:: this moment : now + then ::

A beautiful and fun Friday ritual. Inspired by SouleMama.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo (or two or three or more)– no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. – Amanda Soule



A year ago… in India.  We say goodbye.

This is the last Friday I’m remembering our adventure from last year.




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DSC_0258-small DSC_0261-smallAnd other friends had left to go home on their winter break, before we left.   We had mixed feelings about our departure, of course.  We were excited to come home after 5 months, but we were also sad to leave all of our new friendships we grew in that time. Hoping we get to see them again some time soon.


On our last day in Gwalior, we decided we wanted to go down The Fort one last time, to see up close all those beautiful statues and record all those beautiful sights… one last time.DSC_0827-small DSC_0838-small DSC_0867-small DSC_0919-small

This week last year, we left Gwalior, India and arrived home, here in the US.  We took a 4 hour train from Gwalior to Delhi, leaving at 8:30 am.

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Arriving in Delhi we had one of the school’s student’s family pick us up at the train station and invited us to spend the whole day with them at their home.  It was so nice and special in so many ways.  We will always be thankful and happy we got to do that.

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Tired after 24 hours of travels, a beautiful flight over the Arctic with a forever sunrise we were catching up, with amazing colors of orange, yellow, reds, whites…. I will never forget that morning that took over 12 hours to turn into afternoon.

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DSCN3476-smallFlying over the north pole… (kinda’)

DSCN3481-smallAnd then, after almost 23 hours of travels, we see over our window… this is home.





Oh my.  What an adventure it was.  It was the first time for us to travel as a family to an unknown country for almost 5 months. Traveling with kids is completely different than my experience was moving here to the US with Mark as an adult.  Or the experience I had in high school as an exchange student.  Or our travel to Kenya as a couple.

This time, it was amazing, colorful, bright, hard, wet, hot, incredible, warm, friendly, scary, fantastic, take-your-breath-away… almost all at the same time.  There is not one day that passes that we don’t talk about our days in India.  I love it how it comes up in so many different ways and reasons. It was incredible, and amazing.   An adventure we will never forget.  Never.

If you’d like to leave a comment and a link to your moment, we would love to see it. Have a beautiful day.  Thank you for coming to see us!

Happy Solstice.



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One Response to :: this moment : now + then ::

  1. Monica says:

    Marce …. ¡ que recuerdos ! que vivencias ! ¡ que amigos ! l … ¿ un año ? …. la vida pasa too fast …. te voy citar lo que dijo un poeta español Jorge Manrique en una de sus Coplas : …. ” como se pasa la vida , como llega la muerte tan callando …” y otra de un poeta francés : …. ” el partir es como morir un poco ” …. Creo que ambas le vienen a este relato de tu blog de hoy . Besos

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