Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Let it Go"

The past couple of weeks have seemed incredible, insanely busy. Both Elise and I are swamped with work and with kids.

Yes, in the middle of it all, we did set aside four days to take the kids to see the Taj Mahal. Pictures to come. In my mind, if we did nothing else--saw nothing else--we were going to go see the Taj Mahal. We waited a year to do it--really, until we couldn't wait anymore--hoping that the kids (at least one or two of them) will remember it.

We set aside four days to see one thing, spacing out the travel and taking our time, the only way, truly, we were going to make it with three young kids, flying from Delhi to Chennai one day, driving from Delhi to Agra the next, driving back from Agra to Delhi the third, and finally, on the fourth day, flying back to Chennai.

I could tell you more about the trip, but a photo--especially a photo of the Taj Mahal--is worth a thousand words. Suffice it to say, it was an exciting, crazy, exhausting adventure. And I can safely say that I will remember as much Peter's breath on my hip as he drifted off to sleep at night, four of us piled into one queen bed, two distinct puffs of air, one, steadily, from each nostril, as I will the Taj Mahal. I plan to write more about the trip soon.

In the the past few weeks, we have started bidding on our next assignment after India. No hints. I don't want to jinx ourselves. Compared to our peers our bidding season is mercifully short, and after a year of speculating where we might end up, it seems a bit anti-climatic.

Elise's photos have been featured not once, but twice on Conde Nast Traveler's Instagram feed. She is in Goa this week at the Magnum Photographer's workshop.

Clementine is sick; we just got back from the doctor's office with the diagnosis of a double ear infection. I had a feeling there had to be a reason she was in my bed from midnight until 3:30 a.m. and it wasn't just because she missed her mother, though there was that, too. We all do.

And all the kids have fallen in love with the Disney movie "Frozen". Peter and Clementine are both equally drawn to princesses and act out scenes from the movie though they have 'only' scene the movie three times. The song is catchy, and there could be worse songs to have to listen to three dozen times a day!

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