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ST. MOUNTHOOD.......OREGON

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Mult-nomah falls








VIEW AS SEEN FROM THE TRAIN









FRUIT ORCHARDS





COLUMBIA RIVER AS SEEN FROM OUT HOTEL ROOM





SOME TROURIST DRIVING LAZILY IN A VINTAGE CAR
















last one was a long weekend here, so we planned to go to ST. Mounthood. On the way we have many falls, trails and vista points. One point was closed to vehicles and when we enquired it was a 7km distance up and down:(..I could never dare to go, but I saw that all others were going even the ones who had children.
We started arfound 9 in the morning by car and by lunch time we reached Troutdale and had our lunch at an Indian restaurant NAMASTEY...it was buffet with good varieties,but the preparations were just OK, anyway atleast I could fill myself well:)
Among all the falls the best was MULTNOMA FALLS.....and it was quite crowded also and there were so many Indians....one pattern I find very amusing and heartening both is...most of the visitors included.one young couple with an old couple(obviously parents)..sometimes they were quite old,…

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

I am in Seattle now:). While reading blogs and meeting people, I have seen that most of the people like discussing India:)..their main punching bag.....like there is so much of corruption...no good infrastructure,............. no systems working.......and then they put all the blame squarely on the shoulders of politician, But I think that at least politicians are doing something , what we are doing?... Does anyone bother to aske oneself..what they have done for the country?

Given the first opportunity.all the young people fly abroad and live there, why dont then they think of staying in their country and changing the things?

But then they want to live a comfortable life and duties are all for politicians to do something.

But then why not come into politics?

No..its too dirty to enter......

Isnt it a sad situation for the country, where students who study in the premium education institutes, at the fraction of a cost(sometimes subsidised by govt.) they would have to spend abroad if th…

Really a class analogy.. An Old Story

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold. Indian Version: The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in f…

MOTHER'S DAY IN ZURICH..SWITZERLAND

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VIEW OF ZURICH FROM THE TOP OF
GROSSMINISTER CHURCH
CAKE FRIENDS.....six type of cakes served with 5 dips and fresh fruits

VIEW OF ZURICH


RESTAURANT--PAPA JOES



VEG FAJITA......with6 dips and wraps A make it yourself type










Mother's day....I am so late in this, actually I was thinking of writing about my mother for a long time and then I thought wil do so on mother's day, again I was delayed. Though I dont believe in pampering mother's for one day and then forgetting, I prefer to be on good behaviour whole year, rather than going overboard one day only and then just be urself....I believe in looking after in day to day life sincerely which my brother does so beautifully.


Now about my mom:), I wouldnt praise her sky high, just state the facts. She has always l…

Trip to Mt. Pilatus - Luzern..SWITZERLAND

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PICTURES OF LUZERN AND MT. PILATUS, SWITZERLAND


Lake Luzern

The beautiful, fascinating buildings of old town in Luzern

The lake side cafetarias next to the wooden chapel bridge are always buzzing with people...


Stunning views from Mt. Pilatus



The steepest Cogwheel train in the world, which took us down Mt. Pilatus....Was an experience in itself




People paragliding on Pilatus...Was good fun to see them take off and fly over your head





Mt. Pilatus














The trekking steps up there would take one to the highest peak of Mt. Pilatus and is definitely worth the efforts as the views are mindblowing.

The stunning views from Pilatus.
This was one of the best views that we could stare for hours, as it looked like heaven.....It looked like small beautiful islands in the midst of the clouds



Another stunning view...


Midway to Pilatus....


The fun and adventurous Siel Park/Rope park, where there were activities lined up for everyone...


People trying to cross the rope....



The childern's playground, made c…

SHAURYA

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http://www.123musiq.com/Shaurya.htm Yesterday we saw Shaurya....a very different movie:), I know all of you must be thinking that all the time I say it is different:), but what to do:) I like only different movies:). Storyline is this....Two inseparable friends..Akash kapoor (javed Jafferey) and Siddhant Chaudhary( Rahul Bose), AK gets a posting in Srinagar as a prosecutor in the case of Captain Javed(Deepak Dobriyal), and Sid then insists upon him to get him one also, and so he gets the posting for defence lawyer. Sid is not serious in anything and even doesnt want to be in Army, he is just supposed to plead guilty for his client and get it over with. But once there slowly slowly the case unfurls and Sid comes alive and interested due to the complete silence of accused, a very spunky journalist..Kavya shastri( minisha lamba) and then due to the righteousness of the mother of accused. And then he puts all he has to solve the mystery.and the secret behind all this stuns everybody. B…

SALZBURG..SOUND OF MUSIC..VIENNA

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A local Marathon in Salzburg
Next day we had a complimentary breakfast at the hotel and it was really supmtuous..with so many varieties of cereal, fruits with dips, croissant, crepes, juices etc etc and the best part was that all that variety was delicious also. So after filling the fuel, we started for salzburg by train----its a 2 and a half hour journey and the route is very scenic.
At the railway station we found Burger king and had Veggi burger..just like we have in India..very delicious, dont know why they dont make it in US
Here either we could take a Sound of music tour or see the rest of the city, we chose the second option, again took an hop on..tour, first to get a feel of the city and saw then Helbrunn palace, there they have a special trick magic fountain show, but alas we couldnt enjoy it, as there were very few english speaking people so the guide spoke only german.
Then we roamed through the old town...its a pleasure to walk on cobbled roads, without any vehicle and se…

VIENNA--CITY OF MUSIC

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AUSTRIA TRIP PICTURES

DAY 1 - VIENNA PICTURES

The Hop on - Hop off bus, that took us on the city tour of Vienna



The Mozart and Strauss Concert



The main Opera Singers- The Female was mindblowing !




The Orchestra that performed beautiful Mozart and Strauss compositions



Such Magnificent Statues are a common site in the historically rich city, Vienna




The Huge and Beautiful National Library in Vienna




The popular Giant Ferris wheel which gives a panoramic view of the entire city of Vienna.




The Secession Building, Vienna






The famous Danube River





The Fine arts museum or Kunsthistorisches Museum as they call it




The…