Thursday, February 18, 2010
The reason for the break? I’m off to India for two weeks, in what has become my semi-annual trip oversees to learn something of the world. Jill and I decided if I was going to stay home and be the primary parent while she gets her PhD, I get to say yes to travel opportunities that come my way. Instead of cashing in my spouse chips one at a time, I trade an entire year's worth of being the taxi driver, the dinner maker and the schedule czar for a trip to somewhere exotic.
In 2007 I went to Guatemala to take a 3 week seminary class on Peace and Justice in Latin America. In 2008 I went to Colombia on learning tour and to visit our sister church. Now it’s 2010, and I’m crashing the vacation of two retired couples in my congregation: Cindy and Clark Breeze (Cindy just retired from being our associate pastor) and Thom and Martha Moore. I’m confident that between them, they will keep me out of moral trouble (not that that has been much of a problem in the past).
It's all made possible by Usha Zehr, also at our church and from India. She will be our tour guide for 2 weeks and drag us from one end of the country to the other, starting in Delhi, then Mumbai, then the southern coast, with some kind of camel ride in the desert in between. I'm psyched.
Since this isn't a seminary course or a learning tour, I don't plan to write long blog posts on the cultural, economic and social conditions of India. I'll probably just post embarrasing pictures of my travelling partners to prove to my family that I'm really there and have not yet been kidnapped by religious extremists. Maybe I'll answer a few tech support calls while I'm there, in between bites of authentic chicken tikka masala.