Adventures in India: Home Stay

Hi Guys! Long time no talk! My husband and I spent the first half of March in India, visiting a dear friend of his. It was quite the experience-hot, beautiful, alarming, smelly (both good and bad), fascinating and very, very different from my ordinary life in America.

The journey to India is LOOOONNGGG-it took us around 26 hours to get there and about 30 to get home.

The journey to India is LOOOONNGGG-it took us around 26 hours to get there and about 30 to get home.

We stayed with my husband’s friend’s family while we were in Kolkata which was a fabulous experience. This is the view into the dining room from the living room and I made all sorts of notes about my surroundings.

We stayed with my husband’s friend’s family while we were in Kolkata which was a fabulous experience. This is the view into the dining room from the living room and I made all sorts of notes about my surroundings.

This is the view across the room from where I was sitting when I made the drawing on the previous spread. The carpet patterned thing on the wall covers a painting of a battle from the Mahabharata. It is gorgeous, but after buying it, they learned that a battle painting can cause arguments in the home so they keep it covered up.

This is the view across the room from where I was sitting when I made the drawing on the previous spread. The carpet patterned thing on the wall covers a painting of a battle from the Mahabharata. It is gorgeous, but after buying it, they learned that a battle painting can cause arguments in the home so they keep it covered up.

The bed in our room was very comfortable in red and gold. Every night we erected a tent of mosquito netting to protect us and slept under it with the fan on.

The bed in our room was very comfortable in red and gold. Every night we erected a tent of mosquito netting to protect us and slept under it with the fan on.

This is the view outside the window above our bed. Every morning someone would hang laundry in this little rooftop courtyard and in the afternoon they would take it down. Pigeons, sparrows, crows, and the occasional kite (like our hawks) would perch on rooftops and eaves.

This is the view outside the window above our bed. Every morning someone would hang laundry in this little rooftop courtyard and in the afternoon they would take it down. Pigeons, sparrows, crows, and the occasional kite (like our hawks) would perch on rooftops and eaves.

Quick sketches of our friend’s maids who came once a day to sweep and mop, and a sketch of their two year old.

Quick sketches of our friend’s maids who came once a day to sweep and mop, and a sketch of their two year old.

A rare quiet moment!

A rare quiet moment!

Biscuits and tea were a high point of every day. We brought home the same tea mix that we had while we were there and I am now learning how to brew loose leaf tea at the age of 31!  Next up: Our adventures outside of the house.

Biscuits and tea were a high point of every day. We brought home the same tea mix that we had while we were there and I am now learning how to brew loose leaf tea at the age of 31!

Next up: Our adventures outside of the house.