The #Lodgycal Weekend

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Life has an interesting way of getting you out of your complacency. I have been a blogger for many years now. My first contribution to virtual world of literature happened in the good ol' days of DesiBaba, in the form of poetry, but then life happened and my writing became very sporadic.

Heading a start-up, raising a daughter, excuses got easy and writing tough. I hardly met new people then outside work and it was doing no good to me as a person! As I said in the beginning, life decided to spice-it-up a notch for me. I won the BlogAdda contest to attend the exclusive experience or Renault Lodgy in Goa being part of a 40 strong blogger contingent!

To read the winning post and more about Renault Lodgy, check this.

Being a travel-blogger even a remote idea of travel is exciting to us. Goa has always been on our list, for some reason or the other, never happened. Thus, I traveled to the land of fun n' frolic with a whole gang of fellow bloggers from Bangalore. Tiger, Madhu and I traveled together to airport. When creative people meet, conversations are easy. We all were happy and excited and talked and giggled like never before.

As part of the events, we were required to participate in various activities, which started right from our check-in. Then I met Ankit, my teammate for this event apart from Jobo & Ayan.
We reached Goa (no pics as photography at defense air-ports is not allowed). We were led to our coach with other bloggers who were assembling from various places. Ankit, Jobo, Ayan & I were part of a team. We named our team - PenDrive.

We met at the airport! Our coach took us to the hotel - The Leela Kempinsky resort.

We had a smooth checkin, courtesy BlogAdda's efficient team.

It might just be providence, but I could not help noticing that the Leela staff helping us in the checkin were named Vasudev & Arjun

What an amazing start I thought :) Leela is an amazing property, more about it later. Here are few pics just as teaser!

Went to room, took little rest and headed to beach. Weather was amaaazing, wind was strong, overlook of the beach surreal! See Prateek battling hard to hold the umbrella!

And few pics of surrealism!

Returned from the beach for the evening opening session where the new Renault Lodgy's feature, Renault's legacy and features were unveiled for us. There was short introduction of bloggers.

This was followed by a treasure-hunt. And of-course our team PenDrive won the treasure hunt which involved collecting alphabet from #LiveLodgycal and piecing together the hashtag. After socializing with fellow bloggers over dinner, it was time for calling it day and being ready for the main event the next day!

Here are few evening shots from my room -

Next day started with early morning pic activity, here are my captures -

Got ready and it was time for breakfast.

After a sumptuous breakfast, we were ready for our drive. Plan was to drive from Leela to Lalit Ashok, participating in a tweet-fest where we were supposed to spot stuff on the way. Our Lodgy was slick and shining was waiting for us in all its glory and off we went on our quest!

Lodgy is a comfortable MUV, it is very comfortable, so much so that I took a short nap! As we drove along, we took pictures along the way and had a true gala time! We also had Shreyas for the company. We used his ProCam to shoot interesting videos too. It was truly a fun filled ride, trying to spot stuff being live tweeted by BlogAdda team. And Lodgy was our trusted friend, ferrying us from one spot to another comfortably. We were supposed to spot a lady with pink umbrella, a man with red shorts, fish, mango tree, yellow house, among others and here are few pics.

The red car we had to spot -
Lady with Pink Umbrella -

Man (child) with Red Shorts -

And thus we reached Lalit Ashok. Weather again was surreal, see pics :)

Too bad, we did not have time for Beach Shack and had to head for lunch.

And this pathway led to our sumptuous meal -

Bloggers cannot miss a chance for group discussion, can they?

Our Lodgy waits for us for us.

 The 10 Lodgy cars, ready for the cavalcade back -

We had lunch at Lalit Ashok and it was time to drive  back.

We drove slow this time, savoring the beauty of nature.

When Goa calls, how long you can shy away from temptation. Well team wanted to have some Jolly time and we spotted Jolly bar, just the place for interesting conversations.

And we were back to hotel in time to be ready for evening session. There were interesting stories shared and we had a good time.

And finally the event concluded with cocktail party, dance & dinner! Forefront - a truly wonderful Goan band gave us company and all the jazz required to make it a truly memorable evening! We danced, and danced, and danced to our hearts content.

Next day, slept late and it was time to checkout and go back our lives in another world! Thus having lived a truly #Lodgycal Weekend, we were ready to take the world head on. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet really cool people, make new friends, have interesting conversations and feel truly alive.

Not only I made friends, I also took an impromptu lesson in photography from Giri of Phonelicious fame. Murtaza helped in testing my newly polished skills -

Not too bad I guess. Giri, did I make you proud?

And thus came the time to say Hasta la vista to our newly minted friends. Until next time folks -

The Lodgycal Gang -

Thank you Renault India & BlogAdda for giving us this opportunity, what a #Lodgycal weekend it was!

Need I say we are already ready for the next :)

While you are at it, you may want to take a look at our impromptu skit we did for showcasing how spacious Lodgy is:

And if you are still hooked, here is another one :)

 I was a part of the #LiveLodgycal Drive by in association with Renault India

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant post Piyush!!! I loved both the videos soooo much!!!! :)