A personal note from Ales!
Having just spend 3 weeks traveling in India, mostly in Rajasthan, I would like to share some of my thoughts on the amazing journey I’ve had with my son Isaac.
This is not the usual type of newsletter you have been receiving but instead something straight from my heart, more of an internal recount of our wonderful experiences and how this trip has touched, maybe even changed our lives.
Before I talk more about our journey, I’d like to say that we loved each of the cities and sites we’ve visited and it would be hard to pick our favorite one.
However, there was one place which was overwhelming (in a good way) and which brought up a lot of emotions in both of us, the Taj Mahal. Yes, it is even more breathtaking than on pictures and when we entered through the main gate early in the morning, I was honestly moved to tears.
Maybe because both Isaac and I had dreamed of coming here for many years but we also both felt that there is a very special atmosphere and energy surrounding this amazing site.
Since our visit to the Taj Mahal happened on our third day in India, I think it set the tone for the entire journey.
Let me begin by saying that I have completely fallen in love with India! In many ways it has forced me to open my eyes and my heart to see that there is a whole other way to live life. Traveling will do that to you. 🙂
You might ask what it was that has made such a profound impact on me? I honestly couldn’t point out anything in particular, instead it has been the entire experience, the contrasts, the sights and sounds, the fragrances in the air, the love story of the Taj Mahal, the history of all the exciting places we’ve got to see and most of all, the beautiful people who we’ve met along the way and who have touched our lives on this journey.
Too many people visit India and many other countries for that matter, comparing it to where they come from, thinking how they would change certain things to make it more like where they live because it seems like the better way to be, never noticing that the greatest gift lies in all the differences we get to experience.
This trip made me more than ever realize that traveling is about embracing something new, appreciating how other people live and use this experience to expand and enrich our own lives.
During our time in India I realized that if I tried to understand why there are cows crossing a 6-lane highway (though 6 lanes could sometimes seem to be 8 or even 10 lanes 🙂 ), while large trucks, buses, cars, bicycles, motor bikes and even pedestrians share the same road, I was bound to fail and miss out on the experience, which turned out to be a real gift.
When we arrived back in Vancouver and drove home from the airport, Isaac put it well into one sentence by saying: “It’s so quiet here, I miss the honking, the cows on the street, the smell of food everywhere, people trying to cross the road while cars swoosh by them left and right and yet everything seems to work out perfectly…….”, I could so relate to this and in that moment we both realized how profound our trip had been and how much we had been in enchanted by India.
India is a country of extremes, probably more so than any other place I’ve been to and I have heard people say that you either love or hate it, but the only way I can see anyone not having an unforgettable experience in this amazing country, is one who comes holding on to their own ways of living, not accepting that this is how life is lived here.
It is funny how when my son who is 15, was asked by his school friends where he was going for Spring break, when he told them that he would be traveling India for 3 weeks, he received responses like; “Why India? What’s in India? or …India, really?”
We both knew before we went that it would be an amazing adventure and now that we have returned we can say with confidence that it has been one of our best trips, better than what we ever could have imagined.
With this, I am hoping to inspire others to visit and experience this awesome country, I know that we will be back very soon.
When you do decide to go, allow yourself to just be, take in the sights and sounds, the history and everything that comes with being there. If you do, I promise, you’ll have the most unforgettable experience.
If you have any questions or would like to have an amazing itinerary created, one which will include staying in 100’s of years old fairy tale type hotels, which used to be palaces and homes of Maharajas and with guides who will bring India’s history to life, do feel free to contact me and I will be happy to design something just for you with the passion and love I hold for this wonderful country.
I’ve been passionate about travel ever since I can remember. Having had the opportunity to travel all around the world for many years it’s my greatest desire to enrich peoples lives in a profound way by creating unforgettable journeys, and give each of my clients the amazing experiences I’ve had throughout my travels.
By allowing me to design your journeys, you can be assured that you will be taken care of from the moment we start planning your vacation until the moment you return. Contact me and let me know where you would like to go or let me help you find the destination that will give you the experience you are looking for.
May all your travels stir your soul and change your life forever – Ales.