March 12-14, 2011 Vacation days 11,12,13 – Countdown and Homeward Bound
This will probably be my last post this sojourn in India. For those who are new to this blog, I hope you enjoyed your time with me in India. For those old-timers – sorry that this was not more interesting, as perhaps it was in past years. I will still be posting on my other blog during the year if you are interested: http://mindfulnessjournal.wordpress.com
And look forward to seeing you there as well.
The last few days have been peaceful, despite them being just before my leaving Rishikesh. I did not find the usual pre-travel days stressful as the have been for me in the past and that for me is a big change, and a blessed one.
The weather has definitely changed to summer…it is now already dark outside, but all the windows in my room are opened and it is warm. It was quite hot outside today…to really be exhausting for me.
This, an many other things, have made it quite clear that I am going home at exactly the right time, despite it being a month shorter than I had originally envisioned. For one thing, all of my supplies have run out over the past few days: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, dishwashing liquid, body soap, floor and toilet bowl cleaner, honey, dried fruits, food stores etc. All letting me know that this is the perfect time to leave.
I would have enjoyed the warmer weather for a week or so more, but then I would have had to restock everything, and that would not be cost effective.
I am still weak, but have been given some further herbal remedies by Dr. Arora to get me back in full energy. I have already brought all of my things into storage – kitchen and room supplies here at the guesthouse, and clothing and other items by Seema. My bags are packed (to my great surprise, I still had too much stuff-even after sending a parcel last week – so this morning I sent off a second parcel and hopefully I will not be overweight at the airport.
The last few days were spent with old friends, and several new ones I’ve met this trip…saying tearful goodbyes – being invited out for meals, and just talking and relaxing together. IT has been a good way to end this trip.
I will be leaving at 9 AM and going to my friend’s house in Delhi…will be there all day Wednesday and will be at the airport at 3 AM Thursday morning for my 6 AM flight home. By 12 noon on Thursday I will be in Tel Aviv!
Hope to get some shopping done in Khan Market since I am already there, and this friend loves to shop, and of course has a car. And then just rest up before heading home.
I am now getting into bed to watch the latest episodes of both “Bones” and “The Mentalist” and hopefully will be tired enough to get a good nights sleep.
And as quickly as the time came to GET to India, the time has come to LEAVE India.
It has been a wonderful 3 months, different than other trips here (but then again each sojourn has its own personality, and brings me different things), and now look forward to the next stage of my journey, with gratitude for what was and acceptance of what awaits me.