sunshine: Deals. Where do I look for deals?
Friend: Kolkata to Frankfurt to Berlin? Or Dresden? Prague? Train from Frankfurt? Frankfurt to Seattle? Too many permutations and combinations.
Friend: Yes, finding out a good deal is a math game of permutation, combinations, and probability. We need to make a workable model.
Friend: Lufthansa. Check out the Lufthansa website.
sunshine:$2300? Too expensive. Naah, need to get something within $1000.
Bollywood crazy friend: Traveling alone? Akeli ladki khuli tijori ki tarah hoti hai (A young woman on her own is like an open safe).
sunshine: Two days. For two days I have been looking for a good deal now. I’ve been sleeping at 3 am every night. You think I will ever find one within my budget?
sunshine: Wasn’t the movie “Before Sunrise” shot in Vienna? And it’s sequel “Before Sunset” shot in Paris?
Ma: Germany? Why not make a trip to Gangtok?
sunshine in DDLJ style: Please baoji. Aap mujhe meri khushi ke liye meri zindagi se do haften nahi de sakte? (Father, are you mean enough not to let me take two weeks off my own life and enjoy?)
Friend: You should do Amsterdam. And Scandinavia. Italy is a must. Don’t forget Paris. Spain?
sunshine: What? Croatia is not a Schengen country? Bummer !!!
Ma: Ei je, go to sleep. It’s 3 am again. Don’t tell me you are trip planning.
sunshine: What???? You finally found a deal for less than $1000? Yipeeeee !!!
Nosy neighbor who joined us for shopping: Eh, Pantaloons dada, show us western dresses and tee shirts. Something short and nice to wear in Germany ($%%^%%&)
(I wonder if clothes are country specific. What show off !!)
Ma: What? You are leaving us 2 weeks before now? Are you heartless? Don’t you love your mother?
sunshine: Google maps. Google images. Google search engine. I eat, drink, sleep, and swear by them these days.
Friend: I have a feeling you will meet your husband while touring the streets of Europe.
sunshine: Need to read up European history and geography. By the way, where exactly is Prague located?
Friend: Lonely planet. Go for the lonely planet to guide you.
sunshine: Salzburg or Innsbruck? Salzburg or Innsbruck? Salzburg or Innsbruck? Confusion !!!!
Ma: Go to sleep !! It’s 3 am !!!!
It seems the long awaited 2 week Europe trip is finally happening. And frankly, it’s giving me sleepless nights out of sheer excitement !!!