Thursday, January 17, 2013

Winding Down - last hours in India

Tuesday was mostly a travel day, getting from Kolkata to Delhi, where we then had a nice driving tour of the diplomatic quarter, a very fast visit to Gandhi Smirta, the place where Ghandi was martyred, tea with a womanist artist who did amazing sculpture and painting, ending with dinner in the family home of our local travel agent, Jose. (BTW, if you are considering a trip to India, let me set you up with Jose..,he was amazing!) this was probably the best meal we had the whole trip, prepared with love. I continue to be amazed by the practices of hospitality, and aspire to pay this forward upon return home. I am thinking my office might become the site for tea hospitality.

Wednesday was a day for meeting with Paul and Ashley for a debrief on our experiences. Then we split up in groups for the balance of the day of free exploration in Delhi. Our hotel in Delhi was intended to be a taste of Indian opulence. We were in a 5 star hotel, tasteful and sleekly modern. Our drivers took a group of us back to the Gandhi memorial and the on to Connaught Place for some crazy street shopping for last minute gifts. I need to do a whole post on the experience of shopping on the street in India...gives marketing savvy a whole new definition.

There is more, but air travel has gifted me with a nutty headache. More later...

Namaste.



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