Surviving America

Kindness on the road.

We meet many people on the road, both locals and travelers alike who help us in time of need or distress without expecting a return. Last week of every month I bring you stories from travelers who have experienced kindness on the road and like to share and spread it for the love of travel.
This month’s story has come from Md Arif Rahman of Indonesia who takes us to America.
Over to Arif Rahman.
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surviving america

When I told my friends

Good deed not dead!

By Vasu:-
What do you do when you are stranded in the middle of nowhere? Well not exactly nowhere, we knew where we were, but that did not help.
I was living in Plano for the last few weeks and it was normal for us guys from India to impose ourselves on the generosity of the friends already in the US especially when we had to be driven around and why not!

So here we are driving along at a brisk pace, there was some traffic but all moving fast. My colleague and I are discussing some aspects of the project we were working on. In due course our conversation is more animated that we almost miss hearing a splutter and another and another and ….. Ooops.

The car stops. Luckily we are not on freeways, tollways, parkways or any of those special American ways, which could have made the matter worse.. We look at each other and at the fuel indicator showing E. We burst out laughing and that was good because in another 60 minutes we have to be in an important meeting and it is not going to help being frustrated and in bad mood.

PLANO good deed not dead

We push the car to

Looking back at Year 2013

Another year has passed and it’s time to look back and take stock of my journeys, not only in terms of travel but the journeys which opened a new horizon in front of me and helped me see the world with diverse perceptions.
As I always say, I count my memories, not the places and I am happy that my travel memories are far more and better than the destinations.

marina bay sands Singapore

Marina Bay sands, Singapore

For this recap

Sometimes losing money is fun !

Sometimes losing money is fun !

Casino! This word generally conjures up images from Las Vegas. The glittering lights and world famous shows, not to mention the best gambling and gaming dens.

Gambling probably is as old as civilization itself. My Indian friends may remember the events that lead to the Kurukshetra War (as per Mahabharata).
I do believe that gambling and games are quite related. In fact any activity that has the tendency to have an uncertainty in their result is a potential candidate for gambling. These days we have people betting on results of any game or sport.

First time I entered a casino was in Nepal. Back then, rules were strange there. Locals were not allowed inside ! Anyway, we made some money and lost some, all in all we were in plus! It was enjoyable and we were amused to see a lot of people enjoying losing money. 😉

Second time it was even more enjoyable since I lost much money ! It was in

ABCD of Columbia!

What would you do if someone invited you to Columbia?
What? Columbia? Where is that?
Internet, long live.
Well, no one invited me yet, but I thought I should be prepared, if at all any one did. 🙂

Here is the summary of my findings.

Columbia is another name for the US of A…. and this is only the beginning. Though I guess you won’t find it in the maps, old or new. Its usage is more literary than political.

I ain’t (!) gonna get into a discussion why America is named after Amerigo Vespucci and not Chris,

Aloha Hawaii

Aloha Hawaii, the island I would like to visit sometime.
Polynesian islands always conjure up images of extreme tropics, flowers bands on the head, swirling hips, Pina-Colada and generally happy bunch of people. We are also reminded of active volcanoes that are scattered in most of the islands!
Polynesian islands or Polynesian triangle as it is often called include a vast number of islands on the Pacific Ocean, with the apex at Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Islands.

I would like to visit it one day.

Ariel view of islands.

Although I have been to New Zealand, I am told Hawaii is a lot different. Do you know

Rockefeller Center – New York

Rockefeller Center – New York

During one of my visits to New York, I visited Rockefeller Center. It is one of the attractions of New York city, an art deco marvel consisting of around 20 commercial buildings covering 11 acres in midtown Manhattan. Named after the multi-millionaire, John D. Rockefeller, who leased the space for a commercial district.

Statue of Atlas

The statue of Atlas holds an interesting story. It is said