As I prepare for my upcoming trip to India I inevitably think of two things: where I'm going to & what I'm leaving behind.
I'm going to a place I've never been, never dreamed I would go. I cannot even imagine the experiences I'm about to have. I've travelled around the USA and Europe. I'm no stranger to planes, trains, and automobiles. My passport is used. Yet with less than 12 hour until I depart for the airport, I'm so nervous! It's hard for me to say "what I'm going to," but I know it will be incredible.
The above picture is my home, a flat, sprawling expanse of snow covered fields. I once had to correct my best friend from out of state that those looming dark figures in the distance are not mountains, but rather those are clouds. You can literally see for MILES, and it's COLD! I spent all ten days home for the holidays in sub-zero temperatures, and I'm not talking celsius. Yes, that's correct. I spent most of my holiday indoors avoiding the -11 degree F weather. That's without windchill. When you live on the tundra you can safely subract at least 10 more degrees. So a real feel of -22 F? Yes. Needless to say my dogs didn't get very many walks. It's the land I love, but I'm ready to fall in love with a new land: India.
India will literally be a 90 degree increase. I guess for Christmas I'm getting a tan! (In an embarrassing moment of thrill I danced around my family singing something along those lines.) Of course I will be getting so much more than that, but at this moment it's still unimaginable.
So for now I'm going to revel in the temperature and topographical changes and hope I can sleep on the plane.