KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
If you have been following my journal, you will know that Kajal is the daughter of Anil’s only sister, Manju. We visited with Deven and Kajal (in Mumbai) during our first year of travels when they were awaiting the arrival of their first child. Parth made his entrance on Jan 1, 2007 and we met him for the first time when he was three months old. We were back to see his progress during our second year of travels and delighted in seeing him walking (running really) and learning to talk. Now it was time for the Pabarus to make their way to Canada but unfortunately their schedule meant that they were coming to visit us when we were still ‘homeless’.
This meant that the five of us needed to bunk in with Raj and Vy and then Adia and Geoff in their two-bedroom apartments. It was quite an adjustment for all concerned, but it was really hardest on wee Parth as he was dealing with jet lag, strangers, car seats, strollers and inflatable beds all at the same time. Needless to say, he wasn’t the happiest of campers. In spite of the upsets, we were able to show Deven and Kajal some of the highlights of Vancouver and they especially like the opportunity to walk near the ocean and visit several of the wonderful green spaces in and around Raj’s apartment.
We spent one whole afternoon at Granville Island where Parth enjoyed feeding with the pigeons and playing with the hoses in the children’s water park. Apparently, he loves cement trucks and he was over the moon because there is a large cement factory on Granville Island and there were huge trucks travelling on and off the island all afternoon – we would point them out to him whenever he needed to be distracted.