On week days, S and I get very less time to relax and talk to one another. Our day starts very early. We cook food, do other household chores, get ready and rush to office. During office hours, we exchange only a few messages. We reach home late in the evening, finish off remaining household chores, cook food and sleep off at once.
Times are getting hectic, but we still try our best to grab a few moments with each other –
1. Moments we spend in kitchen – S and I do all the kitchen work together, washing utensils, cooking food, etc. We make it a point to be there together so that we get to spend a few moments with each other.
2.Moments while driving to office – Sometimes, I go to office with S by car. I love those drives. While S drives, I enjoy looking at the beautiful greenery in the surrounding and I talk endlessly. Also, I read the newspaper and we discuss a lot about good and bad things going on in our city, country, and in world.
3.Moments we spend during short tea breaks in office – In office hours, I hardly get time to take tea breaks. Despite that, I do make a point to take one short tea break, when I have juice and talk to S over the phone. I love those little conversations that we exchange. If I miss talking to him even a single day I feel so bad 😦 Talking to S is like an instant energy dose and I know he also eagerly waits for my phone call 😀
These little moments that we spend with each other are so essential for us, to keep us going and being happy even during those hectic week days 🙂
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The next two days we relaxed at the resort. We got up early in the morning. We had coffee sitting beside the swimming pool of the resort listening to the songs of the birds. S and I had lovely conversations while having coffee. We spent the evenings at the beach. The rest of the time, we either spent playing games at the resort, or just relaxing and watching television in the room.
We were not able to go for sight-seeing as there was a cab and auto strike. Traveling in a new place without public\private modes of transport is really difficult. The resort could also not arrange private vehicles for tourists as private vehicles were also being attacked by the mob. Anyways, we took it as an opportunity to relax at the resort. Also, the Baga beach was situated very close to the resort. We walked down to the beach in the evenings, spent some time there watching the waves going up and down, feeling the cool breeze blowing towards us and talked endlessly. It felt so much like meditation. I so much wish we could make everyday of our lives as lovely as those 🙂
A day before our return, we went to the Spa and got a foot massage. This was the first time S and I visited a Spa. The massage was really effective. My feet felt extremely light and flexible after the massage. In the afternoon, S tried a lot contacting cab-services/auto-services to book a vehicle for traveling to the airport the next day. But, none of them was sure whether they could provide a vehicle since the strike was still on. We were quite disappointed as the resort people also refused to help much.The only option left was to take an over-crowded public bus, change two buses on the way. Accommodating in a crowded bus with so much of luggage and covering a long distance seemed quite difficult, but we could find no alternative then.
Later in the evening, we thought of trying our luck once again by talking to the resort reception guys. And guess what, there was another couple returning to Bangalore by the same flight the next day and they were trying to convince the resort people to provide help. Thankfully, that guy arranged for a tempo-traveler for us. He said he would try to find out some more people who could join us and share the fare. We were so glad that some arrangement was done by the end of the day and we didn’t have to travel by bus. We didn’t wish to miss our flight to Bangalore at any cost 🙂
The next day, we got up early, had breakfast and left from the resort towards the airport. We boarded the flight and reached Bangalore early in the evening. Our nice trip had come to an end, but the memories would last forever 🙂
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We reached the hotel at night. S had booked a room in advance after checking out the reviews on a travel site. The hotel was rated a 3-star and the reviews were good, hence our expectations were high too. Unfortunately, the hotel was nothing like it was described in the reviews on the travel site. There was a foul smell coming from the reception area and it was difficult waiting there until the room was ready. S and I were worried about how the room would be. But, we proceeded as it was already too late to look for another place for stay. Also, we were too tired and needed some rest. The room looked neat, but there was water leaking from the refrigerator. The entire place smelled bad and it seemed so difficult to stay there. We asked them to change the room, but they had no options. They said they could do that only in the morning. Since there was no alternative, we decided to wait till morning. We asked them to clean up the place and switch off the refrigerator which malfunctioned. Later, we had dinner and slept off.
In the morning, on my birthday, the staff showed us another room, but in vain. The walls in the room were broken and the room was so poorly maintained. We couldn’t afford waiting there anymore. We had breakfast and S looked for other hotel options. He was really disappointed as the place didn’t turn out to be as we expected. Also, more so, because it was my birthday and he didn’t want me to go through all that on my birthday. Fortunately, he found another option at the Keys’ resort. We checked out from that place soon and managed to get half off the charges waived-off after complaining to the General Manager.
We reached the Keys’ resort after a while. And believe me, it was such a relief! The resort looked neat, pleasant and well-maintained. The rooms were neat too. After all that drama in the previous hotel, we were so glad that we landed at a good place. We got fresh and relaxed for sometime. Later in the evening, we went to the Baga beach. A few hours spent there were so relaxing and blissful. A cool breeze constantly blew towards us while we relaxed in a restaurant facing the sea. After sunset, we returned back to the resort.
At night, we had a candle-light dinner near the swimming pool of the resort. Some musicians played musical instruments and sang melodious songs making the entire experience worth-remembering. S was so glad that his struggle to make my birthday experience good had not gone in vain. And, for me, it was truly a perfect birthday! 🙂 🙂