Day 8 – Agra

Our car and driver met us at the Bonlon Inn in Delhi at 6:45 this morning for the trip to Agra. We took a new freeway that had a lot less traffic and was a very nice, smooth road. When we got to the outskirts of Agra, we stopped for a breakfast of fresh aloo (potato) parathas and chai. The parathas were hot and delicious: Continue reading “Day 8 – Agra”

Days 5, 6, and 7 – Mussoorie, Delhi, Meerut

On Thursday, the morning was spent readying Hill Haven for our departure. My parents spent two months there on this visit, and still we were all pretty much ready to go at 8:30, four hours before our taxi was due to take us down to Dehradun. Since I was still rather under the weather – I slept little due to being so congested – I was happy just to chill out, read, and chat. Unfortunately, the Internet was acting up, so I couldn’t post my latest blog entry or catch up on email. The porters arrived at noon to carry our luggage up to the road where the taxi was meeting us. It’s absolutely incredible how much these men can carry up the steep hillsides of Mussoorie. Continue reading “Days 5, 6, and 7 – Mussoorie, Delhi, Meerut”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 17

30 November 2000

Yesterday we had phase testing, which was a huge waste of time.  Mostly we sat around waiting for the next testing station.  We weren’t by platoon, and I ended up with a lot of people that I did the Confidence Course with, including, to my horror, K***.  That girl is a freak!  First of all, it’s annoying to be around her because she has a huge crush on J*** and can’t stop talking about him to me.  He finds her completely annoying also, but he’s incapable of being anything other than nice to anyone.  Second of all, she claims to have strong psychic powers (but doesn’t know we can’t stand her?) and says that she is the reincarnation of the goddess of mischief.  She started to tell me about all of her past lives the other night, but luckily it was lights out so I kicked her out of my room.  I’m so ready to go home! Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 17”

Day 3 – Mussoorie

Tuesday morning, I took a shower with some large eight-legged friends, but I talked them into staying on their side of the shower and I stayed on mine, which worked out just fine. I’ve picked up a cold, which kind of sucks, but I’m just ignoring it in hopes it will go away sooner rather than later. Around 8:30, Dad, Domingos, and I took the path straight up the mountain to Sisters Bazaar, where we were rewarded for the steep climb with amazing views. Continue reading “Day 3 – Mussoorie”

Day 2 – Delhi to Mussoorie

I definitely think using the jetlag plan was a good idea, and we’ll use the principles of it on future trips. We both slept well last night, and woke with the alarm at 5:15. Unfortunately, the hot water did not wake up with us. That was a bracing start to the day! It was surreal to check the Pats score at 5:20am here and see that they had 12 minutes left to play in the game. Continue reading “Day 2 – Delhi to Mussoorie”

Day 1 – Delhi

I’m not counting our travel days, since those are just a matter of grim endurance. It’s enough to say we made all our connections, suffered no huge delays, and got almost zero sleep. Our plane landed at 11:15pm Delhi time, and by the time we made it through customs, it was close to 12:30. My father was a very welcome sight as we walked out of the airport! Continue reading “Day 1 – Delhi”

Success

I just completed my 23rd day on the elliptical!  I have to admit that not every single one of the 23 workouts was a focused, lengthy, energetic session, but at least I got on there every single day like I promised myself I would.  When I get back from India, my next step will be adding resistance training back into my routine.  I’d like to be doing the elliptical 6 days a week and resistance training 4 days a week, with slightly shorter elliptical sessions on the resistance days.  Maybe I can use the fact that I’m turning 40 next year to give me some motivation. Continue reading “Success”