I’m spending the month of January in India. 2019 is starting with quite a few firsts: first time in Asia, first time doing some personal travel alone, and first day of the year in a completely unfamiliar place.
You might be thinking “You aren’t really eating sushi there, are you?” Nope. Over the holidays, we had a good laugh when Rich’s dad, who spent quite a bit of time working in India years ago, told him about about his colleague who did try the sushi… only to have a hearty helping of regret for dessert.
There are probably many wannabe Anthony Bourdains, adventurously eating my way around the world, but I’m not one of them. I’m not an aspiring travel writer, either, but I do want to record the everyday details - where I went, what I saw and what it feels like to do everyday things in a place completely foreign to me.
Today started early, around 5am. I’m practicing yoga while I’m here (at KPJAYI with Saraswati).
I was done by 8am or so, and walked back to the guesthouse where I’m staying. This looks a bit different than my walk to and from North End Yoga at home.
Later, the owner of the guesthouse invited me to join him on some errands at the main market. I experience traffic on the back of a scooter, see the fruit and flower market, and got a first hand look at what it takes to buy a toaster. Shopping here is a pretty social experience. You don’t browse alone. There’s always someone to help you find what you are looking for. A stop at a stationery store included chatting with the owner and his son over coffee.
Later, I headed out alone for lunch at a place called Depth ‘n Green. Lonely Planet’s review nails it: “Wildly popular with local yogis, this buzzing healthy cafe offers a menu of satisfying Indian and Western dishes, including great salads, served up on tree trunk tables.” I’ll definitely be back, although if I’m being honest, I’ll probably avoid the groups of yoga students talked about which pose they struggled with or nailed that particular day.
I purchased some bug spray (first shopping experience of the trip) and then headed back to the guesthouse for a bit. I’m definitely not in sync with the time difference, and I gave into a pretty long nap this afternoon. (I’m a big fan of the 3:30 nap, I must say.)
So far, so good!