Our last post was on Malaysia, but we were actually there a whole two weeks ago. Myanmar put a major delay on real-time blogging thanks to a lack of good/any Internet, and once we got to India, let’s face it, IST (Indian Standard Time) kicked in. This is my opportunity to catch you up to speed.
We’re currently idling by at a beachside resort in Kannur, Kerala, but the clock is ticking. Our trip is almost over. On October 16, my backpack and I will head to the Delhi airport and board a plane bound for New Jersey. Yikes!
So the question is: What have we got left?
Well, kind of a lot, and Eaman and I are not going home at the same time. Allow me to explain.
Tomorrow we have a long day of travel to Jaipur (via trains, planes and automobiles), and after a couple days of palace-viewing, Bollywood-watching and city suffocation, we’ll most likely head to a small town four hours from Jaipur. On September 29, we’ll train it to Agra to see the almighty Taj Mahal, and then finally, on October 1, we make our final transport haul together to Delhi.
In Delhi, we’ll get to see friends — yay familiar faces! — but most of our stay will be spent at a 10-day silent meditation retreat outside the city. I’m extremely nervous about it — the one-hour meditation we did in Vientiane was so painful and difficult — but I’m sure 10 days of 4:30 am wake-up calls and two meals a day must reap some benefit. I hope.
And then that’s it! Two days after our meditation retreat, I’m flying home. That same day, Eaman is flying to Iran to backpack for six weeks. This is his opportunity to explore his home country the way I’m doing with India and for a length of time that’d be difficult to get once he starts working. I am dying, dying, dying, dying, did I mention dying? to go to Iran, but I’m broke at this point, and as an unmarried couple, we’d have to stay in, and thus pay for, two separate rooms. I know I’ll go in the future, but now isn’t the time.
So that’s where we’re headed, that’s where we’ll be and that’s how this 13-month journey together will end.