Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 Anniversary Blowout! (DOUBLE EDITION)

For our 10th Anniversary we chose the internet-free zone in some cold mountains near our home, huddled around a big fireplace.


But for our 11th Anniversary, we decided to blow it out--and by "it", we mean our vacation budget for the year!


But you can't take your money with you, or so we have heard, so we went north into a "restricted area" of our country to a 5-star hotel that really is a destination itself.

Complete with bathtubs (which are a luxury in this country)...


Heaters in the room (another luxury), big beds, jungle balconies…


Some of the best Continental and South Asian food we have had in the country…


And fancy art all over the hotel grounds, 


We were able to de-stress while staying warm and getting fed.

People asked what we did with Rebekah during the trip. 


Well, she's one of the best things to come from our marriage, and she was the princess for the hotel staff. 


The room had plenty of space for her toys,


As well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds for Rebekah to play on, and pose in!




We don't go this big very often, but it was worth it!


Here's to another great year (together) in South Asia!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Cold


Someone asked if it ever got cold enough here in South Asia to wear coats and hats. We laughed, thinking about the nights when we, in our concrete and marble ice-box apartment, crawl under 3 or 4 blankets and remain there for the next 9 or 10 hours because we are afraid of the cold air and the cold floor. Granted, this cold only lasts for about 2 or 3 months here in our town.

Then we think about the times each December or January that we make our post-Christmas trip up to Darjeeling, which sits right at 7,000 ft, the 'foothills' of the tallest mountain range in the world. And we wonder why we torture ourselves with this cold annually.


Something about the town, with the mountain sides full of tea fields, 


The ponies for Rebekah to ride daily,


The opportunities to dress up like tourists and act like tourists,


And just warm ourselves with good food, fireplaces, and awesome friends. 


We wouldn't trade our trips up the mountains for anything.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Really, South Asia? Part Sixteen (Mechanical Bulls)

Resolutions for the 2014? Nope, not really.

We are just trying to have a good time here in South Asia.

And what is more fun than Mechanical Bulls?


Perhaps a better question is "Why is there a Mechanical Bull in South Asia?"


Jump on the back of a cow, or spur a bull with your boots, anywhere else in our country and you'll start a riot. 

We cannot even joke about missing hamburgers or prime rib around most people here.


And if you hit a bull with your car (since they sit in the middle of the street)

You really better go to a police station before a riotous crowd drags you from your truck.


But put a cute little American girl on the back of one

And that apparently makes it all okay.