Saturday, December 21, 2013

Going Back in Time

Going back in time is always the hardest for me. A week ago Saturday we left my in-laws flat in Bangalore, India at 5am. After two long British Airways flights we landed in Boston around 7:30 pm the same day. It took 1 1/2 hours to get our baggage because the luggage carousels broke twice. The C&J Trailways bus was late and then took two hours to reach Portsmouth because of a snowstorm. We finally reached home at midnight Saturday night--the same calendar day that we left India (because the East Coast is 10.5 hours behind Bangalore), but in real time it was nearly thirty hours later. I know, it takes awhile to grasp, and certainly awhile for my body to re-adjust.

Then, within three days of arriving home, two snowstorms dumped 1.5 feet of powdery snow and the temperature was well below freezing for several days. The snow is beautiful (or was as it is now rainy), but I am still dreaming of white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and hermit crabs on Havelock Island in the Andamans.

Today is the Winter Solstice--our shortest day and longest night. Even though this is just the start of winter, the days will start getting longer. And that is something that my body will embrace.

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