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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Our Goa Beach Vacation

This post is long overdue due to some technical issues on my end (the inability to upload pictures.)  Blogger seems to have fixed itself so we are back in blogging business!  I have a lot to update you on, but I first want to share the pictures from our New Years Eve Goa Beach Vacation.

We're off!  Ready to relax and have some fun (as well as celebrate our sixth anniversary and New Years Eve).

We did a good mix of seeing one or two things in the morning and then relaxing at the beach the rest of the time. 

The view from our hotel patio.  Our hotel was decent had had hot water and good plumbing.  It was a bit of a walk to the beach, but we got in some exercise or found a taxi to take us home if we needed :).

Our friends Chase and Melissa came to visit us and experience Goa with us!  Here they are at the spice plaintation.  It was so very hot there and the employees we so excited to serve us some of the hotest tea around.  We drank it and sweat a lot, but enjoyed the experience all the same.

Goa has a lot of Christians compared to the rest of India and here is one Catholic Church with their Nativity.  The nativity was a bit creepy in real-life but we had a good time looking at it!

The spice plaintation

I will write more about our experiences in Goa as well as our latest trip, Rajasthan.  We just got back on Monday and had a great time with Bryan's brother, Joel.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Settling into life in Bangalore

When we arrived in Bangalore at the beginning of September neither Bryan nor I could have imagined how fast the time would go or how much this experience would change us.   We love our experience and try to get as much out of it as we can.
A few weeks ago we got the opportunity to spend the better part of a day with our friends and their family.  We went to see Life of Pi in 3D and then went to their house where we got to play with their adorable little girl, chat, and get some cooking lessons.
I learned how to make Dosa (a lighter version of a pancake that may be eaten plain or with a potato and onion filling that we love), a version of Biryani (a rice and spice dish traditional to this part of the world), an easy and delicious chili-chicken, and pan fried fish.  We left that night stuffed and I was excited to make these things on my own.  If I can remember to take pictures next time I make them, I’ll try to blog about it.  I’m sure that some of the things will take a bit of practice for me to ‘master’ but that just means more good food for us to enjoy
The next few blog posts will be about our great vacation in Goa, a beach state where we celebrated New Years Eve!