India, 2017

Since our last trip to India we’ve been dreaming of returning. The boys were so young – 1 and 3- when we last visited, and we’ve been wanting to take them back now that they are older and so much more aware of their culture. To prepare we’ve been reading some wonderful stories about India (would anyone be interested in a reading list? happy to put one together!) and we’ve been leafing through the photos from our past trip. We are still hammering out the specifics of our itinerary, but we know the length will be 17 days in March during our spring break, and we will be visiting Jodphur, Mumbai, Varanasi and hopefully Jaipur, as well. We’re also working out the specifics of the service component of the trip, trying to find an orphanage where the boys will be allowed to work with us. It just so happens we’ll be in India for Holi, the Hindu festival of color, and I am beyond excited for all of us to experience the celebration! Last time we visited, I made a point of sourcing vintage textiles, hand-carved wooden blocks for block printing, fabric by the yard, and other treasures for a pop-up shop, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Everything was sourced with the utmost care and I made a real point to buy vintage to avoid bringing more stuff into an already overstuffed world. I’m considering doing another online shop this time around, so if that is something you’d be interested in let me know in the comments. You can also let me know if there is something in particular you’d like me to source. As a point of reference, you can see a few of the goods from my last pop-up shop here. And for a bit of background reading, check out these past posts: Pre-trip, Delhi, Bhutan, Rajasthan We’re going to spend the next few months preparing the boys, building their excitement and educating them on the country of their ancestors. They have so many questions already, and I can only imagine how many more questions will arise once we’re there. India is a country of such great beauty, but also crushing poverty. It is an assault on the senses even for the most well-traveled adult, so I know the boys will have moments of feeling completely overwhelmed. But we are hoping to raise inquisitive, empathetic, world-travelers, so we’ll do our best to have the hard conversations and not look away. 

Your thoughts on “India, 2017

  1. What an incredible opportunity! I don’t have any connections to other countries but I hope we can travel with our kids and help them to learn about other cultures. It will be several years, but I am already thinking about how I can make that happen. Safe travels!

    1. Thanks so much Anna. Travel certainly doesn’t need to have a direct personal connection in order to leave an impact. I know that well from my own upbringing!

  2. We returned to India in 2007 with our daughter who was 10 at the time. It was a perfect age to travel with her – she remembers it well and was both comfortable with the inconveniences of travel and impressed with her experiences. I treasure our trip and the things we did and people we met. We visited Mumbai, Delhi and the Golden Triangle. (I know, such tourists we were.). Jaipur was a highlight so I’d plan to spend a few days there if possible. I’d be thrilled to see what you bring in your pop-up shop – fabrics, print blocks and housewares are all of interest. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Karen. I bet 10 is a great age to experience India- it must have filled her with awe. I think that although the boys are a bit on the young side, they are really going to enjoy the trip. I can’t wait to share it all here, and hopefully come back with treasures galore!

  3. Have a great time! I would love your reading list. My husband is also going for two weeks over our March spring break, and I’ll be home with our 8 and 10 year olds, so we could be reading up while he’s gone. In terms of an orphanage, do you know of Bal Ashram in Varanasi? Babaji, who runs this, has travelled through New England quite a bit and is a wonderful man. I can only imagine that his ashram & orphanage in Varanasi is well-run. Here’s a link via his US ashram
    http://sonomaashram.org/aghor-foundation-india
    And, yes, to the pop up shop! I bought two pillow covers last time and I love them so much. Gorgeous colors.

  4. Yes, yes! More India! I’m planning a trip later this year for a wedding and I would love more information on where you found some of these amazing vintage fabrics…We will be mostly in Delhi and Hyderabad.

  5. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!!! I would be very interested in a reading list. I have read many novels by Indian authors, many of which take place in India. I’m sure that you’ve read A Suitable Boy. What about Teatime for the Firefly. Have a wonderful journey and be sure to enjoy a cup of my favorite tea- Assam. I hope to one day visit India- seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise is on my bucket list, but I hope to see so much more

  6. The colors in your photos are beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you bring back from your trip. Have you ever considered publishing a book of your photos. I think you should. Or possibly notecards.

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