We’ve been here in India for two months, today. I never thought we would see the things we’ve seen. It is an amazing place. A country of many colors, full of contrasts and extremes.
I can’t say it’s gone by quickly. It hasn’t, at least for me. It’s been hard some days but there’s also many more days that are fun and good. Real good.
Both Mark and I had were exchange students in high school, living overseas away from our families for a year. That’s how we met each other, as you know. So we knew coming into this adventure a little bit how it would feel living in a different country for a while. We just had never done it as adults or as a family with children.
We’ve had new foods, new languages, a new home, many new friends, new everything. With all this come many thoughts and feelings, for each one of us. We knew this, having had the experience ourselves before. But it is different with children, and at times much easier. They love to be in the moment. Sometimes is hard, but it is hard back at home also, when everything is our own and known.
It has been really fun to see them grow even in the last two months. See them learn few words in Hindi. Learn to play new games and learn to navigate in a new place. And so far they’ve been a lot better and quicker than me in making it their own. I am so proud of them. Proud of how strong they have been, how open minded and friendly and social they’ve been. We are so proud of how they’ve lived our two months here in India.
Yes. We live in a Fort! We see monkeys, peacocks, and cows on the street. We have huge ancient statues pretty much next to our house, two beautiful temples and an incredible palace within minutes from our front door.
We are doing good. Really good. We’ve learned lots about ourselves and about each other. We’ve grown a lot too. And we’ve met wonderful and beautiful people that have changed our lives forever already, in so many ways.
As I look at the pictures and stories I’ve posted on the blog for the past two months I can’t believe everything we’ve done and seen in just 8 short weeks. Fruits we’ve never tasted before. Buildings it’s hard to even imagine how they were built in another era when tools were so different at what we use today. Statues, palaces, forts, houses and huts of all sorts, size and colors. Camels and elephants walking on the street. Huge lizards and monkeys and peacocks right in our backyard.
I hope these posts can bring you a little closer to us. I know it’s not the same than having you right here with us, but we love your comments. We are hoping you are enjoying the stories too.
India is an amazing place. I think of this posting I did back in July when we knew for sure we were coming to India for 5 months and the quote by Mark Twain:
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition.
… nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds.”
– Mark Twain