Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at rishi@rishiray.com

February, 2010

  • 20 February

    Catalan Terrorist Pigeons in Placa Catalunya

    For some reason, every iconic picture of Europe I saw in travel brochures involved some low angle shot of a pigeon in a square or plaza with the background of some European travel sight. Why re-invent, when you can copy the same shots? One really good reason … these pictures don’t tell you about the inherent dangers of Plaza/Square/Placa/Zocalo pigeon …

  • 20 February

    Andorra … might as well be Pandora

    I had all these plans for Andorra. I would get to the airport and take the 3 1/2 – 4 hour bus ride from Barcelona through the Pyrenees into the winterland that is Andorra. Once I got there, I would roam around for 3 hours, take a couple pictures and be back in Barcelona and then head out to Seville. …

  • 20 February

    Touring Nou Camp…

    After having a great experience in touring Santiago Bernabeu, it would be a disservice if I didn’t tour Camp Nou, if just for a comparison and to say which tour and stadium is better. Initially after reading some bad reviews on the experience, I was quite hesitant to make the trip to the stadium since it is a trek away …

  • 19 February

    Why are the best things in life, always the simplest?

    After a hard day of climbing mountains, running and hiking all over Barcelona, trying not to die of rain induced hypothermia and going all day without food, because I am terrified of the “manteca”, “queso” and “leche” that might be in my food, I get to Park Güell and there is music, people, dancing and bubbles?!?! I could write about …

  • 18 February

    Daytripping to Montserrat

    For all the bad weather that I endured in Madrid earlier on, today’s weather at the top of Montserrat almost made up. The lighting and clarity was optimal for some great pictures. One of the highlights from the Monastery is the spectacular vista, especially since everything around Montserrat is so flat. One of the highlights of any visit to Montserrat …

  • 18 February

    Getting from Barcelona to Montserrat … make the right choice!

    I thought that getting from Barcelona to Montserrat for yet another day trip, that the whole thing would be a straight forward affair, but alas I am in Spain and I speak little Spanish, so nothing is every straightforward. Getting from Pep Ventura to Plaza Espana was easy enough but then trying to find the right train that takes you …

  • 17 February

    I forgot how much I hated La Sagrada Familia …

    Art is relative. Great art is relatively great. I don’t care how many people love the Sagrada Familia, I will always think that it is a piece of “artistic dogshit”. Not only is this monstrosity being funded by the Spanish government, ticket fees from people coming to gawk, UNESCO and probably the spawn of Satan, but the fact that Gaudi’s …

  • 17 February

    Is a Spain/Portugal rail pass worth it for Canadians?

    See update 16th March 2010 at the end…. This is a question, I get a lot on forums or even from friends who are thinking about Europe, so I thought I would answer it. This is the 5th time that I am using a Eurail pass. My present pass is a first class (preferente) Spain/Portugal pass that costs $589CDN but …

  • 16 February

    Lunch at Cafe Bernabéu … too bad Cristiano wasn’t there … the Dutch asked me to kick him

    The weather in Madrid this week has not been kind to me this week from a picture taking standpoint. It’s definitely tested the flexibility of my jacket, and the waterproofing of my gadget bag.  However doing lunch at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu was definitely a highlight of this week. The view from the upper floor while the girls and I did …

  • 16 February

    Why bother with travelling?

    We all have reasons for traveling. I’m always questioning the rationale of why I travel. Personally, it is for one or a combination of a multitude of reasons, which include I’m a lost soul, trying to figure out why I like many things and have many interests but yet I have no one overwhelming, overarching, singular passion I like to …