There is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, not the least being our
return to the aadheenam after five weeks on the road. Our flight from San
Francisco departs in a couple of hours. But there will be three more TAKA posts
next phase which we will write on the plane today.
The 15.5-hour flight from Delhi to New Jersey was an opportunity to catch up on much of our storytelling and the hours fled quickly, the whole flight in the dark of night.
Yoginathaswami and I had planned for a day of recuperation here, and we were treated to a delightful series of short excursions. Lunch with Asha Tanzi, Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala was filled with reports on our travels and tidbits about New York. Kaika's love of architecture has made him a walking encyclopedia, and he can tell you details about the history of every major building in the city. We learned so much.
Off we went to the Statue of Liberty, taking a ferry across some choppy waters on a cool day. The statue is larger than we thought. Then hopping the subway and busses to reach the Intrepid Museum where the Space Shuttle Endeavor is on display on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
It was a much-appreciated down time for two slightly discombobulated two world wanderers. Just 24 hours, but so needed after 34 days of non-stop outreach.
The day we arrived, Nilufer said: "It has been freezing for the last ten days, and the Sun came out when you arrived." It turned into a tropical day in Manhattan. Then, as we were sitting on the plane the next day, ready for the flight to San Francisco, the weather returned with a vengeance and our flight had to be de-iced before taking off. Seems we had inadvertently packed the Hawaiian weather, taking it to California!
In San Francisco that night we had a truly delightful dinner with four Kulapatis: Deva Rajan, Easan Katir, Easvan Param and Adi Alahan, with hours of fun conversation and some special vegan dishes made by Sundari to feed our vegan traveler. A most perfect final evening of our travels.
Now, off to Kauai!