Travel journal: India, the Sub-continent page 1

November 6, 2013
travel journal

Too heavy for today’s weight limit

There was a day when writers kept beautiful, leather-bound and corded travel journals.  Even the act of opening them seemed imbued with the exotic.  I can’t say that my MacBook Air is as romantic, but it’s definitely faster and with airline weight limits, I can’t take both.

We are off to India today, the Land of the Raj, the Sub-continent.

SFO to Frankfurt: 11 hours  /  Layover 2.5 hours   /  Frankfurt to Mumbai: almost 9 hours and we land at 1:35 a.m.  Mumbai time is 13.5 hours ahead of us.

Here’s what I know about India today:

bollywoodI love Bollywood movies, especially the dance numbers.

Indian-foodIndian food is delicious. I meet my friend S at our fave Indian place down the street every chance we get. Here’s to you, S!

25india1The poverty and cruelty of Indian life meant I couldn’t get past the first few scenes of Slumdog Millionaire, although I did read Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers and recommend it. I expect my heart will be engaged in ways I can’t yet imagine.

deetI’m afraid of Deet but I’m more afraid of the anti-malarial drug and malaria.  Yeah, gonna stink for the vacation.

Pushkar Fair 2009The annual Pushkar Camel Fair is a cacophony of color, camels & craziness. We are camping there for one or two nights. Well, more like “glamping.” Thank God. Here is our tent:

superior2If you know me, you know this is the only way I would ever camp and if you think I’m bad, you should meet my husband.

Here’s the bathroom. Yes, a marble tub.

superior_bathPerhaps you get that this is the only way I could get M. to India.

Decorated_Indian_elephantThere are elephants and I’ll have a chance to ride one. Someone will memorialize my look of terror with a camera, I’m sure.

There you have it. The sum total of my knowledge of India.

I have my camera, my Air and, I hope, good internet.

And my adorable, fabulous husband.

Yes, I’ll be blogging along the way. And there will be non-India posts I’ve already scheduled.

Catch you from what the Brits used to call

the Jewel in the Crown.

3 comments on “Travel journal: India, the Sub-continent page 1
  1. Barbara says:

    Bon Voyage – a trip of a lifetime, I’m sure – and a tent from my dreams. How romantic and exotic. Have a fabulous time.

  2. How fun! I’d like to camp out in a tent like that.

    I’m sure you will have a terrific time in India, and bring back lots and lots of great stories from there. Extreme poverty is very hard to see. I look forward to your thoughts and feelings from your experience.

    Take care, and safe travels! (And all of those previous travelers would kill for your Air. I’m just sure of it.)

  3. Carole Evans says:

    I’m looking forward to following your journey. Can’t wait to travel vicariously with you!


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