‘Our bags are packed, we’re almost ready to go…..it’s going to be, a really, really long day….’ Flying Seattle to Paris, and then Paris to Mumbai. I’m about to embark on a marvelous adventure to India – bringing along 2 of my kids and meeting up with my husband who is already there. Dave works for http://www.unitusseedfund.com. He’s been traveling back and forth to India quite a bit over the past year and now we get to join him 🙂 I’m giddy with excitement and delight as I embark with the kids on this traveling adventure. I’ll hopefully post along the way, with photos as we travel to Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Bangalore.
Before I set off I’m reminded of some lines from John O’Donahue’s blessing for The Traveler:
‘Every time you leave home, another road takes you into a world you were never in. New strangers on other paths await. New places that have never seen you will startle a little at your entry. Old places that know you well will pretend nothing changed since your last visit…A journey can become a sacred thing: make sure, before you go, to take the time to bless your going forth, to free your heart of ballast… may you travel in an awakened way, gathered wisely into your inner ground; that you may not waste the invitations which wait along the way to transform you.’
When I was a young girl I fell in love with traveling. I am amazed at how my hearts desire for visiting far away places and other cultures has unfolded over the years. I am thankful and grateful; this is my 4th visit to India, and each time I have encountered new experiences, delightful encounters, and both disturbing and challenging cultural experiences. India is a fascinating, beautiful, challenging and remarkable country and nation. I wonder what people/situations/experiences will unfold this time? Let the ‘giddiness’ begin.