The safety and rules here are quite different to Oldenburg. Bikes ride on the road with the cars instead of elevated next to pedestrians. In many roads there are no separate lanes and you have to share a lane with cars. The rules say that you should keep as right as practical but the safety tips on several websites say that if you ride without taking as much space as you need, the chances of getting hit by doors of cars parked on the road or even cars entering the road from driveways is much higher – as drivers are going to look further into the street for other cars and could easily miss a bike. But on the bright side, Google maps shows which roads have bike lanes and recommends very different routes to what you would take if you were driving a car based on safety.
Today I took the drivers’ written test and passed with flying colours. I got all answers correct! I studied hard for the last couple of days although I was preparing using videos even sometime last week. I made it through ~100 pages of rules!
I’d love to be omnipresent, always with all the people dear to me who are spread across continents. The glass-half-empty view makes me feel like I’m always missing something, always leaving. But on the bright side I could also say I’m always home. The theme of my life seems to be ‘Yaadum oore, yaavarum kelir’ a Tamil saying which translates into ‘Every town is my hometown and everyone is my kin’.
I get a little uncomfortable around too much flatland but when I got off, greeted my friends and walked close to the water, I really felt the beauty of the land. The birds were flying in swarms so large they looked like black clouds. The air was so clear that you could see the buildings in Bremerhaven on the other side of the water. We saw lighthouses flashing light periodically back from the south where the backwaters lead to Bremen. The water we were walking along had very gentle waves lapping the sandy shore and there were plenty of parks in the form of boats for children to play on. The vegetation was specialised for sand and mildly saline waters.
The sound, smell and sight of a storm are reassuring and comforting to me. I sit here thousands of miles away listening to Ghanana ghanana from Lagaan for a moment transported to Bangalore. The breeze outside is warm and whispers promises of a downpour. I feel peaceful and content.
I’ve been having smell hallucinations of various things which just take me back to moments and feelings of when I was a child, and dreams about family and boats.
22/08/2010 Hello everyone 🙂 I hope everything is going well with all of you. This is the final mail I’ll send from Edinburgh to all of you because my magical and memorable year has come to an end. I have learnt so much here- Neuroscience and about life and made some very good friends too. … [Read more…]
25/02/2010 I went to Dundee for a training session for the postgrad review job that I have. It snow-stormed in the morning. Wild winds. Train was good. Reading Wuthering heights. The job is going to be complex and challenging going by the nature of our work today. Dundee has a cold sea-shore. We found a … [Read more…]
12/01/2010 Hi everyone, Hope you all had a good holiday. I’m back in Edinburgh, this familiar and beautiful city. I actually have developed a kind of loyalty to it. The water is less hard here than closer to London, and with Arthur’s seat to navigate with, you know you can never really be lost. The … [Read more…]
29/12/2009 Hello 🙂 I have been in Slough, a town near London, for around two weeks now. It has been restful to spend time with family, watch movies, go shopping etc. The Christmas and Boxing days were mainly an opportunity to shop. I hardly felt Christmassy, and that is sad because I like the spirit … [Read more…]
29/11/2009 Hello everyone 🙂 It’s a Sunday. Four degrees celsius as I write, and cloudy. A bunch of us friends are going to the German market today on Princes Street. It’s ‘the place’ to be this weekend. It’s supposed to be prettily decorated and fun events happen there. Last evening, two of us went to … [Read more…]