I'm leaving for my India trip today and (I guess I should have expected it, but) I'm a wee bit nervous. After tutoring my dad about how to take care of The Boys (no, he won't have to make cat food, but he knows how to now), I'm sure they are in good hands. I've also left someone competant in charge of my project, so that'll be fine too.
I came up with a good bag strategy. I don't know how much lugging stuff around we'll be doing, so I'm taking a backpack as my bag. However, with the straps and all, it wouldn't travel well through the baggage handling, so I bought a very large, but compactable bag that will provide the necessary protection during plane travel. I also am taking an extra bag for stuff bought along the way. That sounds like a lot, but all of the extra bags fit handily in the bottom of the backpack, which, when packed, ended up being a little over half full.
I'll be flying into Newark, and from there to New Delhi. My friends, Bret and Cheryl, have promised to meet me at the airport, but gave me the name and address of a lady they know in Delhi, just in case. In a few days, we'll be travelling via bus or train to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. After that, I believe we'll be going into Northern India, where the Himalayas touch India.
I hope to be able to get online and post updates, but I'm not sure. It'll depend on two things: availability of internet and the habits of my travelling companions.
I will miss you all and will come back with lots of pictures and stories to entertain you. Behave in the comments section. Janiece and Nathan are authorized to use the Shovel of Doom and Grill of Retribution respectively.
Bye for now...