Sri Lanka, India and Inspiration

Throughout my life, I've only ever been able to take 2 weeks off at a time.  Finally, I was able to go on a 6 week adventure with the love of my life.  Six weeks seemed like such a long time and we weren't sure how we'd do.  Would we miss home?  Would we tire of each other?  Would we get sick of being on the road?  There was only one way to find out.

We started our journey in Sri Lanka.  We didn't know what to expect.  After only being there for about a day, we realized we had fallen in love.  The people, the food, the beaches, the landscape. It was all so magical and so unexpected.  We visited numerous historical sites and the most gorgeous Buddhist temples we'd ever seen.  They were so powerful that I was overwhelmed in their presence.  The grand statues of Buddha took my breath away.  The elephant safaris were spectacular and the gratitude from the locals was overwhelming.  I was grateful that I had 21 days to soak in the magic of Sri Lanka.

After 3 weeks in Sri Lanka, we moved on to Southern India.  We had heard how different it was than Northern India but had no idea what to expect.  After basking in the lush, quaint villages of Sri Lanka, South India was colorful, crazy and exciting!  It reminded me exactly what it was that I loved about India.  Everywhere you look there are colors and sounds and smells!  You are on constant sensory overload.  I found so much inspiration in India as I had several years back when we visited the north.  India always reminds of several things:  what I'm grateful for, that living a simple life is living a happy life, that curry is amazing 3 meals a day and life is too short to wear boring black, white or grey… The children are beautiful with their stunning dark eyes.  The women are gorgeous in their colorful saris.  Even when tending the garden or farming, the women of India are the most glorious vision.  I am forever grateful for all of the lovely people I met and for all of the experiences I had.  I always come back a changed person, for the better.  After 17 days of temples, beaches, and all wonderful things India, I still look forward to another trip back.

Needless to say, 6 weeks came and went and every moment & memory was a blessing and I'm so grateful for having the opportunity to live the journey.