M.’s friends have always wanted him to get married in India — who doesn’t want an excuse to go? — but I just couldn’t go that far (Boothbay Harbor is far enough). So the compromise I dreamed up? A big party for his 40th birthday in Bangalore, where his parents are from.
Kinda genius, I must say myself.
But it never would have really happened without our adventurous Colombian friends egging us on — they signed up ages ago, in October 2012, and made the crazy idea seem, well, not quite so crazy.
Now the countdown is on — we depart March 14th — and we’ve got a proper party on our hands.
20 people or more, including my parents and sister and friends we hardly ever get to see (as well as friends we see just about every week). How awesome is that??
The itinerary will take us on a two-day safari in a tiger reserve in Bandipur, to temples and markets in the super-fast-growing Bangalore (I’m planning to buy my wedding dress fabric there, squeeee), and finally, on a big group holiday in the southern region of Kerala, where these pictures are from.
Looking at them, I can hardly contain my gratitude and excitement.
I mean, there are ELEPHANTS.
Elephants you can ride, elephants you can pet, and even WILD ELEPHANTS CROSSING THE ROAD.
Also: paradise and beaches and bayous and food and tea plantations and boats but mostly
WILD ELEPHANTS CROSSING THE ROAD.
I really don’t know how this little elephant-loving heart of mine is gonna handle it.