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#FoodPorn | Food Contribution : Round Up

A few weeks ago, I asked  a favour. To share food recipes for travellers, that are easy and economical to cook. Thank you all who have shared their easy cook recipes.

And yes, I tried a few. So here I am going to share some of those experiments.

La sua Principessa  suggested to Make French Toast.

“Off the top of my head, French toast should be easy to make. All you need is bread, milk, eggs, sugar and if available, some cinnamon powder & vanilla extract. Mix milk, an egg & sugar together, enough to dip and soak in a few slices of bread. And shallow fry until slightly brown on both sides. Tada!”

And Tadaa.. here it goes. The Indian Toast 😉

The so called French Toast
The so called French Toast

 


un plan infinito Suggest Spanish Omelette

“Spanish omelette is the best solution! I will send you my recipe 😉 But I have some doubts about your skills”

Now check out my skills 😛

Spanish Omelette
Spanish Omelette

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A Quick Question : Why Don’t You Travel?

I assure you, it wont take too much time.

I have a quick question. Just spend a couple of minutes to reply. I want to find out what is the biggest reason why people are not travelling as much as they want?

In reality everyone likes to travel. But some reasons are holding them back. What is your reason?

Is it Money?

Is it lack of time?

Is it mere laziness?

Is it responsibilities of life?

Or is it some other reasons?

It wont take too much time. I am assuring again. Please leave a reply. I will summarise the responses in the next week.

Attention Foodies : Contribution Invited

If you have been following me for some time, you must be knowing how “cheap” I am 😉 I travel in the cheapest way possible. But there are certain costs that can’t be controlled much. The cost of food and water are some of them. One cannot eat really cheap, unhealthy food while travelling.  As I am NOT a big time foodie I am able to control that cost somehow by eating cheaper food to survive.

But at times you get opportunity to reduce this cost further by cooking by yourself and not eating out from a restaurant.

My experiment with Food

Recently it so happened that I got a chance to stay with a friend of mine while travelling. There was all the facilities to cook. Then I didn’t know what to cook, how to cook and so on. But as I was on a tight budget I had to do something about the cooking part.

Then I found Oats in the fridge. Just oats!  Nothing else, no milk, nothing.

I boiled water and added oats. Then I found pickle jar in the fridge. Pickle, One of the best friends of bachelors who are still learning to cook. So I just added a bit of pickle in the already boiling oats and mixed it thoroughly. And my food was ready! No curry, no milk, no sugar, I didn’t need any of them.

Here is the picture to prove that I too can cook 😉

My Food experiment
My Food experiment

Hope you have enjoyed my pathetic cooking experiment. 😉

 What you can do to help me

Here is a chance for you to help me and other travellers during their travels. If you are a foodie, food blogger or simply someone who likes food, please do share simple recipes for travellers that they can make with minimum resources at an economical cost.

Here the oats will cost around  ₹40 for half kilo. It will be enough for a day probably. Very economical and healthy. So if you know such recipes ( better ones 😉 ) please do share. Do share the post and ask other bloggers who loves food,  if they can contribute an easy recipe. Help me compile a collection of easy recipe for the travellers on the go.  Hopefully I can try some of them during my next trip.

Thanks in advance 🙂

Travel & Technology : Tips & Tricks

Technology has changed the way we travel these days. Technology is so advanced that we don’t even have to leave our homes for seeing the world out there.  If you haven’t visited Taj Mahal, just click on this link and you can take a stroll around and inside Taj Mahal. No need to wait in the long queues and all. Now that is technology for you.

Well I am not going to tell about the armchair travels. You can very well do that with Google maps and Google street view for free. I am going to share with you, the few tips and tricks I used during my previous trekking. Probably you must be knowing these tips, but anyway I will share my experience.

My Trekking Essentials

Small Back pack which by default includes Camera, lenses and bottled water. And the next essential thing is my Android Phone.

If you have travelled in India, you must be knowing one needs to know a couple of languages for communicating with the locals. You cannot expect to communicate in Hindi or English when you are really deep inside some Southern Indian villages.

During such times, an android phone with a Google maps and Internet connection can be your best friend. So I always travel with my reliable friend Google maps. But then comes the big problem. Draining of Battery!

So here I am going to tell you how I saved my battery for 24 hours during a trekking.

How to Save your Battery charge While Trekking?

Mostly I use the maps for walking directions. For that I need to access Mobile data and GPS.

GPS & Mobile data
GPS & Mobile data

Both of them are notorious for their energy draining capabilities. And to make things worse, my phone is 2 year old.

So lets check the tips without wasting time.

Tip #1 : Try to load the Map before hand when you have wifi or when you are charging the phone. And save the map for offline use.

Tip #2 : If you want to use Online map, turn on the Mobile data and GPS and once the map is loaded, quickly turn off the mobile data.

Tip #3 :  When you are not checking the Navigation, turn off the screen.  Also keep the screen brightness to a minimum if possible.

Tip #4 : While travelling, when maps are no longer needed, keep the phone in Flight mode. If you want to switch off, its better.

There is another problem when we are using the Mobile data.

The Apps running in the Background!

Once you turn on the mobile data, all those apps running in the background would start to seek for it’s updates, new messages and so on. It consumes both your battery charge and mobile data. During a trekking trip such an energy loss is a big loss unless you have a powerpack with you.

Tip #5 : Turn off the Apps running  in the background.

How to turn off Apps running in the Background?

> Go to Settings

Settings Page
Settings Page

> You can check which App is consuming more battery power from “Battery”

> Go to “Application Manager”

> Select those Apps which always give you Notifications, once you turn on the Mobile Data/ WiFi

My Instagram
My Instagram

For eg. My instagram gives the notification while I turn on the internet. So I want to turn it off.

> Tap on the “Force Stop”

It gives a warning message. But don’t worry.  Nothing will go wrong.

Warning Message
Warning Message

> Click “OK”

Now you have successfully turned off the App from running in the background. Repeat the same steps with other Apps too.

When you want to Enable it again, just go to the App and use it as usual. The notifications will be enabled again.

Hope this will save your battery during your next trip.

Chennai Couch Surfing meet

This is the tale of How I Met Some More Interesting Random Strangers by Joining a Meet up out of Impulse.

If you have read the open letter to kind blogger, you must be knowing that I was at Chennai staying with a kind blogger.

The story goes like this. I was staying at this kind blogger friend’s house. I had the privilege to use all the facilities.

Being on the road for almost a month, I wanted to check what was happening in the online world. So I used the high-speed internet after a very long time. I had a lot to catch up, I hadn’t update the blog in a while, I needed to reply to some mails, I had to thank the couch surfers who happily offered their couches, I had to write them the feedback. I had so much things to do and I was all alone in that house. So I decided to use WiFi.

After I finished all the above mentioned tasks, there was still a lot of time left and I had nothing much to do. And unfortunately my camera charger stopped working.  It wouldn’t charge the battery. I was completely unaware of this problem, that I came to know about it  when the battery got completely drained. But the good thing was that the battery had enough charge to survive the entire trip and the problem occurred at the final leg of the journey.

As the camera wasn’t working, I didn’t have pretty much anything to do. So I thought of meeting some people. I checked the couch surfing site. Couldn’t find many travellers to meet in Chennai. But then there it was. A Chennai Couch surfing meet up was happening that very day! How lucky! I checked the venue and left a reply saying that I would be joining as well.

After having lunch and resting for some more time, I headed out. I had never attended a CS meet up at such a short notice. It is a bit risky. Risky in the sense,  I didn’t have any contact numbers, I didn’t know whom to contact or how to recognise them and I wasn’t even sure if the venue mentioned was confirmed or would they change it at that last moment.  Anyway I decided to go.

It was happening at some café near Besant nagar beach, Chennai. So I asked some guy i met on the road, how to reach that place. He helped me with the directions and bus number. After walking quite some time and asking so many others,  at last got into a bus that was heading towards this place. But after I got in the bus, I came to know that it wouldn’t go exactly to that place and I had to take another bus to reach my destination.

Then I switched on my loyal, reliable travel partner : Google Maps. It  rarely misguides me. But when it does, it turns out to be quite funny. Reaching a granite slab of  2 feet width while driving a car can be cited here as a testimony. Reaching road blocks are too common to mention, especially if there is any newly built fly over nearby.

Anyway Google maps showed me the nearest point where I could get down to reach the beach. When I checked the maps, it was almost half an hour by walking. So I decided to walk instead of taking a bus. So far from my experience, Google maps wont misguide you while walking, unless until one has given wrong input. They say in computer terms  GIGO : Good Input, Good Output.

After the half an hour walk, I did reach Besant Nagar beach and found out the café. The real trouble started just then. There were some people already sitting in the street side café, enjoying the breeze that was coming from the sea. Now my task is to find out the couch surfers among these people, whom I have never met, not even in photographs.

I checked the CS site to see if anyone had replied . No response. I walked in front of the café checking people, like a thief who was planning to break in a house! There were gangs of girls sitting there in the café and I looked like someone who is secretly checking them out and ogling at them 😉

I had no idea, how I was going to find this people. It was already the time mentioned on the site. I decided to walk around the beach side looking for some clues. What I found is police men and women roaming around the beach. I know that they have a special affection towards the “oglers” 😉 So I went back to the café for another round of search. My search criteria was to look for a bunch of people from different countries and different age groups having  different skin tones , different accent and so on.

I prayed to Google god and ran the search query. Voilà!! In one corner I found a group of men and women. 3 women, 2 men, Indian and Non Indians, age ranging from 20 to 70, that was the first investigation report I could come up with, for that group.

I was still having doubts. I looked at the group with a question on my face. Someone asked “Couch surfing??” I nodded and said ‘yes’. “Haloo. welcome” and within no time I was part of that group.

People joined one by one  till it became a group of around 20. We ordered coffee and snacks. And it was fun. The meet up was organized by 2 girls from Iran. They were travelling across India. When I talked to them, they told me that they were travelling from Goa. They told me about their CS host at Goa. I knew him, I stayed with him as well. Then she told me where they were going next. I knew that host too, surprisingly. So we came to the conclusion that the world is a small place! They were actually following a similar travel plan, which I did  some time ago.

Another interesting person was 70-year-old Barbara from USA who knew more about Delhi and India in general, than anyone present in  that group. She is an avid traveller, even at this age. She is an ambassador of Couch surfing.

Then there was a movie assistant director , some bankers, consultant, people who quit their jobs. It was an interesting group. We exchanged stories, numbers, contact details, shared the bill for tea and snacks and it was time to leave. Then this man, who had undergone an accident, who was advised to take bed rest and not to ride motorbike, offered me a lift. Now that is the kindness of couch surfers! He dropped me at my host’s house.

I had a great time that day. Thanks to all the wonderful people who believes in humanity. Thanks to all couch surfers out there. Maybe you can also be a couch surfer. Join now.