Farewell to India

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2010

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Well, after one month, we are ready to move on from India. Despite Paul's back, it has been an incredible month.  We confined our visit to Kerala, Delhi and Agra because of Paul’s injury, but we felt we had an incredible experience.  From the frenetic, wild pace of the bazaars of Delhi to the quiet, rustic backwaters of Kerala, we were able to get a little taste of what this amazing country has to offer.  We tasted pretty incredible food as well – it was a great visit.

Eleven years ago, when Paul first came to India, he received a wonderful bit of advice by the man sitting next to him on the plane.  The man was named Rupal and he grew up in Mumbai (Bombay), but moved to the US to work in the software business.  He flew back to India every year to visit family.  He said that there is no other place in the world like India.  You can look down and see some of the worst poverty and filth and pollution in the world.  You can also look up and see beauty and colors and sites that are incredible, magical and unlike anything you will ever see in your life.  He ended by saying "I encourage you to look up".  That proved to be our mantra while we were here, and it served us well.

We ended our trip back in Delhi and went out to see a few more sites.  We have included pictures of the Red Fort and of the Western Bazaar.  We had to take harrowing rickshaw rides to get from our hostel to the Red Fort.  It was a good microcosm of the entire trip here – wild, unpredictable, a little dirty, often uncomfortable, yet it paid off in the end.   We had to look down occasionally, but mostly we kept our heads up.

Here’s to looking up.

Keep living the dream; this ain’t no dress rehearsal.

-          Paul and Jenny
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Tom Ruhl on


It sounds as if you have had the experience of a lifetime. I had an Indian curry soup for lunch, and have been watching an OPB ptrogram about the history of India. In the late middle ages, it was the most advanced country in the world and the buildings, manuscripts and complexity of the multi-dynamic Indian culture attest to that fact.

It does not seem possible that it is March 1. The year has sped by. I look forward to your safe return.

Be well,


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