Okay so it's not 100% confirmed yet, as we have not even booked and paid our deposits yet, but I have a pretty strong feeling that KAREN AND HAN ARE GOING TO INDIA TOGETHER IN FEBRUARY!
How did all this come to be?
Well so I've been going on about how I'm going to India and secretly I'm a little scared of going there on my own, since in all 27 whole years of my existence, I have not really traveled anywhere on my own especially a country like India. To be honest I don't even know what to expect, although I am a bit worried about potential muggings I've read about online, or people taking your luggage on the train and refuse to give it back to you unless you pay them a ridiculous sum of money (by India standards) for "carrying it" off the train for you and taking their buddy's taxi.
In addition to this, I am not sure how I'm going to survive washing my own clothes (hand wash, not a washing machine), no hair dryer, vegetarian cuisine (oh how I love my meat), amongst other things, and I was suggested by my beloved favourite yoga teacher in the world Nadine that I should read Yoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge. Being the diligent student that I forever am, I quickly logged onto Kalahari.net and ordered the book as well as her second book, The Handbag and Wellies Yoga Club, without even reading the first one (oh you all know what kind of shopper I am).
I have yet to finish Yoga School Dropout but it has been wonderful, funny, inspiring and interesting read thus far which totally deserves a completely separate post which I will do so some time in the future (perhaps when I actually finish the book). And I digress…. So at the back of the book Lucy Edge put in a list of useful contacts (I don't know why I was looking at the back of the book while I was only half way through reading it…), and at the top of the list for India was "GOA, The Purple Valley Yoga Centre, www.yogagoa.net
". Being the inquisitive and internet-junkie person that I am, of course I went on and checked out the website and O-M-G (with Janice's accent from Friends), this place looks AMAZING! I then spent the next few hours glued to my netbook, searching on all info about Goa and this yoga centre and frankly I could not find one reason why I should not go.
A super excited Karen tells her first and perhaps only yoga buddy to this day/best friend/sister/everything else that she is to me, Han, about this amazing place for a yoga retreat and after very little convincing if any at all, she decides to come too! Not only will it be amazing to go on holiday with your friend, it will be extra special as we haven't seen each other for almost 2 years by the time we meet again in Mumbai in February. On top of that, we have always talked about going to India together for a retreat or a course of some sort for all the years we've been doing yoga, this is like our yoga dream come true! All we have to do now is book for the course, which I'm running into a bit of trouble with for some strange reason that I am sure we will overcome, and Goa, here we come in 5 months and a bit!