The most awaited study tour is here.. our first official trip in Italy. The Idea is to have a one week study tour to the industrial districts of italy so as to have a lot of industry exposure and of course.. some good time ;)
Since this is a long trip, I'll keep you updated with daily updates on this same post..
We started from POLI.design on Sunday morning around 11am. A bus was ready, waiting for us at the entrance of the university. (Well the image that you see below is of the same bus.. but taken at some other time.. he he)
Well, it's a one week trip and we were all prepared with bread, Chocolates, Mayonaise etc. And we had them a lot on the way...
But you know what.. we didn't really know that even the food was sponsored by the italian ministry ... :P
After a while, Bus stopped at a Restaurant called X-Chefs. Well, the basic idea was for everybody to get some room to release their tension.. he he.. you got what i meant...
Anyway, that was quite a nice restaurant...
Our Lunch was from the same place, and we could pick anything we wanted..
Well.. yea, as you know.. it's true that if you get it for FREE, you'll even drink acid..
See.. this is what happened :)
:D I don't know, how much they spent on our lunch that day.. According to our rough guess, it's nothing less than 45,000 rupees.
After this really really heavy lucnch, almost everyone went to sleep...
A few more hours, we reached this place called Recanati where our stay was arranged...
Ho ho!.. look at that hotel, I still don't understand the kind of treatment that the italians are giving to us.. it's just awesome!
Look, how joyful we are after getting into these rooms... where we're gonna stay for the next one week...
This is where me and Devesh are staying.. look at the view from the window.. I hope you're getting a small sense of it...
For example, the image below was clicked from our window :)
Well, we were all set... dinner is at 8'o clock, we had some time to kill..
Some of the NIDians, who're doing their diploma project here in italy had come to meet..
Me, Manoj and Manish; we just went out for a walk...
Wow, the place where we were staying is just amazing..
It's all pretty old buildings, conserved very well, that I'm wondering why the hell they constructed all these on top of this hill? May be an old for or something?? I don't know.. Gotta find out..
On our way back, we met these two human beings.. :)
Well.. as they had announced before, our food was ready at 8'o clock.
Again, ek dam Khatarnaaak!!!
That was a grand dinner, with Lasagnia, Rice, Fruits, Meat, Wine and whatever whatever...
And we really understood what does it really mean when italians say "Slow Food"... We took almost two hours to complete our food, course by course....
anyway.. that was awesome!
But the real surprise was after the dinner!!!!
There was a small meeting at the lobby.. and we were really shocked when they distributed the "Money Pockets" :)
Well.. what they meant was "Pocket money" for us..
He he!!.. 100 Euros per head as pocket money!!.. well.. that's not bad! :D
It was PK's birthday (Praneeta) that day and it was quite fun when we gathered out side to sing the birthday song...
Well, again.. one more stroll... thruough the beautiful streets of Recanati..
It felt as if we were walking through a set made for some shakespeare movie..
that was such an amazing experience..
See the kind of spaces this small place has got...
The kind of texture of wall..
... and the beautiful narrow streets...
Some more time on the streets... sitting lukha on the tall retaining wall, enjoying the view of the whole world below us (u don't beleive, this hill is so high that we can see almost the entire planet from here!!)....
Back to the room and a small dose of the movie Euro Trip, and the day was over for us.. good night!!
Officially, our first day of the visit.. We were 'supposed' to be ready by 8am in the morning after the break fast.. and it was pretty strange that almost all of us could make it within 8:15 :)
Well yea,.. the break fast was doubtlesly awesome!
A beautiful morning... we were on our way to the industrial area... really enjoyed the great views of the farmlands and sea.. thanx to manish, who kept clicking these pics on our way..
After a couple of hours journey, which most of us spent sleeping, we were at Cosmob, the first industry visit.
... and a visit to their, quality checking and testing lab where furniture is tested for its durability, streangth and what not..
By the time we finished Cosmob, it was time for lunch. And when Chiara (our trip co-ordinator) announced "we're going to have a quick pasta and water and everything else is upto you" we were all smiling, thinking about the great lunch that we had yesterday!! :D
But whatever, the QUICK pasta and WATER they said, turned out to be yet another great lunch!!
These are our trip co-ordinators, from the italian ministry.
Lunch is over.. and our Next destination: IFI
IFI who manufactures Ice cream display cabinets and refrigeration units, had arranged a meeting in such a grand scale that it was the CEO of the company who gave us the welcome note.
Well.. once the presentation was over, it was eating time again :)
That was a funfilled trip that we had on our way back...
all our Indi-Instincts were out when we started singing and shouting film songs and playing anthakshari inside the bus! :) yenjaaaaayed :P
Well.. again, there was one more announcement from Chiara that tonight's dinner will not be in the hotel we stay, but at some OTHER place...
When she said that we could think nothing but the thing that we mustbe going to some cheaper restaurant...
But once we were there... surprise strikes again!!!
An awesome candle-lit, slow dinner!!
A lot of great food and unlimited wine, it was time to have some fun...
walked around again through the streets (no pics) even getting scoldings from fellow residents who were pissed of with our shouting and masti...
Had lots of fun today.. and it was time for some ghost stories in the dark...
Well.. the two legs you see in the above pic is Manish, who's little heart couldn't take such stories and fainted!!! :) he he :P and next to him under the blanket, mister Bhola, who got a hearattack from Acidity.... (internal joke)
:) It's really bloody late, and I need to sleep ...
Good night.. Ciao