India… wow. India is the most beautiful, strange, difficult, and powerful place. India is the reason I haven’t blogged for two months. I saw on Instagram a post about an opportunity to go to India and photograph a developmental project. I didn’t think it was something I could do or if it was something I even wanted to do. Later that day my husband texted me saying “Do you want to go to India?”… Now how cool is that??? In some ways I felt that when I got married I wouldn’t be able to do anything adventurous by myself. Boy was I wrong. I’m pretty lucky to have a supportive husband who pushes me to do crazy things.
FIRST DAY IN INDIA! First off the Indian clothes are freaking adorable. It is crazy how much traveling makes you exhausted. On the way from Delhi to Hyderabad I made a friend named Sri. Sri is a doctor and was super helpful in a new place. It was also fun because I was able to share some small parts of the gospel with him. Side note… India in June is BLAZING hot. Seriously it is 115 degrees everyday and super humid. I definitely was embarrassed at first at how much I wanted my American comforts. It took a few days for our apartment to be equipped with WiFi. In Hyderabad running water worked only from 6am to 9am. So we had to fill buckets up and shower with that. I said lots of prayers those few weeks. Prayers for safety, and of love, and gratitude.
These drawings are in front of every door and temple and business in India. Kolams. Such a fun Welcome.
View from our apartment.
Church in India was amazing! I got to go to the ward where my brother James first served his mission. Sailesh on the right was his first baptism! Sailesh is now married to Jaya and have a new baby! Everyone was so excited to meet Elder Egan’s sister. I was pretty honored.
We helped teach piano on Sundays which was super difficult but really fun!
Trying on Saris at the Mekala’s!
The Mekala’s we seriously a GOD SEND! They let us eat their food watch their TV gave us rides and tours. Love them.
Dinner at Sailesh’s house. Indians love movies so the whole time during dinner we watched James Bond. I love India.
These cute little sisters would wave to us every morning as we caught an auto to go to work.
Our cute english students. *heart melts*
The necklace I’m wearing is a symbol in South Eastern India for marriage. The black beads in particular. No one looks for a wedding ring just that necklace. Everyone thought I was married to and Indian man but they were pleasantly surprised by the photos I would show them of Chris and I.
Charminar! So much shopping.
The girls school. Talk about a wild place. These girls were so much fun and had SO much energy.
Das family! Such a strong family in the church. Amazed by their testimonies and love.
The sewing school. (I do not sew… but it was really cool to watch these ladies learn on hand crank machines)
They held a ceremony and even blessed the machines.
One night we were so hot and so we decided to go to a Indian movie!! The workers at the theatre were so confused because their movies don’t have English subtitles so we wouldn’t be able to understand what was going on. But who doesn’t love crazy sound effects, dancing, singing, and an air conditioned theatre in 100 degree weather. It was a BLAST.
Spurti is the all boys school and they all have my heart.
On the way home from Spurti Christy, Courtney, and I took an auto home by ourselves. On that auto ride home we got hit by another auto. Never have I laughed so hard at two grown men yelling very quickly in Telugu to each other.
Last day at the children’s school was so sad and happy. I gave them all a photo of me when I left. I hope they can remember me like I will remember them.
Another family but this time I’m in Bangalore! The Isaacs are a family my brother taught and baptized in India. They are so cool! Nicole one of the daughters goes to BYU Idaho and so we have her over on holidays to hang out! It was so fun to meet the rest of the Isaac family. Carol took my for a crazy scooter ride… I love how much Carol was concerned about me, she made sure I had fun and was safe the whole time.
Reji even washed my clothes..
Best day when Chris came to India!!! I seriously was over the moon. Mysore Palace is pretty dope.
Next, we went to Chennai India to meet Minni! Chris and I did not have a cell phone so trying to find Minni in a huge crowd at the airport was crazy. All of a sudden after fifteen minutes of looking Minni runs up and gives me a hug! So grateful we found her!
Minni took us straight to Mahabalipuram where we saw 2,000+ year old stone carvings. This is called the butter ball.
Chris wanted the monkey to give him all knowing wisdom.
We got to attend a birthday party. Not sure how we all fit but we made it. It was amazing.
Delhi. There is no place quite like it. The Kataka family was nice enough to house us for the days we were there. Jantar Mantar is this ginormous astrology device. It always knows what time it is by the sun. We had a self appointed tour guide there that just started talking to us then asked for 500 rupees. It was unfortunate that he was super difficult to understand.
Lodi Gardens is beautiful. Had fun taking a nap and lounging around in there.
Humayun’s Tomb. One of the coolest buildings in India. Gate of India
Ravi Gupta is THE MAN! One of my brother’s best friends in India. They made the best dinner for us.
The road to Taj Mahal is long but oh so worth it. The details are the best part about. Everyone needs to go.
Covering I head for temples.
Old Delhi is THE COOLEST. Spice market as well… you roll up and literally your nose is on fire by all the different spices. We rode on an a bike rickshaw… The way they fit through the tiny alley ways is nuts.
Red fort… we took so many photos here with other Indians. Not mad.
Seeing Friday prayer day at the biggest mosque in India was SO COOL. Jama Masjid.
Learning how to play cricket.
McDonalds and Limca saved my life when India food wasn’t cutting it.
Best traditional Mughal food. Karim’s is a long line of chefs who cooked for the royal family. Delicious food.
I hope to see you soon India and hope to see my Indian friends here in Utah sometime!!!