Sunday, March 28, 2010

Grandma Comes for a Visit...

Grandma (Lesa's mom) came to India for five weeks. Cousin Brandi came along as well for the first 2 weeks. We tried to fill their days with places to go and things to see. I think India was a bit of a shock. Sights of wide-spread poverty, cattle roaming freely in city streets and rubbish everywhere can be overwhelming for new-comers!
Grandma got to experience a lot while here. We took her up north to the Nainital hill-station so she could lay her eyes on the Himalayan mountains...
Then we got her to go on an Elephant Safari AND a Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park. Of course we never saw any tigers... but she did get up close and personal with an elephant.
We dragged her east to the city of Agra to see one of the seven wonders of the world: the Taj Mahal.And then we sent her south with our driver, Chauhan to see the "Pink" city of Jaipur and the holy city of Pushkar down in Rajasthan.
I think Grandma was exhausted when she arrived back at ATS here in Noida. Cousin Brandi made her escape back home to Buffalo, but Grandma was determined to hang with us for 3 more weeks. She got a chance to shop and see some of the many sights in Delhi... then we dragged her off again... on a family trip to Singapore and Malaysia.Sights of the "Merlion" in Singapore, the spires of the tall Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the beautiful Boh Tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands were a great way to round out her visit with us... We will really miss having her here (especially the kids), but hopefully Grandma's India-experience was worth all the miles traveled.

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