Takeoff! From Mexico to INDIA
I started off my travels this time together with my dearest mother. She has wanted to travel to India since she was young but hasn’t had the opportunity to do so for various reasons. I had also wanted to visit India for a few years, ever since I started getting more deeply into my Yoga practice and learning more about Ayurveda and Indian culture. So the perfect chance arose when I saw that the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) was happening in India this year. IPC’s started back in 1984 in Australia as a gathering of practitioners of permaculture from around the world. They have been happening every odd years in different countries, so who knows if there’ll be another IPC in India in my lifetime. So I asked my mom if she wanted to go and she immediately said yes, of course!
And so we embarked on our journey on the night of November 21st, after a long day, which included dropping off my brother and his girlfriend early in the morning at the San Diego airport, buying some last minute things we needed, crossing the border back to Tijuana for one last sauna and cold shower session at our local country club, dinner with my dad, then finally driving to LAX to catch our red-eye flight.
The first leg of our journey was 13 hours to Beijing. There, we had a 15-hour layover… We were able to get a 72-hour visa-free transit, so we were able to explore the city for a while before heading back to the airport. We grabbed lunch at a vegan restaurant I found on HappyCow*. It was in a quaint little street that looked like the houses had been converted to restaurants, boutique shops, and cafés. There was even this one cat shop with the funniest looking cats that I had only ever seen pictures of. We then headed to the Forbidden City for a quick tour. It was so cold and we were so sleep deprived, but it was still really fun!
Beijing to New Delhi – 8 hour flight. We arrived at 2 in the morning and headed straight to our hotel. We didn’t get to see much of the city except on our taxi ride from the hotel back to the airport the next morning to catch our next flight to Hyderabad, where the conference was to take place.
*HappyCow is an app and website that’s oh so useful for finding vegan and vegetarian spots all over the world! I would definitely recommend using it <3