Get, Set…

The gifts are ready, rental car booked, camera ready…all set for my weekend trip to visit my nieces and nephew in Chennai. My siblings are coming to take part in their friend’s wedding reception there. So I might miss out on my weekend posts starting with the Friday photography challenge, SoCS and Song lyric Sunday. But will come back on Monday and check them out.

It’s been a while since I have been to Chennai. There was a time when I used to do quick trips from Hyderabad to Chennai for interviews. After that time, the only other stop I made was as a layover on my way to other places like Singapore/Pondicherry. Looks like there might be some rain there, which I wouldn’t mind given that it is 28 degrees C and kind of hot in Bangalore for a winter. Hopefully there will be time for us to enjoy the beaches there in between the rains. And I am also looking forward to surprise my nieces since they don’t know that I will be there too. And I know that my mom would get me her Diwali sweets supply. Yum, yum 🙂

Catch you all later .  Stay safe &  Happy Blogging ☺ 

 

6.66

Come May and I will be again on my 2-week long vacation to an International location. I think I have made it my ritual to do that 2-week vacation during the first week of May every year. This is my 4th year. And I hope to continue it as long as I can. As part of the lunch table conversations, the plans for summer vacation came up and the folks asked me where I was going (not, ‘if’ I was going, but ‘where’. They have come to know me well by now). And then one of them turned to me and asked how many countries have I visited. Do I have a list or a map plotting them. It got me thinking. For me, it is about the places/cities I visit that matters, not the countries. But as far as statistics goes, it is as good a place to start with, to plot the countries I have been and see how much of the world I have been to. Found this site on the Internet and selected the countries I have been and voila! I have got my map ready 😉

I still have lots of places to cover don’t I ? A mere 6.66% (wicked number isn’t?)…have to remedy that. I guess with this year’s place added, it might change, but I refuse to add it until I have done the travel.

But then I have my own set of plans with respect to places. Let me see if I manage to complete that at least.

visited 15 states (6.66%)
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Islands I never knew – Thanks to Stats

One of the interesting things of checking out the ‘Stat’s page of WordPress, apart from the views, visitors and the count is the ‘Countries’. My eyes always go there first to check if there is a country which is unknown to me. I know that when people use proxy’s (like me, when I am at work) it would always show a different country from the one they are actually browsing. So there is no definite way to figure out anything based on the country data. It is still a piece of information. Once in a while I get to see a few new countries which haven’t been in the list till then. Out of the lot, so far, there have been two countries which I did not even know existed.  Not that I knew about the rest in depth. But at least I had heard their names somewhere sometime, so they weren’t alien to me.

a) Guernsey: A wee island in the English Channel and not part of the European Union.

b) Réunion: A French island in the Indian Ocean and part of the European Union.

For the visitors and viewers from these two islands, I am glad that you made the visit in turn letting me learn about your country. Are there any countries in your ‘Stats’ that you found interesting or you didn’t know they existed ?