Hello my sweet! It looks like you are having the most amazing time! It warms my heart everytime I read your blogs and get even more determined to get over there! June 2012 for sure!!! Be safe and stay your ever beautiful self. Love Sam xx
Thanks my dear, manifest your way over here! It is full of so many amazing opportunities, enery, love. 2012 is the year! Xoxo
Amazing Christine...how fulfilling this must be for you! We will be thinking of you and wishing you a Merry Christmas and we look forward to hearing of your experiences in the New Year. Love you, Aunt Julie, Uncle Bill, Heather, Andrew and Grama.
Thank you, sending you lots and lots and lots of love and hugs! Hope everyone had a most wonderful Christmas, so happy that Grandma was able to fly there to be with you!
Wow, can you believe it has been a year that you were in the Keys this time last Christmas!? Has the time flown by for you?
It certainly has! From one tropical coconut filled place to another! I am constantly blessed with warm weather and good company at Christmas time! Although I have to say. missing my key west friends has crossed my mind this “Christmas” season…last year was pretty magical :)
My friends Lisa, Maria and I have have spent some days volunteering our time at an orphanage here in Mysore. Lisa and Maria prepared a wonderful class on personal hygiene and put together little wash kits for the children which they got a tremendous amount of joy from. I went along and took some photos to share with the orphanage, and I am going to organize for after the new year a “school photo” type day for all of the kids. These children, mostly girls rescued from the street/sex industry are just so amazing and full of love, and inspiration. Spending just a few hours a week there could change anyone’s life, it is an experience filled with so much joy that it can bring tears to your eyes. They love having their photos taken, and viewing them is such a rare treat…this opportunity to have these digital or paper memories is something most of us take so much for granted, I am very happy to have the opportunity to go back there to arrange these portrait and group photos for them.
Hi! I descovered your blog on an internet surfing daydream.. SO inspired by your journey. I often visit your site to peruse your beautiful pics & ponder my own travel plans next year. I grew up in NZ but was born in States & would like to do someting similar to you - travel through on my own in a van. I was wondering if you felt safe on your solo travels? I want to have my own adventure but the idea of sleeping in a van alone at night sometimes worries me. Did you ever encounter any problems?
the only people who ever bothered me int he middle of the night were the police…no kidding.
you will be just fine, but if you get scarred find a lover ;)
traveling the world through you, since i can't go myself. thank you for sharing all the pictures they are wonderful.
really wanting to post more photos, but the internet is increibly slow and the computers are ancient and by the time i get through my persoanl internetting/computing i am beyond sick the whole thing. it takes me two hours to accomplish what would normally take 20.
really what i meant to say is…i have photos, and hopefully you will see them soon :)
Hello! I'm from Bangalore, and I think your blog is rather lovely! I've come across a lot of offensive posts about India, and your blog was a pleasant change. I'm glad you're having fun, and if you need anything feel free to contact me. :) Have fun!
So sweet, Thank you! I just love Southern India right now. The people are amazing and the weather is perfect this time of year! I’m sure I will be back in Bangalore at some time, we should have a chai together :) Let me know if you come to Mysore int he near future.
It's amazing that seemingly, only a few short months ago it was looking like your journey was ending. I'm so happy to see that you've embraced the changes in your life as an opportunity to explore your new possibilities. I have so many questions for you, but for now I'll leave it at expressing my admiration for your passion, and that I can only hope that someday I will emulate the same drive for adventure in my own life. So much love sent your way~
Looks like you're home. If you make it to a market, could you please take some pictures there. I'd love to see the colours of spices and fabrics. What does a day's menu for you consist of?
oh yes, i made a lovely frind at the market this afternoon so i will be going back this week to take some photos of him and other vendors. food prices can range drastically…but the low end (if you eat where the locals do) is 30-60 rupees (around 50 cents) for breakfast and 50-80 rupees ($1-$1.50) for lunch or dinner. A dinner splurge for me, with many courses and drinks would be 300 rupees ($6.00). I will usually eat one meal out per day, and the rest is fruit and vegetables from the market.
I have arrived at my destination/temporary home in Mysore, India…the birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga. Directly across the road from the yogashala I am practicing at there was an apartment open. Very cheap by North American standards, but if I decide to stay here in Mysore longer than one month I will find a place with others to cut costs. There are many people my age from all over the world here, it is interesting to be in a place that has a fair number of foreigners, but is not “touristy”. Everyone is here to study something, from yoga to massage, auevedic, dance, art, music…it is a wonderful place and i look forward to exploring it all. It is also very hot and humid here, but with a coconut hut on every corner and only costing 12rupees each (25 cents!) it is more than bearable!