What’s in a Soup?

I am a big fan of soups. They have come to my rescue so many times when I have been in doubt about appetisers. Sometimes they have even substituted the main course itself.

Here are some great vegetarian soups that sustained me on my journeys.

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My First interaction with the Japanese Miso soup (Berlin)

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A hearty middle eastern lentils soup with some spice mix on top (Barcelona)

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Another intro to the Japanese Miso soup with some additional ingredients (Milan)

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South Indian Spicy Rasam that opened my sinuses! (Bratislava)

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Hearty Vietnamese Pho Soup (Milan)

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Lovely German Kurbis (pumpkin) Soup (Christmas Market in Baden-Baden)

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A giant bowl of Thai Tom Kha Soup (Budapest)

And after writing about all this, now I am getting the craving to get myself some soup. Let me go make some and start my weekend :-).

Submitting in response to the daily post’s photo challenge.

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Budapest in pictures

As I was getting down from the ferry relatively early on a Tuesday morning, hurriedly -for I had so little time left in the city, I  found this tree that looked like it was just waking up and stretching its arms after the night’s slumber. And that made me stop and take a look around me – to just soak in as much as possible the beauty of this enchanting city for the last time in this trip.

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The tree waking up and stretching

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Liberty Bridge in foreground and White Bridge behind

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Castle on the Hill

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The Parliament in the early morning

The story of the journey is coming next. Keep an eye on the blog to know more about this magnificent city and my experiences there.

Meanwhile, for some pictures on the interpretations of  “awakening”, you can look here.

The Eyes

As I was leisurely walking through the streets of the Castle region in Budapest, I became suddenly aware of a pair of eyes looking at me. I had seen similar eyes in the Saxony area a few months ago in Germany and was surprised to see them so far away in Budapest! See for yourself and smile – the eyes are watching you!

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The House with two eyes – Budapest

 

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The house with 3 eyes – Saxony

To see some more pictures to bring smiles to your faces, you can look here.

The artist in the skies

One evening when I was working in the kitchen, I saw a glimpse from my window of something enchanting in the skies. I immediately came out with the phone in hand and followed the skies till I reached near some fields. And there it was – one of the most magnificent sunsets I have seen and I didn’t even have to travel anywhere fancy for a vacation to see it..it was just there on an ordinary day making it special.

For more such pics of sunrises and sunsets, you can visit here.

Otherworldly

Sometimes when I see the temples in India, I get the feeling of seeing something that is not of this earth. Who are these Gods and Goddesses elaborately carved on the temples? Beings who look like humans but with multiple hands and multiple heads..Is it just the sculptor’s way of depicting something that is considered omnipotent and omniscient or was there some time when such other worldly beings really came and passed on some knowledge to the mankind? It all seems quite implausible and mind boggling if you start to think about it but then again, who can claim to know all the secrets of this universe?

For more such otherworldly images, look here.

In the Crowd but Different

There are times when you see someone who stands out from the crowd and then it feels great to have a camera!

While walking through some streets, I found this gem below. Although there was no crowd here, these “two” ladies would have stood out even in a sea of people!

And another time, one gets some pictures without working for it. Like this one in red jacket who kind of photo-bombed in my otherwise quite normal photo. I think at that time, I was a bit irritated as I’d been trying to take a picture of the palace with some difficulty as it had begun to rain. But later, I kept the picture for the contrast it provided. Reminded me of Matrix scene with the training video in which there is a woman in a red dress :).

For more such “standing out of the crowd” kind of pictures, take a look here.

Venice Reloaded

I had been to Venice a really long time ago. It is an interesting city but all I recall is that I was just too exhausted and the weather was too grey for my liking.

As fate would have it, I was there again recently and – believe it or not, with the same conditions – I was exhausted and the weather was again – GREY.

Somehow Venice doesn’t seem to even try to impress me :-).

I don’t know what can I say has changed in the city between my first trip and now. I saw the same canals, the same gondoliers, the same crowds, and the same pigeons…

The Lone Gondolier then

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The Lone Gondolier now

Coincidentally, this fits the theme of the photo-challenge.

But at least one thing was different – this time I saw the Carnival madness in town.

Anyway, the dressed up people graciously posed for photos.

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All Dressed Up

Alright, that’s a very well done scary makeup (and there was a whole zombie army of those)

It’s kudos to the management there that there was no stampede and nothing untoward seemed to occur. The crowd was so huge that it reminded me of some of the famous pilgrimage places in India! If you don’t know how it is, then consider yourself lucky. You are not missing anything.

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And the Crowd

I don’t know if Venice would call me again but if it does, then I do hope that it would be in better conditions. As they say, “third time is a charm”!

Through the window

Whenever I am in an airplane, I am fascinated by the scenes that I get to see through the window. I remember that one time I was travelling and I didn’t have a camera at hand (ya, pre-camera-phone era existed – believe it or not) and I saw the most wonderfully shaped hanging clouds – they were like sculptures lit by the orange glow of the sun and appeared to be made of cottony sandstone. I was very disappointed at not being able to capture that. Although the funny thing is that now I keep the camera or at least the smartphone (in flight mode) handy but then I’m asleep during most of the time in the flight :-).

But sometimes, I am awake and the gods of photography reward me for that. Sharing some of the images I captured through the windows on various flights.

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City under the wing but hey, what’s that yellow thing?

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Mountains look interesting but is that the moon there?

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Is that a sphinx in the clouds?

For more images of or through the windows, you can this page.