And So It All Begins

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 08, 2012

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 1 of 170 odd and oh dear, here come the tears! I think I had done quite well up until today to avoid crying. But, I can't deny it, it was a very emotional departure from Southend on Sea! All the family were there, except Susie who chickened out of a proper goodbye the night before!

The last supper (well,lunch) was William's "dream" lasagne. Wish I had thought to take a photo of everyone as they waved me off. It would have been a cracker although perhaps might have spoiled the moment a bit! Lucky to have great family and friends, but it does make it a lot harder to make the break! Still, I've done it now so no need to dwell.

Dad the Chauffeur ferried me safely to Heathrow in plenty of time to catch my night flight (thankfully no turbulence). Got almost no sleep probably due to nerves and anticipation.

Luggage arrived intact which I was relieved at because I had a sudden though part way through the flight that I hadn't tightened the buckles- had visions of me chasing pairs of knickers around the luggage carousel. Seemed to have worried for nothing- sound familiar Mum?? Haha

Found hidden notes in my luggage from Mum and Leah, Rich and Eva- sneaky!!!

First impressions of Delhi are that its much colder than I expected. Regretting leaving my long PJs at home! It was a big wrench and I could use them about now! Unfortuately as the shower was also cold, so I had to put my Glastonbury training to good use and be as sparing as possible with the water- a good thing anyway I guess. Apart from the weather I haven't really managed to get a proper sense of what the city is like yet. Will get on that tomorrow when the tour starts!! Just wanted to get of the mark as I know Annabel (my eldest neice) is looking forward to finding India on her globe and marking it off!
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Lib on

Loving the blog, you have a nice style of writing. Looking forward to lots more posts, we're getting busy with the stickers on the globe already, isn't father christms clever to bringit just before your trip. Your travelling is going to be an education for us all x

walkerian on

Journey to Heathrow took 1 hr 45 minutes only door-to-door - but the roundabout turn off at M4 was totally grid locked 20 mins after dropping you off ! At that stage I did not give a jot tho - having got you to the church ahead of time = only minutes later and total carnage on the road - just sat there thinking what might have been !

Looking forward to seeing plenty photos posted - using the new camera - learn to use the timer so we can see some with you in them :-)


Beck on

Wow what a good ideal,cant wait for the next episode xx

Mary on

Glad you found you note, Leah and I must have had the same idea. I'm looking forward to seeing some photos of you in a sari! Don't speak to any strange men. Love Mum xxx

Nat on

Glad you are there safe and sound Cath! The Jahanfar's all say hello.....Lots of love x x x

maryfairy on

Looking forward to the next instalment

catherinewalker on

Thanks for all your comments- each one made me smile x

Leah Walker on

Love the Blog so far, and will support you like Rich said by eating curry!
I got Eva a map of the world and showed her where you were, and she said 'No, Catherine Nana and pop pops house! ' hope you are enjoyin xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

catherinewalker on

Yes, good work Walkers- curry, curry, curry!! Eva such a clever girl!! Having a great time- the tour is really busy and all the people are really nice so it's been a success so far! Xxx

lukeandloumann on

Hi - found you! as I have commented am now a legitimate stalker which is great as usually I am just one of the silent people. Looking forward to reading more. xx

Carole on

Oh sweetheart just started reading your travel blog... Now I'm a mummy you really don't get a spare minute! Ha I love the way you write - I have being giggling already at the knickers on the luggage wheel already! Can't wait to read on. Take care hunie, oh and by the way a blue blanket too would be lovely .. Frankie loves his lemon one xxxxx

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