RTW Family World Travel Blog Transitions- Leaving India
As you know, Goa, India had been our home for the last six months. And though we live with a mostly no-backtracking travel policy, we know we will be back. Knowing this made leaving more sweet than bitter, and arriving to Mystery Country 15 more exciting than confusing.
Fitting us back into backpacks after being stationary was tougher than usual. The accumulation of stuff in our huge Goan house was hard to comprehend. India is cheap so we bought too much without giving it almost any thought. We rejoiced in having shelves again and quickly found those shelves, boxes, cabinet, and spaces under beds overflowing with junk. Also, we were part of a loving network of families and travelers who gave each other tons of stuff when someone left, so we recieved several deliveries of junk other people got rid of which thereby became our junk. The end result was painful.
Other People’s Junk
The master George Carlin says it better than anyone on the planet. We’ll just let the magician do his thing. Enjoy!
And the process of letting go of stuff was slower, and harder than the usual emotional hell associated with packing. First of all, we still believe the allusion that “oh, this should only take a few hours” and it always takes several days of screaming at the kids and freaking out. Second of all, I was not functional due to my jet lag from 30+ hours of transport. Third of all, Kobi was finishing up his all-encompassing detox with the 5 Elements Clinic and spent those last days of his cleaning pretty much overcome with the utter exhaustion that takes place when your body removes toxins from every cell in your body. He should have been useless, but instead, pushed forward in the usual hard-headed, only-responsible-adult-in-the-family way. Lastly, we were all totally exhausted from the heat.
Unbearable Heat of April in India
The heat of the days and nights before are best summed up by these Facebook updates.
And while the heat was pure misery, I wonder now how it compares to showering in brown water. Hmmm. And then there was this update too…
So lots and lots of amazing light there, and also in the Annapurna Circuit where we almost died. Literally.
We love this Facebook album of our last Indian sunrise.
We arrived to Country 15 exhausted due to not sleeping about five nights+ before our arrival.
The 4 AM cheapest-flights-Kobi-could-find and the cheapest-subsequent-connection required us to lose ANOTHER two nights of sleep.
Night one: Sashi picked us up at 1 AM for the Goa airport about an hour and a half away. The airport experience was surprisingly awful and left us more exhausted. (We’ll leave that for another day).
Day two: As the exit visa for Sharjah would have cost us $270 for the day, we opted to drool on the tables and floor of the airport for fourteen hours instead. We kept ourselves busy by eating, eating, and eating and finding a few other creative ways to pass the time.
Night two: Our flight landed in Istanbul, Turkey around 11pm. We took the last shuttle to the Taxim area and arrive to our hotel around 2am.
It was an upside-down whirlwind from heat to freezing, from rural to metropolitan, and from familiar to the Unknown but one we welcomed with tired, but open arms.