are not stepping out again before we have each and every ticket of the travelling party confirmed. This is what happens if we follow the belief that the tickets will get confirmed at the last-minute.
We did not get the expected amount of rains here and that depressed you because we had installed the rain water harvesting system in the anticipation that we would get to use clean, natural water. From the day we had the installation set up, we had the tank filled up to a maximum of 5 times only. Hope we have rains in abundance the next monsoon.
Just when we were recovering from a tiring journey came the news about your uncle’s deteriorating health. Again the madness started. Of running to and fro. The last 3 days of August were very, very hard and trying. From the day he was admitted till the day he breathed his last in the first week of September, we made four 350km round trips. Both of us used to get so exhausted and drained out.
This month was rough as well as soft. Certainly like an avocado.