Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane

In less than 48 hours I will be on a plane to India and I cannot wait!!! I am so excited for so many reasons. To start with, I haven't been to a brand new country in over a year and in general I haven't traveled internationally in quite some time. I have a brand, spanking new passport and I'm just itching to get a stamp in it. I'll be gone for 2 weeks and the first week I'm traveling with friends, as well as staying with friends and the second week I'm on my own. I haven't traveled alone in awhile so it'll be good to have that experience again. Not to mention I am beyond ecstatic to be out of the office for 2 whole weeks. Yay, yay, yay!!!

For those that are interested I'm flying into New Delhi and out of Mumbai with side trips along the way to Agra, Varanasi and possibly Jaipur. In Delhi I have a list a mile long of places to see, friends to meet up with and shops (oh the shops) to visit, but if you have Mumbai suggestions I would love to hear them. I'll be by myself there and really welcome your suggestions.

I'm already having visions of the shopping in India. The textiles, the jewelry, the spices and oh my the list goes on and on and on. I'll be seeing the Taj Mahal and the river Ganges and so many amazing sights. But oddly enough you know what one of the things I'm most excited for? You're going to laugh cause it's not very exciting, but I'm going to finally get to put my feet into the Indian Ocean. I don't really have a list of things to do or places to see before I die, but I do have a goal of swimming/at least putting my feet into each of the 4 oceans. I take that back, I thought there were 4 oceans and growing up I was told there were 4 oceans, but according to a movie preview I recently saw there are technically 5. At some point they added the Southern Ocean to the list. Not quite sure how I'm gonna get that one crossed off, but at some point I will.

I'm going to try and post at least a few times a week while I'm gone. Likely it'll be outfits that I've worn in recent weeks and haven't gotten around to posting yet, but if possible I'll post pictures of some of my Indian fashion purchases. The markets, the bazaars, the colors, I can't wait! The one thing I'm really not looking forward to (well there are a few things - elevators and toilets being at the top of the list) is bargaining. People who know me are probably surprised by this but I despise bargaining. In fact I hate it. It kinda ruins shopping for me. Ugh, I'd rather just pay a set price.

One more thing. I'm on direct flights so I'm prepping for looong flights, perhaps the longest of my life. If you have tips of what gets you through such long flights I'd love to hear 'em. My doctor prescribed me some Ambien to help, but as I painfully discovered over the last 2 nights it doesn't quite have the intended effect on me that it's supposed to. Any advice you have I'd appreciate.

Thanks so much.


  1. I take a Dramamine and it knocks me right out for about 8 hours. For the remainder of the time, try an ipod or a good book! That's all I've got!

  2. How incredibly exciting! You should take a pic of your feet in the Indian Ocean and keep it with your list of things to do :)

  3. Jen I have a whole set of my brightly colored toes in various bodies of water. There will for sure be some shots of them in the Indian Ocean.

    Caitlin thanks for the advice. I just found out that me and my ginormous ass are going to be in a middle seat on a 14 hour flight. Now I'm really gonna need something to knock me out.

  4. Years ago while in the military, I had to fly to Kuwait. Because of security threats, we were not allowed to leave the plane, even on our stop overs (Shannon, Ireland and Rome, so sad!), so I was stuck on a plane full of smelly guys for 24 hours. Looking back, I think what I would have made sure to do was to take an iPod (not that they existed in the mid 90's), noise reducing headphones, my Kindle (or books), and something for sleep in the vein of an anti-anxiety medication. I wouldn't take Ambien since when I took it, I got up in the middle of the night to cook pasta without knowing it, although my husband kindly took photos for me. If your doctor will give you something like a low dose valium or something, I think it would help you relax enough to nap but not knock you out (you don't want people going through your crap either!) Maybe if you get there early enough, you can try to get a better seat by sucking up at check in. Have fun, and be safe especially while by yourself. Oh, and if you want to cross the Southern Ocean off your list, you just need to take a trip to Southern Australia!

  5. Oh, also, your own pillow, a blanket (they always seem to have 5 total when I fly and I'm freezing), and shades for your eyes while you are trying to rest, you never know how bright or dark it will be where you are in the sky.