Returning to Canada

This last week we have been planning our departure from India. Every day here has been a gift – we are well rested, renewed and have both received insights and even revelations about life, each other, the world and our place in it. I think we are both ready to embrace our Canadian life and are looking forward to a few simple things. In addition to our friends and family – there is ‘cold’ – anything cold would be wonderful. I am not a cold-drink person, but after 4 months of everything being room temperature or warm (including milk, smoothies, yogurt, soda…….) even I am looking forward to a cold drink! Good bread – our/western style of bread (yeast-type) is not an Indian thing, so what they have done to try to duplicate the western palate is to create this white bread that is slightly sweet. i never want to see another piece of that again – and am looking forward to some good rye and multi-grain style breads. Joseph is looking forward to some cheese, as here it is only processed stuff from a can. I am looking forward to sitting on our couch – which is soft. we have spent hours in hard wood chairs in restaurants, busses, trains, boats, our room furniture etc etc. the furniture is built of very solid wood. I am looking forward to getting out of bed, wandering into our kitchen and making myself a cup of tea in the morning and looking into our garden. Not getting up, getting dressed, walking 20 minutes through the crazy streets, (dodging holes, rickshaws, cows, garbage, buses, low hanging power wires etc etc) choosing a place to eat and waiting a half hour for a cup of tea. Today we are going to the beach – taking a little ferry ( the kind you see on TV that loooks so decrepit and ready to sink and you think – I would never get on one of those!) and then a 45 minute bus ride (and 2 km rickshaw ride) to the most exquisite, mostly deserted, coconut tree lined beach. We will pack some bananas, pineapple, cashews and water. I have my umbrella to shield my head. I swim in my clothes (since women’s bare skin is not OK) but Steve and Joseph will swim in their shorts. that’s OK – the water is beautiful clear and warm. Last time porpoises swam past us and little tropical fish (probably some of the same kinds we buy for our aquariums) swim right next to me. ahhhhh……………….
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Here is Joseph in a music store trying out some flutes. You are seeing the entire store in this picture – it was amazing what they fit into this little space under a stairway. Me waiting for a street treat – warm cooked sweet potatoes with lime juice and chillie powder – delicious!

Sunbay – we have paneer tikki subway sandwich.


Our wonderful family in Kerala.

This last week we have been planning our departure from India. Every day here has been a gift – we are well rested, renewed and have both received insights and even revelations about life, each other, the world and our place in it.

I think we are both ready to embrace our Canadian life and are looking forward to a few simple things. In addition to our friends and family – there is ‘cold’ – anything cold would be wonderful. I am not a cold-drink person, but after 4 months of everything being room temperature or warm (including milk, smoothies, yogurt, soda…….) even I am looking forward to a cold drink! Good bread – our/western style of bread (yeast-type) is not an Indian thing, so what they have done to try to duplicate the western palate is to create this white bread that is slightly sweet. i never want to see another piece of that again – and am looking forward to some good rye and multi-grain style breads. Joseph is looking forward to some cheese, as here it is only processed stuff from a can. I am looking forward to sitting on our couch – which is soft. we have spent hours in hard wood chairs in restaurants, busses, trains, boats, our room furniture etc etc. the furniture is built of very solid wood.

I am looking forward to getting out of bed, wandering into our kitchen and making myself a cup of tea in the morning and looking into our garden. Not getting up, getting dressed, walking 20 minutes through the crazy streets, (dodging holes, rickshaws, cows, garbage, buses, low hanging power wires etc etc) choosing a place to eat and waiting a half hour for a cup of tea.

Today we are going to the beach – taking a little ferry ( the kind you see on TV that loooks so decrepit and ready to sink and you think – I would never get on one of those!) and then a 45 minute bus ride (and 2 km rickshaw ride) to the most exquisite, mostly deserted, coconut tree lined beach. We will pack some bananas, pineapple, cashews and water. I have my umbrella to shield my head. I swim in my clothes (since women’s bare skin is not OK) but Steve and Joseph will swim in their shorts. that’s OK – the water is beautiful clear and warm. Last time porpoises swam past us and little tropical fish (probably some of the same kinds we buy for our aquariums) swim right next to me. ahhhhh………………..

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