Travelling Solo Vs Travelling with a Chatter Box

by Mridula on May 6, 2013

in Canon D550,Musing,Photography,Sri Lanka

I recently went to Sri Lanka with my younger nephew who is also known as Brat 2. Of course there is a Brat 1, his elder brother, and there are two more, Brats 3 and 4. Brat 3 is my niece and 4 my daughter. The numbering is according to the age, Brat 1 being eldest and Brat 4 is the youngest. It is difficult to say who is the biggest brat of them all. The first time we traveled together it was Brat 1 and 2 with my husband I and we trekked through Goa. At that point I was taller than Brat 2 and he is 6 feet 3 now! Both of them were in school then.

I have a theory, the kids who start speaking late try to make it up for the rest of their lives. Brat 2 and my daughter both fall in that category. Brat 2 started speaking quiet late and so did Brat 4, Chhavi. And now both of them can talk to themselves! Brat 3 (my niece) also is on the quieter side  and I shudder to think when she tries to catch up.

The last Brat 1, 2 and I traveled together was to Barog in 2009, they were college students then. Now both of them work! I had almost forgotten what fun it is to travel with them.

Brat 2 and I at Galle, Sri Lanka

Brat 2 and I at Galle, Sri Lanka

At Sri Lanka almost all the time there was a constant chatter next to me! As I said he can talk to himself if need be and a topic is not necessary! And when I went to Shillong right after it, it was way too quiet for my liking. I actually like peace and quiet. I can happily be by myself but traveling on one trip after the other, one with a chatter box and one without, brought out a different perspective.

Brat 2 has done an internship in Russia and on the Unawatuna roads he would often say to me, “Bua that person is a Russian.” He said it so many times that I got openly skeptical!

Prakash, The Boatman at Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka

Prakash, The Boatman at Koggala Lake, Sri Lanka

Then came a boat ride where the young lad who steered the boat told us, “Ninety percent of the tourists in this region are Russian. And I am learning Russian.” And after that I just had it, he kept telling me, “Why would you believe me? It has to be another person who has to say the same.”

Brat 1 has yet not got a passport neither has Brat 4 but one day I want to travel with all the four and see how it goes! Hopefully I will still have some black hair on my head after such a trip. In the end I have to traveling with chatter boxes is a lot of fun!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

anjan roy May 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

It’s always nice to have someone who sweeps you out of your mind…when you are traveling…!!!


Mridula May 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

Ha ha that is one way of looking at it!


Kumar Suhas May 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Great to have a chatterbox with you while travelling , I personally prefer having one.


Mridula May 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Me too :D


Mridula May 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Meena he must have read the comment :D

My Say I will agree, they make great company and they are good boys :D

Thumbelina nephews and nieces are a boon!

Thank you Lady Fi.

Easwar I hope your wife doesn’t follow your comments!!!

Thanks Farzana and Ali.

Madhu thank you for the heart warming comment :D

Murthy thank you.

Vishal amen to that!


vishalrathod76 May 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

May your wish to travel with all four be fulfilled soon .

Travel India


Murthy May 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Beautiful picture..!


Madhu Bhardwaj (@madconnection) May 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Heart warming post Mridula.
Long live the brats. Chatter boxes or not.


farzana & aliasgarmukhtiar May 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Hey nice clicks and a nice read


Easwar Arumugam May 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

He looks great. By the way I too have a Brat at home for a wife.[smile]


Lady Fi May 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

What great companions!


Thumbelina81 May 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

I have always been with the nephews and nieces, right from their kindergarden to their driving licenses. so yes, the bond is very special. My nephews are not chatterboxes , infact lost in their own world most of the times. so im glad you have one fro company. Loved your pics.


My Say May 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm

chatter boxes often make a great company .. I am one of them :D
Good boys !! :)


Meena Menon May 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm

He looks a hansome hunk ;)


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