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

  • 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 …

  • 13 February

    Crazy basilica police and cold fingers

    Standing outside the side facade at El Escorial, looking at another work of the church, one cannot help but wonder what the world of architecture would have been without the church and its money. El Escorial was, at once, a monastery and a Spanish royal palace. Originally a property of the Hieronymite monks, it is now an monastery of the Order …

  • 13 February

    Can Cochinillo Asado come with a smile?

    Trinidadians are a very particular people when it comes to their meat and the preparation of meat in dishes. I prefer meat that is well seasoned with herbs and spices, and after this afternoon’s lunch of cochinilo asado, I know that meat only seasoned with salt and smoke, just isn’t for me. Cochinillo Asado is roasted baby pig. Its fatty outside …

  • 12 February

    You CAN go up the Matterhorn with only a vest and no sleeves …

    provided that the following conditions are met : One has ample insulation to buffer cold temperatures One doesn’t mind answering questions about the cold One had large arms to dissuade people from asking questions about the cold It is a sunny day with no wind on top of the Matterhorn Walking through Zermatt is an experience and a cliche all in one. Seeing the …

  • 10 February

    Las Cuevas Bay

    If Maracas Bay is the poster child for Trinidad’s beaches with its imported sand, “Bake and Shark” stalls and decent bathroom facilities, then Las Cuevas Bay must be her ugly sister. One has to drive about 10-15 minutes further down the North Coast road. It is easy driving with no forks in the road till the beach. This is another …

  • 9 February

    10 day Spanish Travel Itinerary

    For those who like trip itineraries and making things shorter, my first draft of the Spanish Inquisition. Also here is the google map for this trip. For those who know better, please comment on this first draft via comments and let me know if this is a realistic first draft. Day 1 – Saturday 13th February 2010 – Madrid The …