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2017: In a nutshell!

Two Thousand Seventeen was one helluva year!

Although certain things I'd loved to have happened didn't, but a whole lot of surprises happened!

The year 2017 saw me flying out of India for the first time - a trip to the United States of America! Spending 40 days in the US, making the most of my first trip out of India! A visit to NY, and then to DC!

The year saw me taking 18 flights, covering almost 22K miles! There wasn't a lot of traveling in the year - except the visit to the US. I was lucky to even travel in buses in the US - a completely different experience in itself! I could even try an Amtrak journey in the US!

A whole lot of train journeys, even more bus journeys as well in the country!

Personally, the year was a mixed bag - some good things, some bad things in the life. All said, I still loved every bit of the year! I've been living my life to the fullest, and hope to continue doing that in the years to come!

Lets turn pages for a whole new year!

Wishing all m…

Mangalore to Bangalore on KSRTC Airavat Diamond Class

December 10, 2017:
As I completed the examination paperwork, I logged on to the KSRTC website and looked for the next available bus to Bengaluru, and zeroed in on the 1400 departure - this was an Airavat Diamond Class (Scania 13.7M), operating on the Mangalore-Bangalore-Tirupati route. I completed the examination work, and set out to the bus station. I requested the driver to drop me at New Taj Mahal Cafe, since I had to pickup some sweets and other snacks to take back to Bangalore.

I got to the bus station by about 1300hrs - the bus was yet to be brought from the depot. The bus was brought in by around 1330hrs - the crew did not take the bus to the platform until about 1340hrs. Meanwhile, I received an SMS confirming the bus number. Boarding commenced a while past 1345hrs - most of the seats were prereserved, while the crew managed to get passengers for the remaining seats.

The bus pulled out of the bus station at 1402hrs - with more or less all the seats occupied, except those with …

Bangalore to Mangalore on the new KSRTC Volvo B11R 13.8M

Exams are always a reason to travel. Being a travel freak, I love to use every opportunity I get to travel. The exam duty at Mangalore was seen as a badly needed opportunity to travel! I really wanted a break from work, and this was the chance. The exam was on a Sunday - getting a ticket to come back was a little difficult, but I had to take some chances here, since I wanted to return early. I booked my outbound in a KSRTC Airavat Club Class. I made a calculated guess, and booked the Bangalore-Manipal service hoping it would get a new Volvo B11R!

December 09, 2017:
I started from home around 2015hrs towards Yeshwantpur - I took a bus to Dasarahalli station, and then a Metro towards Yeshwantpur. I headed off to the nearby Hallimane restaurant for a sumptuous dinner. I ate slowly to reduce my waiting time at the pickup point, the nearby Govardhan Theatre. I still got there by 2145hrs - with more than 25 minutes to go for pick-up time. I had received a message from KSRTC already by then,…