Participate in an Indian Wedding – Check!

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Bright colors, music, dancing, lots of food, fun, and laughter are all words that describe Indian celebrations – now times that by about 100 and you have a phenomenal Indian wedding.  To be a part of an Indian wedding surpassed everything that I thought it would be. From the delicious dishes that are never ending, the bright and vivid hues […]

Don’t Underestimate the Bargaining Power

Rule #1 – if you are coming to shop in India learn the rules of bargaining so you don’t get taken for all you have!

Hint #1 from the locals: When given a price, counter with half that price and go from there. Hint #2 – Don’t be afraid to walk away, often times you will hear a voice offering just above the price you wanted which means you probably finally have a good deal.

Today I was amazed as I watched my friend bargain with Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. Why? Well he is ordering a big amount of food for his wedding reception and bargained the total price down about 20,000Rs ….who knew!!!

So if you know what you are doing there are deals to be had pretty much everywhere! 

Closing remarks: Don’t attempt this in the States unless you want to be laughed (or physically forced) out of the store

Namaste Ya’ll

We have arrived in India. Looks like internet could be a little bit of an issue for this first part of the trip so this will be quick and summarized as best possible.

We are having a great time! Things to point out

1) The traffic in New Delhi is UNREAL (unlike anything I’ve every experienced – I’m pretty sure I died about 6 times today)

2) The food is AMAZING

3) The wedding is going to be fantab! (new word add it to Webster’s)

Today we toured through a market Dilli Haat (spelling?) – didn’t do a ton of shopping but had fun watching our friend Aman bargin and picked up a couple things. Here are some pics!

The wedding festivities start the 27th – and it will be three days of lots of fun and cultural immersion.

All for now!

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The “Thanks” in Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things that you are grateful for in life. Although, you really shouldn’t wait till the 4th Thursday in November to be appreciative; it should be one of those things you do on a daily basis. About a year ago, I was having a rough time and remembered a little exercise that Reverend Pat gave in church (she calls it homework) – every day find 3 things to be grateful for and affirm your thanks for those things – it is pretty amazing how that little homework session can turn a day around and make you really stop and appreciate the beauty and gifts in life. When it all gets down to it there is really only one good phrase (in my mind) to sum up the blessing and character building experiences that happen in life:  “It’s a God thing”

Being that Alyssa and I will be in Frankfurt, Germany the 4th Thursday of November flying on Lufthansa (and I’m pretty sure they DON’T celebrate Thanksgiving…hethans!), Thanksgiving was celebrated early in our house. Our family has become the home that takes in people from all walks of life at Thanksgiving (90% being college students or friends of Alyssa’s with no where else to go) – we have had the privileged to welcome people from all over the world (for some their very 1st Thanksgiving!). It is probably one of my favorite holidays, not just for the food, but for the joining (and fellowship to use the term) of all sorts of personalities.

Even though we celebrated a little early we still managed to have a good crowd of people gather and partake in the divine culinary treats (well more like traditional-down home-Southern-Thanksgiving cookin’), good conversation, and lots of laughter. Even Ruby managed to grab a turkey leg before she was apprehended and forced to give it up. Below is a little collage immortalizing the feast and fun. (well I’m actually not sure what will show up below as I haven’t done this before!)

 

Hello world!

Well – this marks my first blog post!

The goals of this little venture:

1) Share pics of my trips and adventures

2) Keep family and friends up-to-date with my ever changing locations!

3) Not exactly sure about the third reason but you should have lists in 3s

Alyssa and I leave Wednesday for India! Really excited about this trip – our trip so far reads as follows:

Leave Nov 23 – Arrive in India Nov 25 – Party and celebrate the wedding of a good friend Nov 28,29,30 – Go see the Taj Mahal Dec 4 & 5 – Spend a couple nights in Jaipur -Jump on a train Dec 8 from Jaipur to Mumbai – Hang out with friend in Mumbai: hopefully see the Elephanta caves, trip to Goa,  go to a Naval Military Ball, whatever else happens – Catch a plane out of Mumbai Dec 13 – Arrive home Dec 14

Along the way I hope to add pictures both to the blog and to facebook! I think my assignment to myself will be to pick out two pictures that really say something about our experiences that day and post them on the blog with a short blurp …hopefully the internet situation allows for this to happen!

…As they say out west…HAPPY TRAILS!!!!