On My Way To La Serenissima!!

This is coming to you from Chennai airport where I await the boarding call for my first ever solo trip.

The ‘solo’ bit seems to have thrown a few people off kilter, including the Italian consulate, that demanded a letter from my husband stating he had no objection to my traveling alone!!! While he couldn’t wipe the grin off his face, I came close to telling them to chuck their visas in less polite lingo. My urge to wander proved stronger than my injured pride though. I was convinced the visa processing officer must have been an MCP Indian male, until my sister – who travels solo quite often – informed me that it was pretty common practice with most countries she had applied to! In this day and age???

The five days since our return from Kabini passed in such a blur, I just couldn’t find time to sort out and process my photos for the Bhuta Kola story as promised. Sincere apologies. Shall do it first thing after my return on the 6th. Until then, here is a teaser:

Kola

Have a great week ahead……….I know I will 🙂

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

115 thoughts on “On My Way To La Serenissima!!

  1. I happens to husbands too at times. lol. I remember being refused a US student visa back in 1970 because I was an Australian living in India married to a Hungarian so they had no guarantee that I wouldn’t stay there. I was really POD over that as it was with financial guarantees too. So when my headquarters wanted me to go to the US in 1980 I refused as my pride was hurt too so they had to do serious arm twisting and get me a guarantee from the US embassy in advance before I would agree to go. But I’ve made many trips there since and found the people there to be more friendly than my first impressions back in 1970.

    1. I suppose they are entitled to their suspicions, but I still don’t see why they can’t look at precedents before granting visas, instead of following standard procedure!

  2. Nobody never asked me for that in my whole life!
    But I remember my second travel to the States…A big pólice stopped me on the border, checked my passaport and asked me how much money I had with me…I said: “Money?Nothing, I am travelling with my Visa and my husband, that man over there..” He opened and closed his mouth and let me pass…:) 🙂
    Have a wonderful time! Venice is wonderful!!!

    1. You didn’t!!! Served him right! 😀 We need to show enough bank balances before the US will even consider giving us visas!
      Venice was indeed wonderful Ilargia.

  3. We still have work to do for equality… it’s amazing in 2014! I love traveling alone and have done so all over the world. It is the height of independence and freedom and self-reliance. Follow your intuition, be alert, and have FUN! You’ll meet so many more people than if you were with someone else. It’s an amazing opportunity to really get to know a culture.

    1. Oh yes we do. And these incidents drive the point home hard. Traveling alone was indeed a fantastic experience. Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts.

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