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A Whirlwind of an India Trip…

The Himalayas

Right now, I’m suffering time shifts of jet lag, having just finished a whirlwind tour through Dubai, Nepal and India.

I have a gazillion photos to sort through and ‘curate’ before sharing them on Flickr and Facebook. Sure, I’d like to post them on Instagram too, but I like Facebook’s ability to create nice photo albums, while they also get posted on my timeline.

But, this jet lag could last a couple of weeks, until I get back on schedule and have regular sleep patterns.

Anyway, this was a wonderful experience, this trip to Northern India, also known as the Heart of India. And I’ve been wanting to visit since I was a senior in high school.

I have a feeling I was a Hindu in a past life, living near the Himalayas, meditating amid the snow capped peaks. Whether there is validity to this or not, whether it’s an honest feeling or just pure imagination, I do have these feelings of having had past lives in India and Nepal, or maybe Tibet.

But the Heart of India tour went by so quickly, I would need some time to catch my breath and gather my thoughts. Our travel guide was Sujay, and he did an outstanding job at sharing his country with us, telling some great stories that came from the heart, and he had a unique sense of humor that probably Indians could only deliver.

Of course, my wife and I, and her sister and husband, also did a 5 day tour through Nepal, and prior to that did an overnight stay in Dubai and tried seeing as much as we could on just one full day.

These trips abroad affect me in multiple ways, as I feel that I’m essentially a home body, and I like my daily routines and regimens, so coming back is a real challenge to get back on track again. But, I do love to travel, and I think that maybe 1 or 2 trips abroad is good enough for me. I’m a working musician so it does afford me some flexibility. And, I also am an active trader in stocks, so I could do that anywhere in the world.

What’s up next?

Is it too early to even mention this? Being that I’m trying to organize my Nepal and India photos.

Well, Japan has always been a country that I’ve wanted to visit. I’m a Buddhist lay person, so countries that have strong roots in Buddhism appeal to me very much.

Also, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands appeal to me as well.

But, instead of a fast tour, sometimes I just want to chill and slow things down with a trip to Bora Bora or the Fiji Islands.

Okay, I think I’m getting ahead of myself here. So, let me just bask in the glow of having been to India and Nepal for the first time. It has been a lifelong dream fulfilled.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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