Suratkal Beach, Karnataka
2009 had started well for me, I spent the last day of 2008 at the Suratkal Beach in Karnataka and I was inside a train on the New Year eve. And it rained travel on me @2009.
The next stop for me was Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh where I spent some time with the faculty members of ITM Gwalior discussing Research Methods with them.
Agra in March 2009
This was a family trip with Sesha, my mother in law and me, doing Agra and thoroughly enjoying it.
Oxford in May 2009
I spent nearly two thoroughly enjoyable weeks in UK, I had the fabulous time. Went to Oxford (I wonder if I will ever head that way again) London and Manchester, met school friends after 20 years and had a gala time. And before this there was a huge natak (drama) to get my passport, and I can use the word natak because I got it in the end, just before the trip and with just about enough time to get the visa too.
A Conference in Lucknow
Lucknow was another beautiful trip that was for work but included sightseeing within the conference program. And I have got the order wrong, I went Lucknow before Oxford.
The Dalai lama Temple Complex, McLeod Ganj
The trek we did from McLeod Ganj to Triund and beyond was wonderful with a little hail and rain on one day.
Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
This was a spnsored trip (via Gonomad) and simply luxurious as I stayed with the Taj Safari Lodge at the Banjar Tola camp.
Brat 1, 2 and I had a great time at Barog. The only scare was when Brat 1 and I walked inside the Barog tunnel and a train came!
Sesha and I headed to Orchha and a good time as the weather was extremely pleasant due to mild rains.
Then Brat 2 and I headed over to Bundi and had a good time in real frying hot weather!
The cutest thing to happen to us in 2009 was Chhavi, we went to Chandigarh to bring her home. And it is actually a little difficult to remember that I had a life before her! We thought that the adoption wait period was one and a half years but we got her soon. We started the process while we were heading for the McLeod Gan trek and got her in October!
This was the most unexpected trip of all, my first year when I went abroad twice ever! Lancaster was cold, it was wet and windy in November and yet I thoroughly liked it!
What an incredible year it has been! I still have a few copies left for grading. I would be doing it on the last day of 2009 and the first day of 2010. I hope my next year would not be filled of grading instead of travel. After all the first day of 2009, I was traveling, and I kept traveling throughout. By the same logic, I sincerely hope I will not keep grading throughout 2010.