Finally we reached to our destination for which we planned with great excitement and enthusiasm a good six months in advance. There were moments of anxiety and desperation when we were still to get our ‘Schengen Visa’ and departure date was arriving in ten days.Refusal of Visa could have spoiled the most romantic and lovely phase of our wedding ceremony.Though I had a back-up plan of Visiting to Moscow and St Peters-berg in Russia , but Europe was our priority.Luckily and finally we got our Visa.
I would check my Visa-Status at least fifty times a day.That was crazy.And when I received the message from VFS Global(Visa outsourcing Company) that our passports have been received , I was even more nervous as they didn’t tell me if my Visa was granted or refused.When I reached VFS Ofiice in Nehru Place , Delhi and collected my Passport , which was in a closed envelop , I decided not to check it until I reached home.After reaching home I opened the envelop and started flipping the pages of Passport , I couldn’t find the Visa-Page of ‘Schengen’ but only previously stamped Visas of other countries toured by me in the past.I was shattered and hopeless.And then when I was just thinking of throwing my passport in the shelf , I felt a thick page.Wow , I turned and it was licence to my dream ..Europa ! I was euphoric and instantly called my wife who was in fact more nervous than me… I could hear her scream on the phone.. 🙂
Now I am coming to where we had reached in last post , that is , Rome. After reaching our hotel ‘Christoforo Colombo’, we went straight to the check-in counter and it was smooth.But nobody bothered to escort us to the room.They just gave us keys and showed us the direction of room.And it was a “Four-Star’ Hotel.In India , even in two-three star hotels , we get our luggage transported by the staff. Welcome to Europe ! 🙂
It was around 9:30 pm local time and we could have missed our dinner if we didn’t take our shower fast after such a long and tiring journey. After taking shower we went out to find something to eat.There was this big mall “Euroma-2” adjacent to hotel.It was about to close so we hurried a little and inquired about any eateries there.My wife asked a gentleman in the parking if we can get any Indian restaurant here.He gave some Idea but it was too late and staff was collecting trolleys from the parking space and were shutting down the whole place.So it was almost sure that we had to depend on what our Hotel-restaurant had to offer for just 15 Euro per person.And options were very limited.
I don’t remember exactly but it was something like a combination of Spaghetti with bacon , Tomato and ‘patate fritte'(french fries) with water.Bacon was out of question as I am a vegetarian(I eat egg , though).My wife eats non-veg but not the raw-type which was available there.So we had to adjust with spaghetti with tomato and french fries.When I drank water I felt something is wrong.I examined the wrapper and found out a word something like ‘gassed’ though it was written in Italian but I somehow found out that It was actaully not water but carbonated water which is also called ‘Sparkling Water’ or ‘Soda water’ in US and Britain respectively.We got it exchanged with still water.Already having enough excitement in the days , we just wanted to lie on our bed and sleep … so “Sweet Dreams” , we said to each other. 🙂