Preparing for India

Making Lists: When I first made the decision to go to India, I immediately began making lists in my head of what I needed to take with me. First on my list was a notebook to jot down my impressions (I need to express myself or I start to founder). Second on the list was my new camera, which I hadn’t really learned to use yet (my love of visual expression equals my love of verbal expression), so I’ve been playing with the camera and getting better with it.

2013-06-29 10.34.5687500The Legalities of Travel: The lists stayed in my head for a while before I made any more purchases. In retrospect, not a very practical approach but it does reveal the way I plan most events in my life. The delay in my shopping was due in part to seeing to my passport and visa. My, how that cost has gone up since last I traveled off the continent! This step also made me aware of my age when I saw how many passports I had in my passport file folder. Nevertheless, I now have passport in hand, and I would share the photo with you, but I think only people I don’t know at all should have to look at that picture (my entire head is drooping!).

Sebastian Wanting to Go to India

Sebastian Wanting to Go to India

Shopping for the Trip: Shopping included a new rolling backpack, which I love, and then an endless list of small items that everyone kept telling me I would need in India. I think I’m finally done with shopping. Packing is next and with this step, the anticipation begins. I feel the reality of the trip. It’s taking shape in my mind. I’m going to India!

Note: Sebastian, by the way is not going to India with me :-( .

Off to India—The Land of Veda

 

The Ganges River Known as Mother Ganga

The Ganges River
Known as Mother Ganga

Going to India: I leave for India in two weeks, my first trip there. I can hardly believe it. The Taj Mahal. The Ganges. Rishikesh. The Cave of Vasistha. Maybe the exotic step wells or a passing elephant. The Monsoon season. The crowds, the cobras, the dust, the . . . Oops, going off track. Back to land of Veda.

The India Connections: After meditating for most of my adult life, I do feel a connection to India even though I’ve never been. I somehow expect to feels at home, despite any challenges of heat or crowds, of dust or rain. I want to enter the temples and feel the silence. I want to step in the Ganges and feel the connection to all rivers. I want to relax into a culture that is both exotic and familiar to me.

Far, Far Away: So, passport and visa in hand, I anticipate that the next two weeks will fly by, and soon my friends and I will be boarding Air India. Hmmm . . did I mention the 15-hour flight? Oh, forYogic Flying perfected!

My Travelogue: I’ll be blogging about my experiences throughout my trip, so check back in and see what’s happening. I’m trying out a new camera so hopefully the images alone will be worth your stopping by. I’ll try to announce each post on Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, just check back each week. Namaste.