‘ON EVERY TRIP TO GREECE, I DISCOVER NEW THINGS AND HIDDEN GEMS’
Sandeep Das believes that travel can offer you learnings that are often not possible in the comfort of a daily routine. His love for all things mythological has taken him on multiple trips to Greece, where he relished not only the delicious cuisine, but a
TRAVEL HAS INSPIRED MY WORK
There’s a lot of things that travel can offer you. It can widen your horizons, open up a world of experiences and opportunities; but most of all it is an education. While travelling, you go through experiences that are not possible in the comfort zone of your daily life. These could even be the people you meet; people seated right next to you on a flight or at a bar. These chance encounters are perhaps the best thing about travelling. In several ways, my travels have been an inspiration for me at work and even in my personal life. For example, the inspiration for Scootsy came from a company called Tok Tok Tok, a French company that runs a concierge service. I saw a commercial for the company and even met a bunch of people that worked with them. We were already planning to start Scootsy around then, but this visit to Paris helped fast track our launch here in Mumbai.
THE MAGICAL LURE OF GREECE
Choosing one memorable travel experience would be very difficult because there have been so many! However, if I had to choose one, it would definitely be Greece. My first trip to the country was in 2009, at a time when the ATMs in the country were not dispensing any cash. What struck me was that everyone looked happy in the midst of such a huge crisis. Their resilience and sense of contentment was unbelievable! I have always had a keen interest in architecture, history, and art and mythology, and that is what prompted my first visit to Greece. Across the country, you will find something noteworthy in terms of culture and architecture. For example, in Athens, you will find places that have incredible stories behind them. I visited the stadium where the first Olympics were held. It’s impossible to describe the feeling when you’re standing in the stadium - you feel like you’ve been transported to the time of that historical event. It’s almost like you can hear the crowds cheering around you. It’s surreal! Another place I will never forget is Meteora, a place in central Greece where there are monasteries on top of a cliff. There are communities of hermit monks that live there. I have never seen anything like that before; it was amazing! I even visited a place near Delphi that was made famous by the movie 300. Since my first visit in 2009, I have visited the country thrice, each time discovering new things and hidden gems, and I am certain there is more to see. So, there will definitely be a fourth, fifth and sixth visit too! On my next visits, I would like to explore and spend time in the old, traditional Greek villages.
ON THE FOOD TRAIL
I have eaten some incredible food in Greece on every visit. There is a street close to the Centre Square in Athens just off the library that is lined with restaurants, with most of the seating outdoors. It’s great to just sit there, tuck into some fantastic gyro rolls and salads, and take in the sights and sounds around you. My favourite dining experience in Greece however was at a restaurant called Kiki’s, on the island of Mykonos. It is a small, family-run restaurant at the edge of a hill, so while you’re dining there, there’s nothing in front of you except the sea. Despite the fact that it is a no-frills place with zero marketing, it is very popular among tourists and there is often a queue outside for tables. Their food is divine; but what really makes everything extra special is the quaintness of the place and the breathtaking view.