Sunday, January 3, 2010


Well we made it to Delhi and we have already experienced alot in one day. The first thing that tells you that you have arrived are the smells that come from the city that are so strong and pungent that you can smell them while still sitting on the tarmac. It is a very distinct smell that I will not soon forget.
It was also the first time that I witnessed Katie not be so eager to deplane. I, ofcourse, could not wait to see what this place is like, but she was not so sure. It was a complete role reversal for her as she is usually so eager to greet life, no matter what the occasion is. It was quite hilarious to watch her change modes. I thought for a brief moment that the flight attendant and I might have to pry her claws from the seat she was sitting in. But in the end, she relented and embraced the unknown with much courage, just as she does with the rest of her life.

Delhi is a very large, very poor, very old city. It is the capital of India. 17 million people live within the city limits and believe you me, it was very obvious just from the airport to the hotel. We saw baboons and peacocks along the highway to the hotel, a very interesting, unexpected site. Well, we are off the visit this great city today and then off to Dharamsala tonite, what I call Dali Land as it is where His Holiness resides. Stay tuned for more.


ken January 4, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

Katie; let the adventure begin, have fun and keep in touch

wsloan3 January 4, 2010 at 6:14 AM  

Glad the 1st flights were successful. Have a great time! Daddy Bill

Anonymous,  January 4, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

I am going to be living vicariously through you for months to come. Enjoy your trip!

Also, while you are in Africa, if you can, take a few days and travel to the Seychelles -- you've made it that far and you truly must see one of the most magnificent places on the planet!

Lynn F.

patdave22 January 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM  

You sure that smell wasn't you after a very long Trans Pacific flight Barela? haha
Sounds like a blast! Enjoy it - I'll keep tracking you guys!

Ryan Ray January 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM  

Awesome!! Don't forget to "circumambulate" the proper direction at the temple.. OH.. and if you go to Dalhousie watch out for the "POLICE REPORTING ROOM CUM ASSISTANCE BOOTH".. LOL.. the English signs in India CRACK me up!! :-).. Have a great time, guys :-).

tlcgar January 5, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

Glad to hear you both came out of the plane! We are following you! Pics and more news left @ your e-mail. T.L.C.

Katie January 6, 2010 at 5:45 AM  

Ryan - too funny! We were totally cracking up today at the sign to "circumambulate"! Don't worry we circumambulated the right way, well, actually it was to the left! -Katie

Katie January 8, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

Hey Lynn! We'll definitely see if we can make it to the Seychelles. My dad spent some time there and really enjoyed it. Best - Katie

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