Planes, trains and automobiles.

August 1, 2009 at 7:42 AM 4 comments

NINE planes (2 of which were 30-hour journeys) + ONE 18-hour train + COUNTLESS automobiles (including 2 4-hour bus trips on mountain roads) = UNMEASURABLE memories and fun on our vacation.  We had a wonderful time visiting my family in India.  I’ll give you a recap on this blog, but for more photos you can refer to the photo album links I emailed you or my albums on Facebook.  If you don’t have the link you can email me or leave a comment on this blog and I’ll send it to you.  I don’t want to post the links here because this is a public site – hope you understand!

We left our house at 7:30 AM on August 1.  Our flight from Denver to Newark was uneventful.  A 4 hour wait at Newark airport was a little longer than we wanted, but we passed the time by walking around the terminal and letting Meena run around the quieter areas.  She was charming all the strangers; smiling, flirting, laughing.

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We finally started boarding our flight to Mumbai – it took an hour to get on the plane, and then we sat for another hour in the plane before we even took off!  Thankfully once we got the bassinet set up for Meena, she slept for a 4-hour stretch, giving us time to eat dinner, watch a movie and take a short nap.  The rest of the flight we spent entertaining Meena – she was pretty content to sit on our laps and sing or read.  We were so proud of her for doing so well on the 15 hour flight.

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We arrived in Mumbai at 9 PM on August 2.  Getting through customs and immigration was a breeze. People give you preferential treatment when you’re travelling with a baby in India – what a nice surprise!  When our entire flight of 250+ people were standing in line trying to clear customs, Meena started crying while in her stroller, which caught the attention of the chief customs official.  He came over to us and waved us right through – no x-raying the luggage, no standing in line, nothing!

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Although I didn’t take any photos of our hotel that night, here’s a video shot by Jay:

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Entry filed under: Meena, Travel.

Indian express. On the banks of the Brahmaputra.

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lillianclaire  |  August 22, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    I love how excited she looks in all of the pictures:)

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  • 2. Kavita  |  August 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    i’m excited to hear about the rest of your journey! heading to check out your pictures right now. 🙂

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  • 3. Kirk and Ania Taylor  |  August 22, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Yay! I can’t wait to see all the pictures! Meena looks so adorable in that first picture!

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  • 4. seekingsibling  |  August 23, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    You are my traveling HERO for taking such long flights with a baby. I totally bow down to you! I’ve been too chicken to even take Owen to Europe!

    That’s cool that people were so accommodating to you traveling with a baby. I think the US is way less understanding than the rest of the world in this regard, from what I’ve seen.

    Reply

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