It is definitely difficult to recap over 18 months of my life in a few words, so I think I would simply put down the key features (sounds so terribly official, but can't help it!):
- Work: going fine, changed my job within the company I am working in. Changed my departments, and twice!
- Places and countries: Visited Austria, France, Luxembourg, Italy (twice), India (twice - North and South), Croatia, Montenegro (incredible and gorgeous, btw!), Switzerland, the USA (Seattle, NY, and the Niagara Falls), Luxembourg, the Czech Republic (Prague) and umpteen other beautiful places also deserving mention (if it wasn't for the time... ). BTW, photos!
- My stand on pollution: still guilty. BTW, I managed to bring down the average consumption of my car to under 6.5 l / 100 km i.e. increased efficiency to over 15 kmpl by some smart driving. It's no mean achievement, given that I have managed to do this reduction over the entire 140,000 kms I have on it!
- A personal milestone: turned a major-decade few weeks back! I had some of my most cherished friends who came from far and wide. Thank you, guys and gals! Hope you had a great time too! The menu was long, and if I put it down here, you'd drool into your keyboard. So, let me save that for another time. :D Oh yes, also served were Prosecco, two different white wines and three different reds.
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