First, a bit of context and backstory. I am a 30-year-old-man who married his long time girlfriend two years ago and had a baby boy in September 2017. I work in a travel and hospitality setup in Delhi and so am required to travel out of station at least once a month. It's a mundane job, but it pays well so I stuck with it for over four years.
In October 2017, I had to attend a client conference in Prague, Czech Republic. I was extremely excited because a Euro-trip had been a lifelong dream. I obviously wanted to take my wife along, but we both decided that it would be too soon for our newborn baby. So she generously stayed behind with him.
My official work in Prague was done in two days, and I decided to extend my stay to explore this beautiful continent. My wife was also happy with the idea because she knew how much I loved travelling.
And by golly, did I NOT have the time of my life in Europe!
It was great to start with. In Prague, I visited unbelievable spires, drank the world's best beers by the lazy Vltava River, and spent my nights loitering around admiring the Bohemian architecture all over the city. I caught a train to Venice on the third night, where I was welcomed by a gondolier inviting me for a ride to my hotel on a gorgeous afternoon. The epic grandeur of the Grand Canal can hardly be described in words, but I could certainly admire it while sharing a beer with the locals in a bacaro (bar). The crimson sunset of the city was a sight to behold.
On the seventh morning of my trip, I boarded a flight to Paris. I was really excited about visiting the city of love. Paris was everything I had imagined and beyond. Yes, it's instantly familiar but there are still those subliminal nuances of the city that you won't ever find in any text or movie, such as the flea markets, second-hand atmospheric bookshops by the riverbanks, and the supremely-fashionable people. I obviously got a picture clicked in front of the majestic Eiffel Tower, as it is customary. Long story short, I had a wild time!
The times they are a-changin'