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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 [email protected]

February, 2010

  • 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 …

  • 15 February

    Roaming Madrid at night with Tio Pepe and friends

    The Puerta is located in the very heart of Madrid. Immediately to the southwest lies the Plaza Mayor; the Palacio Real, the official home of the Royal Family, is further west. Parliament and the museum district are to the east and the train station Atocha is to the southeast. In the middle of the square is a large equestrian statue …

  • 15 February

    What to do in Madrid … tapas at Mercado de San Miguel … don’t ask, just go!

    After a long night of walking in the cold, I think I found my first favorite experience in Madrid. Going for tapas at Mercado de San Miguel.  After walking through Plaza de Sol, Tisha and I headed straight to the Mercado de San Miguel and it is basically an experience right out of a movie, almost practically ‘food porn’. Set in an …

  • 15 February

    Getting from Madrid to Toledo by bus

    When you live anywhere for a long time, mundane events like route and terminal changes are inconsequential to your life, simply because we have our set patterns and routines. We have our timings down to the minute and we rely on those constants to maintain order in our lives. Traveling to a completely new place upsets that order and brings …

  • 14 February

    Tapas, Raciones y Clara con limon … with Spanish faux-pas included

    I love Shandy Carib, it is one of things in Trinidad that stuck with me and as a Trini, a mixture of beer and juice or soda is a “Shandy” to me, in fact Sorrel Shandy is one of the greatest things invented by man. In Madrid, one of the things to do is going for Tapas. Tapas are the …