Saturday, December 29, 2012

A few things that made my 2012 interesting..

It has become my regular practice to write a wrap-up blog post each year. Time has come to say good bye to the year 2012. I was keeping my blog readers updated on the with regular updates. Year 2012 - a year of changes summarizes the first two trimesters of the year. In a following post, I thanked all the wonderful people who made my 2012 remarkable. This year was truly remarkable, and probably it was one of the 3 best years so far (the other two were years 2010 and 2004). I foresee a much more interesting year 2013.

Now time to look into some random things that made me 2012 a unique year. This is an unordered list.

1. Broken resolutions - Yes, those resolutions which rarely works. Not to stay up too late, not to spend much time on the Internet, .. these resolutions! :P

2. Successful goals - Surprisingly, 2012 turned to be a very successful year. It didn't start pretty well, to be honest. Learned more realities of life throughout the year. :D

3. Movies - Oh.. too many of them this year.. :D

4. Nightly walks - I always enjoyed a long walk, in the nights. ^ ^

5. Busy days getting the documents ready for the Portuguese visa. It was not fun. However, now all it gives is nice memories.

6. Pahar Ganj - When I said I am going to stay in a place called Pahar Ganj during my visit to India, some guys who are from New Delhi were scaring me saying Pahar Ganj is a dangerous place. I myself noticed that the place is dodgy, as an over-crowded place next to the central railway station. Staying there for a few days gave me a more insight of New Delhi.

7. Trip by HoHo bus in New Delhi - It was interesting (in a strange way) to travel alone to tourist attractions, such as Qutub Minar.

8. Three-wheeler negotiations in New Delhi - New Delhi by tuk-tuk was fun!

9. Exploring Colombo - Sometimes we don't really get the chance to explore the city that we live in. It was this year, when I really explored more of my city. :D

10. Random Shoppings in Colombo city!

11. Summer in Lisbon - Summer experience in Lisbon is really great.

12. Yellow bus travel in Lisbon - "Yellow bus" is a convenient way to explore Lisbon, in 48 hours, for 25 Euros. Visited many interesting places such as Lisboa Oceanario.

13. Shuttle travels to Taguspark campus!

14. Lunch at Taguspark canteen.

15. Dinner for 4.45 Euro at "Acucar & Canela".

16. My weekly blog posts on my stay here in Lisbon. Interestingly, the blog views got to a peak in the month of October. Moments with Twitter.. and Moments with Twitter - II became two of the mostly viewed posts, all time.

17. Living away from home and the country for the first time.

18. Nights at Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodre.

19. Group discussions for P2P exams!

20. Getting soaked in the wild rainy days in New Delhi during the second visit.

21. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Going to a temple of another faith that I was never aware of, turns to be interesting, like exploring a new world. This year, I went to many places of worship, of different faiths, including Central Mosque of Lisbon.

22. Visit to Munneswaram and the other surrounding Hindu temples. It felt great to have such a religious trip with family, after a long time, without much preparation.

23. Beach Wadiya of Wellawatte. Never mind the big fat rat.. :D

24. Emirates! I like the airlines, and Dubai Airport. This was not my first time though.

25. Letters from KTH - It was surely one of the highlights of the year. Letters regarding EMDC was always promising and made me smile big.

26. GSoC Awareness sessions all over the island. We did it big for GSoC 2012. More evangelization!

27. Optimism - Not that 2012 was full of good events. It had its own share of negative events and depressing moments. I feel, it was me being optimistic, made me take some brave decisions to withstand the currents, which eventually turned as the right decisions. :-)

28. Crazy friends - I am surrounded by them here. So no comments on this right now. :D

29. Portuguese classes. This one. :D I rarely did the homeworks. Probably, I should have put more effort. However, we have completed the Portuguese Level-1 now. :)

30. Being a student once more, after two years. Makes me feel younger! EMDC, IST, and Lisbon - It is a cool combination.. :D

We are going to Madrid, Barcelona, and Nuria in Spain the coming February for the EMDC winter event. Apart from this, I have plans to visit home next year, and also a short trip to South India, may be. Finally to KTH, Stockholm for the second year. 2013 seems more promising.

If you are really bored, you may also read the blog post on the year 2011. :D

4 comments:

  1. I hope #14 is there because the food is amongst the worst you can find in this universe... Actually, that's not true. The Alameda canteen is even worse.

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  2. We actually like the food in Taguspark. :) Probably, it has become better lately(?). The only problem I have is, they mostly serve pork, and I don't eat pork generally. Yes, Alameda canteen is worse. We don't like that much.

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