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, but happy in the country of my heart!


  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.

  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.

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

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

  5. Anonymous2:29 PM

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

  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.

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

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

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

  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

  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.

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