JAIPUR, India // We spent two weeks home in the United States visiting our families and seeing all of our friends at a wedding. We left our climbing gear, some film equipment, and a lot of unused clothes and repacked. We took our scuba diving gear, and some cold weather clothes for trekking, and boarded a plane to India stopping in Moscow on the way.
We arrived totally jet lagged and a little after midnight in New Delhi. Going from summer in the Northeastern United States with friends and family, to the crowded crazy streets of India was a major change. We immediately felt on our guard, but slowly the country opened up to us and we found joy in exploring on the local trains, and meeting the people at the homestays and classes that we took. From Delhi we did a day trip to Agra, and then took a train to Jaipur where we stayed with a local family at a homestay. This family taught yoga in the morning at a class in the home, and in the evening taught us about cricket in India. In Udaipur we took Tabla lessons and did a cooking class learning how to make Masala chai and curry.
Next // We fly north from Udaipur to Rishikesh to continue learning our yoga and meditation practice and then visit Mcleodganj to teach English to Tibetan refugees.