Oopsie Daisy as my little nephew says, time to put forth some exaggerated fallacies about this and that, here and there. But let’s keep it simple, shall we and let’s not lie. But you promise you won’t expect huge things from this “about us”.
We are couple that loves to travel. That’s it. Really.
The long version is we set sail on 28th November 2012 (and that is a very important day for the one among the two of us) from our rented house in London to travel the world for an year. We have been out and about for an year now and nowhere close to even halfway through. But our rucksacks which we try to keep light and are now overflowing with loads of memories, stories and pictures. And they are getting heavy. So here we have arrived creating a port of transfer to unload our experiences and share them around, to send you love and inspiration if you want to kick that desk job and give what we are doing a try. Mostly we thought it would be fun to have conversations about travel with people who are far away and love traveling just as much.
So, a warm welcome to Empty Rucksack, feel at home.
Who is Vikram?
Vikram is the cool headed guy who is always in control. If you meet him you will think of him as the saint, as the enlightened man better suited under a tree than on a night bus to places. He can talk to anyone, is never shy which is amazing for me because I (Ishwinder) get self-conscious even to get my tea reheated at a restaurant. He is the most social person Ishwinder knows. For a fact, Ishwinder & Vikram had more friends at their wedding than relatives and they were all Vikram’s. He remembers everyone’s birthday, never picks up a fight and never hesitates to be the first one to call. But his cloak of coolness comes off when he has to jump into deep waters from high cliffs where he stands shivering for eternity before taking the leap. He never tires, sleeps a lot and never worries. He is the best friend anyone can have and is the best husband. (Sorry, he is taken.) A cool travel fact about him is he rode a motorcycle on the last of our Delhi to Leh trip from Jammu to Delhi with rains, bandhs, night and day all falling on the way. It was 20 hours in toto breaking his Delhi to Manali record of riding straight for 16 hours.
Who is Ishwinder?
Since it’s Ishwinder who is writing this, it is hard for her to write it. If you were here she would fumble and mumble or probably talk about something else. But written word makes it difficult to escape. Let’s switch to first person, shall we. I am the good Indian girl gone rebel. I always carried an “I will not speak to anyone” air about me through my school and college. But Vikram and travel have changed me completely. Chances are if you were sitting next to me in a cafe and looked a tad bit interesting I will strike a conversation with you and we will end up talking for hours. I am a writer working on a book which was part of the reason why Vikram and I quit our jobs. But one year hence I am nowhere near completion because I love procrastination and looking into blankness. A cool travel fact about me is that there is no cool travel fact about me except that I am the one who pushed Vikram to do that 20 hours stretch and hadn’t eaten for two full days at a stretch on that ride because I just wanted to get home. That makes me realise, I love traveling but I love home too.
Where we have been?
We have traveled to 25 countries,trekked in the Himalayas, Alps and hiked deep into Sumatran rain forests, seen the sun go down on the beaches of Greece, watched belly dances in Istanbul, crossed high passes on road trip around ladakh, stayed on organic farms in south India, trekked the grand canyon, lost money in the casinos of Vegas, got our share on pictures with the wonders of world Eiffel tower, leaning tower and Colosseum, sought the remotest and prettiest corners of Italy – cinque Terre, ate the best pizza in the world, went caving in Slovenia, gorged on the street food in Vietnam, swam with the sharks in Perhentians, lazed in the hammocks of islands along the Mekong river in Laos, but the lust for travel never ends. The more we travel the more we want to travel.
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