British Astronomer James Cook had set sail in the Pacific to observe a rare event that occurred every 253 years: the planet Venus appeared as a black disk against the Sun. As per instructions, once on board, he opened an envelope from the King George III. In the letter, the King had commissioned Cook to explore the fabled island in the south: Australia - one they weren’t even sure existed. This wall features the routes that Cook forged between 1776 and 1779 during the three voyages he set out on. The yellow line shows the course of his first journey, when he embarked on the island • March, 2018 •
This place, at that time, must have at people from at least 50 different countries, may be more. Such a confluence of cultures is possible only when you have global events. And FIFA world cup, for obvious reasons, tops the list.
And I must give credit to the Russians for organizing it in style. This picture is of the famous Nikolskaya street where locals and visitors gathered to cheer for their favorite countries. Trust me, I have never seen anything like this before. This very view when I entered the street gave me goosebumps.
When you reach Naples, you realize that not all of Italy looks like a dreamscape. You take your time to absorb the crowd, the color, the noise and even the weird fishy smell. But once you absorb it all, you're in for a treat. Because it might not be picturesque like Florence or grand like Rome, but Naples draws you in with its quaint charms and its pretty (and not so pretty) imperfections. The streets look almost like the serpentine lanes of Chandni Chowk (a little cleaner version). The shops selling strange curios, clay dolls, some red chilly like lucky charms, and row after row of nativity scenes (I just googled to find Naples is famous for its nativity scenes.). Our room has this cute little balcony from where we can see tourists and hawkers selling everything from fake Michael Kors bags to old books to Christmas baubles. Some stimulation to the five senses, this weirdly wonderful city. Come here only if you have the spirit of a traveler because I feel it is not meant for the tourist at all. 😊
Attached are pictures of the view from our balcony, the place where we're staying, our cute balcony, and the streets of Naples.
How does this picture make you feel? It is from one of the oldest libraries in the world, at the University of Bologna. I checked off another item on my bucket list that day. I was sliding across the hall on the library-ladders that went straight upto the ceiling. Even though I’m not sure if I was allowed to do it, I’ve to say that the feeling was amazin’! • March, 2018 •