Goa - Last ride of '17

The second half of the last year flew by faster than I expected. The last couple of months were packed with travel plans. Started off with annual friends trip to Taipei in early November, Ezhimala later that month and finally a couple of weeks in Philippines till mid December. It was going to be a great end to the year. Didn’t mean it couldn’t get even better. Getting last week off from work ensured I could squeeze in one last thing that was on my mind since I moved back to India six months ago: a long road trip.

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Mt Pugh, North Cascades, WA

It was a bit early to start venturing out into the mountains considering the long winters PNW was going through, but we were sick of staying indoors. Who wasn’t. Mt Pugh was on my list for a while so we headed out to the mountains with the first sunny weekend we got. I was pretty sure we wouldn’t be able to get to the top of the summit this time of the year but who cares, we’ll go again.

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Medellin, Colombia

We decided to conclude our trip in Medellin to get a taste of one of most cosmopolitan cities in Colombia. Due to lack of time, we didn’t plan a stop in Cali this time, but that’s something we’ll definitely be back for. Especially after we witnessed the people from respective cities trying to one-up each other to prove which one is better. We noticed this divide across all our conversations with Colombians.

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Santa Marta, Colombia

Being a bit late on publishing this, I’m going to make it a picture blog with some trip notes interspersed. The main reason for us heading to Santa Marta was to get some hiking experience in the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. We later figured out that the weather and other conditions weren’t right at the time for venturing out into the ranges. Luckily, we had a plan B, and Tyrona National Park offered similar getaway opportunities.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Continuing our journey after spending a day in Bogota, the next stop we made was in Cartagena. A friend of mine had been there few months before and this place came highly recommended by him. A quick Google image search and few minutes later, Cartagena was added to our list. We luckily got the last few bunk beds in the hostel called El Viajero. Frankly, this was one of the last available places and we had to quickly make a decision.

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Olympic National Park, WA

Hiking in the Olympic National Park was one of the first agenda items for Summer 2017. Karan had already made plans to fly to Seattle while on his trip to US and Venky, too, applied for a few days of leave. We decided on the second weekend of May which, at the time, seemed like a good time to start exploring the great Washington outdoors. Apparently weather had different plans for us.

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Bogota, Colombia

The planning for a South American backpacking trip started in early January and Chile was the first choice. In fact, Chile was the only choice at that time and we didn’t even want to consider any other options. Reality hit us hard soon enough. It turns out having an Indian passport is a big no-no for a “lot” of countries, even though, surprise surprise, all Indians don’t want to permanently migrate there to take their jobs.

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Amazon S3 operations using signed url's

Amazon S3 is one of the most popular services in AWS suite and has SDK’s available for almost all popular languages and frameworks. One core aspect of our microservice architecture at Shippable is that all services interact with a common API service which serves as the only point of contact for CRUD operations and permission resolution for all objects in the system. One important function of API is to provide credentials to any requesting microservice e.

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Camping at Gothic Basin

It was roughly the last weekend of September 2015 when me and Venky attempted Gothic Basin hike for the first time. Heavy rains and presence of just one car at the trailhead parking lot were discouraging enough for us to abandon our plans. I was longing to go to this place for more than a year now and it was time. I wanted to take it a step further and make this an overnight camping trip.

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