We've had our shots, our bags are getting packed. Attached to this entry are some of the faces we wish we could take with us!
As of today, Blair is prematurely released from school with our BC teachers planning to strike for 3 days next Monday and we leave for our journey on Thursday. For him. this is of course an auspicious beginning to an already magical trip.
We have three of Daisy and Jerry's devotees taking care of them in our absence, first Tessie, then Becca and finally our niece Nandi who we will first see in Kullu where she will leave shortly after we do. Clark's sister Leslie is pondering the possibility of joining us in Rajasthan, which would be very fun.
Planning this voyage has been fascinating. With the help of the Internet and our family and friends in India, we've been able to construct a great itinerary that will allow us a glimpse of the Himalayas, Rajasthan's desert and the tropical coast of Goa - vastly different cultural and geographic areas. I laugh when I think of how different this trip is compared to the type of India trip i would have done years ago. Age certainly brings a need for comfort!
Taking Ellen's and Sharon's suggestion, I am reading Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies, and will move on to Behind the Beautiful Forevers:Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.