Now that I’ve returned from India, I’m finally getting back to writing! I apologize for not writing while away; things proved to be a bit busier than anticipated. I had all these grand plans for cooking/crafting/writing for Valentine’s Day, but alas, things do not always go as planned. Instead, I am still packing away Christmas décor when we returned…ah, the new mom life.
Anyway, we enjoyed our time in India. Babysaurus Rex got to meet her Achama, Achachan, and Mutassi (the Malyalam terms for paternal grandma, grandpa and great grandma, respectively). She was constantly entertained by family, family caretakers, neighbors, friends… she now has grand expectations of being constantly amused. My “one man show” is not living up to those expectations.
Our time in India began and ended in Mumbai’s International airport. It is hands down the most beautiful airport I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen my fair share). It always make traveling somewhat enjoyable, or at least tolerable. If you traveled through Mumbai’s old international airport (which was likely one of the worst airports ever at the time), you will be astonished by the change. See my upcoming post for further thoughts on the airport. After arriving in Mumbai, we drove approximately 125 miles Southeast to Pune, where my husband was primarily raised and our family still lives. This is our normal route; while there is an international airport in Pune, flights are not always as convenient or cost-effective.
Because Babysaurus Rex hasn’t yet had her MMR vaccine (among others), this year’s trip was a bit less adventurous. Most of the time was spent in the family home with her. However, spending time with family (including my parents, and a few of our close friends who were also visiting at the time) was fun. My travel limitation was also improved by the fact that my in-laws are both great cooks, and my mother in-law makes the BEST chai (tea with milk and sugar- an Indian staple).
I did get out a few times, to enjoy some food at various restaurants, and to spend a night at the new Conrad Pune Hotel. We (my parents, our friends, Varun, Babysaurus Rex, and I) also were invited to dinner at the local Catholic Bishop’s home, where we were honored with shawls from the Bishop for some volunteer work. Even Babysaurus Rex got one! That’s got to be a record for youngest person honored by a Bishop, right?
Though quite different than our prior trips, we had a good time. Stay tuned for future posts highlighting some of my favorite hotels and restaurants in India!