Sevilla!

Hola Amigos! Sorry for taking so long to blog about Sevilla, but we’ve just been having too much fun!

The bus finally arrived in Sevilla around 8pm, ending our ridiculously long day and 7-hour bus journey. After unpacking our bags and sorting out who’s stuff was who’s for what felt like forever, we all begin searching for our new residencia padres! All of the house moms and families were waiting at the bus stop to greet us, and it was really entertaining watching people walk around awkwardly asking strangers their names. I loved seeing people find the right person, and watching both parties get extremely excited and the best part was we American boys trying to do the traditional kiss-kiss that the country is famous for. After a while of aimlessly wandering, and meeting the girls living in our residencia we finally found our host mom Rosa Saenz!

Mis Padres! Norberto y Rosa

Rosa is the sweetest lady ever, and we all got so lucky to have her as our house mom and be living in her residencia. We somehow managed to stuff 12 peoples bags into a mini-van, and then began walking over towards our residencia. As we were crossing the sweet river we live by, the first thing Rosa says to us is “Sevilla es Loco, much fiestas!!” Which translates to Sevilla is crazy, lots of parties. With that one sentence, we all knew it was going to be a good semester haha. After about a 10 minute walk, we arrived at our residencia which is located in the the Los Remedios neighborhood, on calle virgen de la Victoria. We really lucked out as our residencia is extremely centrally located, with tons of eateries, shops, and bars all over the place and is very close to the river and the center of the city. There are 12 total students living in our residencia, 6 boys and 6 girls and we all get along great.

On the walk over Rosa eased many of our initial concerns, by informing us that she did have wi-fi internet and hot water. The residencia is 2 floors, that are basically divided into two different apartments. Me, Nick, Mike, Robby, and our host mom Rosa and her 15 year old son Roberto live are on the first floor (second floor in US). Everyone else is upstairs, and it is pretty cool as we basically have an own apartment to ourselves upstairs including a kitchen, which is sweet. As a result, we start most of our evening festivities upstairs before heading on out to the town. The first night, after getting settled into our respective rooms we were greeted with a delicious spaghetti dinner Rosa had made for us. She is so considerate, and thought that an American meal the first night would help us feel at home.

Family Dinner!

Once we completed dinner and unpacked our bags, we decided we should go out to check out the city. Our buddies Lucas and Scott from U of Michigan lived upstairs, so we grabbed them and headed on out to explore the city. On a side note, when I went to see Lucas and Scott’s place I realized they lived with Anna Duque, who was my friends Chris and Jeremy’s house mom when they studied abroad with API last year. Chris and Jeremy are great guys who played a major role in my decision to study abroad in Sevilla with API, and as a result I was pretty excited to meet their house mom, and even saw their picture from last year on the wall!

Me with Anna Duque

That night, we headed to a bar Jeremy and Chris had recommended to us called Alambique, which has quickly turned into our favorite local bar in our short time so far. The first thing we noticed was incredibly cheap everything was, with drinks being only 1 euro, which has resulted in my friends ali and Marlena to drunkenly repeat dollar euro drinks to everyone they can see haha. We weren’t planning on staying too late that evening, but the girls from the residencia on our street showed up, and after a few tequila shots it just turned into a full fledged party.

Everyone out the first night at Alambique!

First Day

The next morning, we had to wake up really early for a 9:30am bike tour of the city. This was notably more difficult than anticipated, thanks to the prior evenings rather rowdy festivities. The entire group met up and we all grabbed our respective bikes and we were off to embark on our 2 and a half hour tour of the city. I was amazed how many girls kept reiterating their fears about not remembering how to ride a bike, but ollie like usual calmed them down with his wise words of wisdom saying something profound like “well, riding a bike is like riding a bike, you don’t forget how to do it” haha. The city is incredibly biker friendly, and even has a bike sharing system for 20 euros or so, which we’re all going to get. There are bike lanes literally throughout the entire city, and the tour was incredible. It felt great to ride a bike after so long, and taking in the sights and sounds of Seville was amazing. There is also this majestic palace looking place called alcazar which we all stopped at as well.

Alcazar

At one point, we stopped in this really nice park with tons of pretty white pidgeons everywhere. Our program director, Marta, asked if anyone wanted to go feed the birds. Naturally, Nick and I were the first two to move skeptically forward and decided to try and feed the birds. I bought a bag of bird seed for 1.50 Euro, and the madness had begun. The second I opened the bag, about 100 pidgeons flew up, at, and all over us eating the bird seed out of our hands and resting on our head, shoulders, knees, and toes. We were having a blast, and seeing our enthusiasm others in the program quickly joined. It was an incredibly memorable and fun experience, and was really glad we had an opportunity to play with the tight birds.

Nick and I going to check it out

Everyone with the birds

There are beautiful Orange trees all over the place, and magnificent architecture around every corner. Sevilla is honestly one of the coolest and prettiest cities I have ever been to. I am amazed every second I walk outside that I am living here. I love it.

Triana, the neighborhood right next to ours.

The weather has been pretty good so far, ranging from about 65 during the days to around 45 at nighttime. It is supposed to get much warmer in the coming weeks and months, so can’t wait for that. After the bike tour, we got back to our house and had another hearty meal, and then thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon siestas. Siestas (Naps) are such a great concept, and somewhat necessary as you need the rest to recover from coming back home at 5am every night. The entire city literally shuts down everyday from 2:30 – 4:30pm, which was somewhat frustrating when we were trying to get our phones. Speaking of which, Me nick and Ollie have been bumming hardcore and still need to pick up phones. This is the longest I can remember being without a phone, as it’s been about a month including my time in India. It was somewhat liberating at first, but has just become annoying at this point as everyone keeps asking for numbers and I have nothing to give them.

Anyhow, we all lazed around and rested up for the madness that awaited. After a little pregaming upstairs, we went to Alambique again and then headed to a discoteque called Rio Latina. Rio Latina was wild, and put the thirsty turtle to shame. We all had an insane dance party, then walked the girls back to their residencia. We went upstairs to check their spot out, and for some reason all 7 or 8 of the girls that were with us couldn’t manage to get in with their keys, as there was something wrong with the lock. I went downstairs to let Nick into the building while we were trying to figure a way in, and when we came back up, to my surprise everyone was already inside. Turns out that Hirsh decided it would be a good idea to scale the building and just climb up to their balcony on the 3rd floor and that’s how we got in. Absolutely ridiculous haha. We all hung out for a while, watched Sam do a hilarious rap and fall over, and then finally got back home and passed out around 7am.

Day Two

We spent pretty much all of Saturday afternoon lazing around, napping, and recovering from the night before. We all wanted to grab some groceries of our own to snack on, so we headed to the local Aldi’s as it’s reputed as one of the worlds cheapest grocers. This Aldi did not dissapoint. Beer was something like 1.45 euro’s for a six pack, and handles and bottles of wine ranged from ridiculously low prices of 3-6 euros. Since we get 3 meals a day, all we will basically be spending money on is alcohol and trips all over Europe, so finding out just how cheap booze was here was definitely a pleasant surprise.

After a nice dinner with a couple glasses of wine, and a quick shower we started getting ready to go out once more. We’ve been drinking nice wines with dinner, and although I’m not the biggest red wine fan I’m hoping I will have acquired a taste for it by the end of the trip. That night, we were going to a party that Discover sevilla was throwing for all the new international students studying in Sevilla. Discover Sevilla is an organization, which organizes affordable and fun trips and excursions all over Europe for students studying in Sevilla. They have a sweet trip to Lagos, Portugal that we’ve heard is incredible so will likely be going on that one. I heard last year that the entire program went and it was one of the wildest weekends people had ever had. There’s also a cool trip to go across the Sahara desert, and to go to Carnival for the night, so will look into those as well. Anyhow, after a few drinks at our place the gang all headed off in search of the party. We walked the wrong way a couple times, as we’re still feeling our way around the city but eventually found the party.

It was one of the craziest parties I have ever been to. It was located in this strange outdoor area, right by what seemed to be a gym of some sort which you had to enter if you wanted to use the restroom. It was a wild, loud atmosphere, and there were tons of API kids everywhere. As we got there everyone seemed to be pretty drunk and excited to see us, and it felt like it was going to be an awesome night. Discover Sevilla was providing everyone with free “Sangria” that night. It was more like a Spanish version of Jungle Juice, as they were just pouring handles of cheap vodka in the giant bucket all night, but it tasted delicious so no one knew, and those who did weren’t complaining.

They had set up drinking games such as beer pong, civil war, and flip cup for us all to play. We played flip cup with Sangria, in what turned out to be the wildest, most fun drinking game I think I’ve ever experienced. We were playing on giant ping pong tables, so there were about 15 people on each side squished together and had some epic games. A girl in our residencia said “I don’t play drinking games, but that was insane. I felt like I was watching the World Cup or something crazy like that!” in referral to the explosion of noise that occurred after a team won. After our team won one game, I started a Maryland “Hey, You Suck” chant which was a lot of fun.

Awesome winning team

By the time we were all ready to leave, the Sangria had hit us all hard. It must have been incredibly amusing watching this huge group of 75 of us, stumbling down the street living up to every American stereotype of being loud, rowdy, obnoxious drunks haha. The night was a blur from that point forward, but after the party we all headed off to a bunch of different bars all over the place. Our friend Chelsea Gentzler is studying abroad with us in Sevilla, but with another program so we hadn’t seen her in the city yet. Nick and I ran into her at one of the bars we were at, and had one of the most epic hugs and safe to say it was a terrific reunion. We spent the rest of the night hanging with Chelsea and the gang, and then made our way back to the residencia at some point.

Day Three

I was really tired when we had gotten back the night before, and just passed out on top of the bed. I woke up at 8am to Rosa putting the covers on top of me, as I had fallen asleep without them on. She is the cutest, sweetest lady ever!

We were all extremely tired from the wild evening we had the night before so spent most of the day just relaxing and hanging out. I decided to go on a run with Sean and Ollie in the afternoon and it turned out to be a great decision. I hadn’t gone running in months, and was pretty skeptical about going on one but figured it could be fun. I was wearing my toe shoes (Vibram Five Fingers), and don’ t think I’ve ever had more fun running around a city. I was jumping all around, jamming to some great tunes and taking in the incredible views the city has to offer. Felt as though I was a little kid running around barefoot, and Seville was my gorgeous, giant playground. We ran through this park called la parque de Maria Luisa, and it was straight up enchanting. There were amazing orange trees all over, and just incredible sights in every direction. I felt as if I was in Alice in Wonderland, but it was even better because it was Sahil in Sevilla.

The program and city has exceeded all of my expectations thus far, and it has just started. I’m still having difficulty coming to grips with the fact that we haven’t even begun classes yet, and will be here for another 4 months. If you are considering studying abroad, DO IT!

First Days in Spain!

First Day

The first day in Spain, after our treacherous travels to get to Madrid we finally arrived at the hotel. Literally, as I entered the hotel ran in to the Maryland Crew as they were heading out and we went to grab some delicious sangria in Plaza Mayor, which is an amazing open square that has tons of crazy stuff going on. There was a funky fat dude wearing a spiderman costume who just took pictures with tourists all day, which was pretty entertaining. There were also these two guys making the biggest bubbles that I have ever seen which was fun to watch. After the plaza, went to grab a Mahou beer at a café, then we went back to the hotel for our first meeting.

Plaza Mayor

Sangria at Plaza Mayor!

We went to the later of the two meetings, and as they went over the rules and regulations we couldn’t help but laugh as we had already broken what seemed like 7 rules, and the sangria may have had something to do with it. The hotel we were staying in was called Hotel Moderna, and was really nice and centrally located in the heart of Madrid. The hotel was really nice, and we just shared rooms with our future roommates in Seville so Hirsh and me had room. We got to meet a bunch of people from our program and everyone seemed really cool.

Hotel Moderna

Our Room

A lot of people were going out that night, but was real beat from the flight so just had a couple drinks and called it a night. At the end of the day was real happy to have finally arrived in spain. The program API (Academic Programs International) has been real legit, and the people we’ve met have been even better.

Madrid Mania

Woke up around 9:30 and headed down to grab a quick breakfast at the hotel buffet. Around 10:30am, the entire program was taking a walking tour of the city. Naturally, the other 4 Maryland kids slept in so I was the only one who made it for the walking tour. We had a guide take us around the city and show us a bunch of the cool places, and got to meet some more people on the program and took far too many pictures as usual.

Tour guide con new api amigos

We went to this awesome marketplace, which had tons of fresh food everywhere and every type of cheese and ham that you could think of. We also went to the royal palace which was sweet, and a bunch of other really interesting places.

HAMM

Queso!

Royal Palace

Tight Horsemen

Real Official

Field Trip!

After another quick nap, we had to go as a group to the Prado museum at 3:15. We went to grab a bite at a doner kabob place called Istanbul which was delicious, and then headed back to the hotel to meet up with the group. Unfortunately, the group meeting time was moved up to 3pm so everyone had already left without us. The museum was only about 10 minutes away from where we were staying so we power walked there and had to go through the visitor entrance and pay. As we wandered around the museum looking for the group, and taking in the cool art we finally caught up with everyone as they were entering from the group entrance, and were greeted with some confused faces haha. After the tour of the museum, we went back to the hotel to hang out but on the way crossed this incredible group of musicians. We got back to the hotel, and as we left to go out for the evening saw another cool group of musicians.

Awesome Band

Crazy Floating dude, we saw a bunch of crazy things!

Statue Man

This one got me real confused, Winnie the Pooh?

Tight Mariachi Band

We pregamed in our room with a couple of our new friends, and then headed out to see the nightlife in Madrid around midnight. It was Insane! Throughout the city, there are these random club promoters who wander around the popular areas and hand out these cards, which allow you free entrance to the bars, and free shots and stuff as you get there. At first we thought they were kind of sketch, but we took the cards and turned out to be a great decision. We started out at this random bar, and ran into everyone from API, which was a really good time. After a few drinks and some good times, we headed to a discoteque and that’s when things got reall weird. Had the most epic 3 hour dance party at the discoteque with some new and old friends, and then headed back to the hotel around 5am. Safe to say, the first night out in espana was a success.

El Escorial

Had to wake up real early in the morning around 10ish or so to go to a meeting in the morning to learn more about Sevilla and our classes and everything. The meeting was pretty funny as everyone was so hung over, with people falling asleep and dying for water. We found out our residencia location because they gave us a city map, and we have a great spot. It is extremely centrally located in an area called los remedios, and right by the river and metro stop. After the meeting, we went and grabbed lunch and then took another quick nap to prepare for our day trip. That afternoon, we went to this sweet monastery called El Escorial, that was about an hour away. We spent the day there, and had a good time checking everything out.

El Escorial!

Beautiful Outdoor area

Cool Trees

Amazing Views

White Swann

Once we got back to the hotel, we grabbed dinner at Istanbul again. I got a delicious Lamb wrap thing, and it came with a cool glass that’s come in handy so far. Everyone was pretty tired from the day’s activities and the night before, and had to be up really early so decided not to go to the bars again. Instead, we all went to a Turkish hookah bar with some nueva amigos for a real fun chill evening.

On the way, Tio Pepe!

Everyone at the Hookah Bar!

Crazy guy that gave the girls and mike flowers, but came back and took them away 5 minutes later when we didn’t buy anything.

Amigos with the giant hookah’s

They only had apple-flavored hookahs, so we got one of those along with a giant tower of Sangria and hung out for a while. After a second tower of sangria and some good times, we all called it a night in preparation for the long night ahead.

Day 4 – Toledo and onwards to Sevilla!

Woke up real early and packed all of our bags as we prepared to head off to Toledo for the day, and then the 7 hour busride to Sevilla!

Everyone all ready to go

Giant Moon

It took about an hour to get to Toledo, and was really glad we went. The city is really cool, as it is a city that is surrounded by fort like walls. We had to take escalators up to get into the city, and it was incredibly foggy and chilly out as that day started so was kinda hard to see anything. Toledo was really cool, and we had a guide who led us around the entire city for a couple hours. The city was beautiful, and so were the places we visited. Unfortunately, some of the places that we visited didn’t allow you to take pictures, so I had to develop a sneaky methods of snapping some pictures of the gorgeous places throughout the day.

Entering the city

Longg Stairs

Toledo is also regarded as the sword capital of the world, and apparently the sword that Aaragon and other characters form Lord of the Rings used.

Cool Swords

Aaragon’s sword on the left (Silver one not in the middle)

We also saw some cool harry potter symbols

It also has a bunch of awesome curvy ally ways that are fun to walk through.

Only problem is that since the alleys are so small, makes things weird when cars are trying to get through with you on the road.

Once we had finished our guided tour of the city, we went to the gift shop before we decided to head back. Nikita and I wanted to send postcards to people back home, and saw that the prices were a little cheaper at the store next door so we headed over there. Our friend Alyssa joined us in the store, and we spent some time shopping around. I bought a sweet backscratcher for 3 euros, which has been coming in handy all the time as I tend to scratch my back more than most haha. We waited on Nikita to buy a pocketknife she wanted as well, and then the three of us turned around to head out of the store.

Awesome Backscratcher!

Turns out that while we were in the store, we managed to ignore the fact that the other 75 people on the trip had already headed back. We had taken a 2 hour walking tour, and there a million streets that all looked the same so we it was safe to say we had no idea where to go. Mini Monica (Nikita) was all confident that she knew where she was going and said follow me so we did. Turns out nikita wasn’t as directionally gifted as she thought, and we had no idea where we were going but we ended up stumbling on an incredible view.

Amazing

Lost Buddies

We had been separated from the group for a good while, and were starting to feel a little nervous that we needed to find everyone. Luckily, Alyssa had a phone so she called someone with the group, and they gave us vague directions on how to get back which amounted to find a McDonalds. It must have been quite amusing for the Spaniards watching the 3 americans walking around asking for a McDonalds in broken Spanish. Finally, we ran into our search crew of Hirsh and Juan and finally got back to the bus. We were greeted with sarcastic cheers as we stepped on the bus, as everyone woke up at 8am and hadn’t eaten all day and had to wait for us but it was all in good fun. After we got on the bus, the program directors decided to do a final head counts before taking off. They counted 40 of 42 people on the bus, so the wait continued. They had a whole search crew and even the police looking for the 2 people who were missing for what felt like an eternity since we were all so hungry, but it turned out that there was no one missing all along so we finally headed off on our way.

It was about a 7-hour ride to Sevilla, and we were riding in a relatively nice coach bus. The Spanish countryside is absolutely gorgeous, and really enjoyed viewing it through the giant windows on the bus.

Spanish Countryside

We stopped at some rest stop about halfway through to grab a bite, and had a tasty beef stew meal. The restaurant was crazy, and had these funky stuffed rabbits that looked like military soldiers, which was quite an interesting site.

Crazy Rabbits

The rest stop also gave me an opportunity to finish off the API Ethiopia hat album I had been working on. My roommate, Mike Hirshhorn has a sweet hat that says Ethiopia he bought at thrift store that he was wearing and I took a picture of him. Then Marlena came in and took a picture of both of us with our crazy hats, and then decided for some reason that it would be a good idea to take a picture of everyone in the program wearing it and make an album. It started out as a joke, but actually turned out really well.

Here’s a link to the album if you’d like to take a look, I think it’s pretty amusing.
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2068808&id=1225470194

Sevilla has been incredible, and i will post some details about it soon. Hope all is well with everyone back home, keep in touch! My skype name is Sahil.Rahman1 so find me and we can skype because i’m starting to miss all your beautiful faces…and it’s free!

Buenos Noches,
Sahil

Driving Brink

So was talking to my buddy jason this afternoon, and after i told him how incredible spain was he told me he released an album with our friend vikas. At first, i thought it was a joke because he and I used to play singstar pop all the time and whoop his ass, but he was serious.

The names Driving Brink, which i thought was slightly amusing at first but after he explained the origin i kinda dug it. Brinks the rode he has to drive down everyday when he’s going to make music. Anyhow, started listening to the cover of jordin sparks with Dana and it was actually really good. We had 10 of us listening to it in our apartment and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Wanted to throw a quick shout out to em for the good work. Can’t wait to see that on that Top 40 real soon haha.

They’re just starting out so everyone should definitely check it out!

http://www.facebook.com/drivingbrink

Currently jamming to some dank music (Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” and Jessica Simpson “With You”) with the roomies, Sevilla is awesome!

Details on the amazing time we’re having in Sevilla to come soon!

-Sahil

Madrid!

We left for Heathrow early morning around 6am to catch my 725 am flight. I checked in, said goodbye to Dad and then boarded the plane excited to reach madrid at around 10:45am. While boarding, i happened to meet a couple cool girls both named Ali, and both from Boston College, who were also studying abroad in Sevilla and another one named Janey from Amherst which was cool. It Turned out we had to wait a little bit longer than anticipated to get to Madrid. After boarding, i was really tired so i took a nap. When i woke up, to my surprise i found we were still in the exact same spot and hadn’t moved, and at this time it was around 8am. I asked around, and apparently the plane had been delayed to 9am and i figured no big deal we will be getting there soon as it is a short flight. The delay was due to lots of fog at the madrid airport. Unfortunately, the fog continued and our flight kept on getting delayed. Our flight that was originally scheduled to leave at 745am left past 12pm, so we basically had to sit on the plane for something like 4 hours before takeoff, making it about a 7 hour flight on the cramped airline. Regardless, we were all relieved when the plane had taken off and looking forward to getting to Madrid. We were all exhausted and excited once we landed, and went to get our luggage which turned out to be a whole nother ordeal.

After going through customs, which was surprisingly fast, we went to baggage claim. We stood around for about an hour, and after nothing came out we assumed the worst. We went to the iberian airlines counter, and the guy in front of us said that his bags were in heathrow, and our frustrations began to mount. Luckily, as we approached the bags started to come out and we all miraculously found ours, salvaging what had been an incredibly long and unpleasant start to our journey. We caught a cab to the Hotel Moderno, where we are staying and the about the second we walked in I ran into the Maryland crew which was great. Put my bags down, and we headed off to a restaurant to grab some delicious Sangria, which helped start the trip off right.

We had our orientation for API at 6:30 where the told us some things to expect in Spain, and then had a relatively bland dinner that was extremely long at around 8ish. Afterwards, i was beat form the long flight and the days activities so i called it a night. Madrid has been sweet, and everyone i have met so far has been great. Already so glad i chose to study abroad, and looking forward to all the adventures that await!

-Sahil

London for the Evening

Spent the last couple nights in London.  First night we stayed with Sadaf appa in Essex, and yesterday we stayed with Sam uncle at his place right by Heathrow.  Sadaf Appa’s baby Rumsha is absolutely adorable and a pleasure to be around.  Yesterday afternoon, we all went to grab lunch with my cousin Ruth who also lives in London which was great.  We all went to this Indian Tapas restaurant called Imli, well almost. On the walk over to Imli, we passed a Pho restaurant (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) that looked delicious and trendy. I was so tempted that i actually left Imli and grabbed some pho tai chi at Pho Cafe, which was terrific and had a great ambiance, and then returned to Imli for meal #2 of the day.

I’ve decided that I am somewhat in love with most of the woman in London, and the roaming around the city was a lot of fun.  After stopping at a cyber cafe to print out my boarding pass and some other things we went to Sam uncles for the night.  I weighed my bags, and they are both about 23 kg’s so i have a feeling i might be taking too much stuff, oh welll. I had a tasty and strong German Beer, some great curry dish, and watched a cool but disturbing Gordon Ramsey show about the illegal de-finning of Sharks.

We’ll be leaving for Heathrow in about an Hour as my flight to Seville, Spain is at 7:25.  Really excited to get over there and begin this crazy new chapter of my life, and see some familiar faces.

Let the adventures begin!

-Sahil

Indian Cinemas

Tonight was my last night in India. Although I’m somewhat sad to be leaving, I will most definitely not miss the Mumbai mosquitos one bit. I literally have been bitten at least 40 times in the last 4 days, and it feels as though everytime I look down at my arm, leg, or any other body part I have 3 new bites rapidly emerging. As I’m writing this, I’ve already killed two mosquitos in the room, but for some reason they never seem to completely go away. I guess I have the unfortunate gift of being a mosquito magnet. On the bright side, somewhat excited that at least something is attracted to me haha

Masi made me aloo puri for dinner, and we ordered some more dank chilli chicken to complement the meal. After dinner, Manan, Dad and I decided to go catch a movie because Manan had told us that theatres in Bombay were incredible. He wasn’t kidding. We got seats in the Red Lounge for 400 rupees, which is something like 8 or 9 bucks, and it was more than well worth it. The seats were basically giant electronically reclining sofas that were incredibly comfortable. We even got blankets, and you could ask for pillows if you liked. It was by far the most pleasurable movie-watching experience of my entire life, and if you are ever in Bombay you have to check it out.

The movie we watched was called No One Killed Jessica, and it turned out to be a great film. I am generally skeptical when it comes to watching Bollywood movies, but this was one of the few which actually had substance, was fast paced, avoided cheesy songs and had a great storyline. It was a movie based on a true story regarding a high profile murder in New Delhi. It was cool watching the movie, as I saw many of the places which I had visited the week before in Delhi on screen, and could relate to the movie much more. The movie is about how a young girl was murdered at a club in front of hundreds of people, yet the murderer, who is a politician’s son, manages to get away clean due to the corrupt nature of the country. An investigative journalist tries to bring justice to this crime, and the fact that it was based on a true story that happened so very recently in 2006 made it all the more interesting. Overall, it was incredibly well done, had a spectacular soundtrack, and provided great color in regards to the countries politicial, judicial, and police system.

It was also one of the few hindi movies I’ve seen which included copious amounts of profanity, including the words fuck and bitch, which I thought was a nice step forward from the generally conservative nature of Indian movies. Also, Rani Mukherjee did excellent job acting, and looked great while doing it. I think I may have slightly fallen in love with her.

Anyhow, it’s about 3am here so I’m about to pass out. Flight to London is tomorrow morning @ 1pm. Night Fools!

❤ Sahil