Namaste – New Year, New Adventures

Our love affair with Asia continues & 2016 begins with us heading back to that part of the world, this time to India. As you read this we are in Toronto, patiently waiting for our plane to depart.

WHY India? Well, that certainly is the million dollar (or most frequent) question we get & to be honest our biggest motivation is to experience a culture very different from our own & of course escape the cold Canadian winter. Anyone who has ever been to India has told us to expect the unexpected, the bureaucracy will frustrate, the food will take us on a wild culinary trip, traditions will thrill & it will definitely be a life-changing, enriching, spiritual experience. So WHY not go?

Our 3-month trek starts in Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) & the Bollywood capital of India. From there we will head south to Panjim the capital of Goa, Hampi, Bangalore, Mysore, the backwaters of Kerala, Chennai, etc. before heading north to the sacred city of Varanasi & then the region known as the Golden Triangle. Our mode of travel throughout the country will vary – train, plane, bus, automobile, tuk-tuk, & perhaps even camel!  While we have a general game plan, we will still ‘wing-it’ along the way, so who really knows where we will end up or for how long. We are certainly wiser from past misadventures, but will no doubt be tested by new ones.

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You will once again be treated with interesting tidbits of the various places we shall visit (some more history lessons for you James) & of course pictures, lots & lots of pictures!

With that we will leave you with a favourite quote from the essay ‘Why We Travel’ by author Pico Iyer.

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” – Pico Iyer

~ Namaste ~