Friday, June 22, 2012

I'm Back Again - Friday, June 22, 2012, 11:41AM

Building in New Delhi, India

Well, back home in the cool San Francisco Bay area, it's Thursday night, 11:15PM.  I'm
in a state of perpetual confusion, living between India and the Golden Gate Bridge.  I
enjoyed my brief two and a half months at home though I never could seem to get warm.
After the 25 pound weight loss during my last India visit, I seemed to feel the cool
temperatures much more.  Since all my clothes were packed to the ceiling in storage, I
couldn't even access them.  I, finally, ordered a couple of pairs of sweats and bought a
heating pad so I could sleep comfortably!  Also, even with wining and dining ( oh, it
was so wonderful to have good wine again ) with family and friends, I managed to keep
off the weight!  Hopefully, I'll lose a bit more this go round and return to delight my
orthopedist even more.

My flight to India this time was much longer than last.  I went from Oakland to Seattle on
Alaska Airlines, then from Seattle to Seoul on Korean Airlines.  After a three hour layover,
I continued on Korean Airlines to Mumbai.  It was my first flight ever on Korean Airlines
and the service was superb - as were the meals.  I chose Korean food both flights -
yummy - and even got kimchi the second meal.   Once, when I accidentally hit the call
light, a flight attendant appeared instantaneously.

Street vendors in Patiala, Punjab, India

I am excited about being able to spend a month in Jaipur which will be on the radar
of more Americans since the release of  "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".  I saw the
movie twice in one week.  I have already arranged for my friend and taxi driver, Lala,
to pick me up at the airport.  We have stayed in touch ( that wonderful Skype! ) since
I left India and he had warned me that Jaipur is very HOT right now.  The monsoons
are supposed to come with my arrival and people are longing for the rains.  

I will try to post often but the picture situation is another story.  I had forgotten how
problematic uploads are with my Tata Photon Plus.  It is incredibly slow and takes
hours to upload a few photographs.  I will have to research something better or a
locale that has high speed internet for my use.

Namaste, everyone....hot but happy in the country of my heart!

14 comments:

  1. How nice to know you're back in India! Don't you worry about the photos by now, I can't wait to read your posts about Jairpur.

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  2. oh I have been out of the bloggosphere for a while and didn't know what's going on with lots of my blogger friends. this is a great news to me and happy for you. i enjoyed the pictures you posted here and will be waiting for more. take care.

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  3. have another safe and fun trip there at India, Carmen.

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  4. You are an inspiration! Is this a permanent/semi permanent move or what?

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  5. One enjoys your happiness and luck. Please have a wonderful time.

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  6. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Hi Carmen! Good morning! I'm glad you have arrived safe and sound. Right now it is 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, 6/23/12, in San Francisco. When you wake up today, if you would like to try to talk by Skype, let me know. I have it on my computer now. I'd love to try it out! Kris.

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  7. Glad to know you made there safe, Carmen! Have another wonderful trip!

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  8. Gosh, I can't keep up with you! Hatrs off to your adventurous spirit.

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  9. Have fun! I'll be checking in to follow your adventures.

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  10. Hi Carmen, I'm glad you had a positive, albeit long, flight over to India.

    Sorry the downloading is so slow. That can be so frustrating.

    I know I don't have to say "enjoy every minute" of your trip. I KNOW you will.

    xoxo jj

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  11. nice pics
    Tata is no.1 in India i think you need to go for faster speed.
    Scheme which will give you more speed.
    2nd is using software you can reduce the size of photos. JPEG is best format.

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  12. Happy for you, but I'm glad it's you, not me over there.

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