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August 2016

Belgian GP

Belgian GP was an event I had not planned for at all in Europe as I wanted to do Hungary GP but a chance conversation at work led me to book tickets and transport to Spa Francorchamps
THe transport was on time but by the time we reached Spa, the first race was nearly done and that is when I realised the reason why people camp there 2 days in advance. By the time the second race got underway, we were inside but struggling to find a place to watch the race from. After much discussion and deliberation, we figured out a spot in time for Porsche Mobil 1 Super cup.
The F1 race got underway a few minutes past 2 and within few minutes we also witnessed the crash of Magnussen in the high speed corner we were watching from. Looks horrible and fantastic at once. He got off without a scratch but the car had to be hauled off by a crane and many laps slowed down due to debris from the crash. Race resumed and got very interesting but from our corner we didn’t have much action. Kimi didn’t do well and so a bit of disappointment but overall race experience was great.

We started making our way out of Spa at 6 but as of this post 5 hours later, I am still an hour away from home because of the amount of traffic and logjams. A detailed post soon

Nik

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Beer 18: Straffe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel

Brewer: Brouwerij de Halve maan, Brugge, Belgium

Strength:11% ABV

Review: Bitter but OK. Not a summer beer

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Pineapple with Red Pepper Sorbet

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Nando’s Sauces: Taste ka Dhamal

Finally Nando’s Sauces are available in Eindhoven and I can resume munching on my fave sauces

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Beer 17-Apple Bandit Cider

Beer: Apple Bandit cider is very recent entrant into the world of Ciders from the House of Heineken. Apple Bandit is a cider with good balance between sweet and sour and is available in two variants, Apple Crisp and Juicy Pear,

Brewery: Heineken

Strength: 4.5% ABV

Review: In a shootout between Strongbow and Apple Bandit, i will go for Strongbow any day but considering the fact Strongbow is not as easily available here, Apple bandit does not feel a let down

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Oslo’s beautiful neighbor-Bærums Verk

During my visit to Oslo, i discovered Oslo was pretty unremarkable as city owing to its small size or it is just like almost every other European city excluding its Ski Ramp. However, there is so much to see and do if you use Oslo as a base point for start of travel into Norway.

Oslo can be a starting point to get on to the Scandinavian trains running through some picturesque spots. Or to get to Trolltunga with its jutting rock or to get to Bergen for its promise of Aurora Borealis or to get to Gothenburg in Sweden. One of the smaller excursions from Oslo is the Bærums Verk

Bærums Verk is a small tiny village nestled in the mountains near Oslo with a population of 8000 but was a source of national pride and self-reliance for many centuries as it was a major source of Iron for Norway and used to contain Iron Foundry churning out Cannons to Ovens. Even today, Bærums Verk is reminiscent of the same and not much has changed in the appearance of the place except for shiny shopping centers.

Bærums Verk is also a very nice place for a small hike through the woods in summer when there is a bit of sun and warmth in the air. So if you start off from Oslo towards Bærums Verk via the 168 bus then getting of Bekkestua is a good starting point for the walk. the 7 km walk through the smoothly rising mountains is both amazing and exhilarating. There is not much in terms of being able to get any food or water until you reach Bærums Verk so be forewarned. But the scenic walk is its own reward. At the top, there are nice cafes and restaurants by the river for relaxing and take in the sights and sounds

Nik

 

 

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