Back in New York City Dazed and Excited

Over the past 10 months our family has been a very tight unit. Because we built bonds with new friends and met old ones and family along the way, we never felt homesick. However, on arriving in New York and being greeted by family we realize that, while home has been a portable concept for the four of us, we still had a lot of home to come back to here. Sitting down to a meal made by my mother, a cake lovingly selected by our aunt and having the kids swept up by a horde of eager arms were feelings that we realized we missed.

On November 1, 2011 we left New York City, determined to hit ten countries in ten months.

Getting Ready to Leave at JFK

We succeeded in our mission and arrived back yesterday, somewhat changed. There are obvious differences. Our bags are dirtier and we no longer need to worry about pacifiers.

A globetrotting friend said that sometimes a journey needs to end in order for the reflections to begin. We hope that this is true. We know that this journey has changed each of us and adjusted the lens from which we see each other and our world. Over the next few weeks we’ll share reflections of our journey and explore the joys and challenges of settling back down again. After all, this trip was a minor diversion and getting back on track is part of the course.

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  1. Appappa

    Yes! The blog continues. Thrilled to hear. And welcome back – hope to see the Lukes soon.

    • Diya

      We cannot believe that our first stop was to you in Hong Kong. It feels like a lifetime ago. Yes, stay tuned for more over the next few weeks.

  2. WEll done!!! Have so enjoyed your journeys, and look forward to more reflections!

  3. Raman

    Well done guys. We are so happy for your wonderful experience, some of which we shared vicariously via your entertaining missives. Pity you skipped Oz. Look forward to seeing you soon. Lots of love Suj & Raman

  4. ‘..this trip was a minor diversion and getting back on track is part of the course.”—well put! Ditto for us too, but at the same time, back on track but ‘different’. All the best on the next chapter of your lives.

    • Diya

      Thank you! It is great to watch your journey given that you are a few months ahead of us. We will be happy with back on track but ‘different’. Our hunch is that, after all of the changes we have been though, ‘more of the same’ would be harder to adjust to than ‘different’.

  5. Gita Murti

    Dear Diya,
    I am a friend of your parents, though I have never met you. I have so enjoyed reading your blog and travelling around the world with you. Thank you so much. All the best to Sandeep and your two lovely children as you settle back into life in the US of A.

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