Thursday, October 22, 2009

One month on the road

Big apologies for not keeping up with this more... but I will have plenty to write about - of course when I get some time, which lately isn't on my side. Things have been happening so quickly, but I am taking notes and tons of photos.

I'm slightly saddened that we are 1/4 through our trip, but everything has been even more exciting and wonderful than I ever could have anticipated. I'm also amazed at how much my views have been challenged and how each and every day I learn something new. (We saw this little plaque in Kathmandu and I thought it was so fitting.)

My bags are already bursting with beautiful clothes and souvenirs. That's the biggest downside of being gone for so long. Fortunately the memories will last a lifetime.

This is a photo from one of (if not the) highest bar in the world. It's located in Bangkok and the view is absolutely incredible.

... and that's just the beginning.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

hello - namaste!

Just a quick note to let you all know we are safe and staying very busy seeing so many wonderful things. We never quite knew how a trip like this would feel - being constantly on the road and missing those luxuries from home.

After almost 10 days of travel I can say that we've been distracted enough to not miss home too much yet. Missing people is another story, so keep those emails coming to let us know how life is where you are!

We started our trip in India with visits to New Delhi, Jaipur, and of course Agra for the Taj Mahal. Some days we had a 5 hour drive, but it was really nice to see the city outskirts - even though we really weren't prepared for a lot of what we saw. I think our driver said it best, 'Money - big problem'. Social issues always stress me and I think I take them on as my own, so this hasn't exactly been a relaxing get away. Even so, I wouldn't have it any other way. People here are very grateful that we come to their countries and that we have an interest in their cultures.

It's still taking a lot of time to process, but thankfully Stefan and I are going through this together and can talk about it all. I have to say I have one amazing partner in crime.

Right now we are in Kathmandu, Nepal where were are taking in another culture and at times sweltering our lives away with 90F / 32C temps.

There is so much to see and the sites and colors here are absolutely striking. I still can't get over how welcoming everyone has been.

I will try to get some photos up soon. Working on a tiny netbook does make me miss my Mac. I completely have to relearn how to use a PC, which I should have done before we left!