Last week I went for my immunizations. Not bad… the only needle was a polio boost. But to tell the truth, I’d rather have a shot and be finished. I have two medications to take by mouth: malaria and typhoid. I did not need a Hepatitis boost as I had one last year before traveling to South Africa.
I received a text message from my daughter last night. My son-in-law, wanted her to remind me not to venture out alone. The State Department has issued a warning about women traveling alone in India. I do sometimes wander off the touristy path, but I promised to be careful.
I have added two new apps to my phone: a currency converter and a language translator. I tend to be a last minute packer, but I have everything I need; just have to put it all in a suitcase.
I am ready for the the adventure, the rich and spellbinding cultural traditions, and the calmness. I am also ready for the surges of high energy, the stimulation of the senses, and the crowds.
In India, people often offer valediction or salutation by saying Nameste’ which, as defined by Mahatma Gandhi, means “I honor the place within you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place within you of love, of light, of truth, of peace; I honor the place within you, where when you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”