Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Familiarity

Dearest Suparna,

Every day I've tried to theme my letters to you around some sort of new feeling or realization that I had that day. Today I thought a lot about this, but nothing came to mind. We certainly had many lovely new experiences, but not so many new feelings. I think everything I've written about family, the luxury of time, and just enjoying being in these amazing places still rings true. As we were walking home together, you pointed out to me that maybe the new feeling I had today was of familiarity. In some way now that we've been traveling for a long time together, I'm getting use to what I feels like to be traveling and on the road. I think that's a nice feeling.

Today we drove through the English countryside with Phuphaji, Bua, and Seren. It was marvelous! This is just what I would picture when you talk about all the stories you read growing up. It also makes me think of all of the wonderful little towns in Merlin and other fantasy stories. I loved it.

Then we submerged ourselves far underground in the speedwell caverns, which were old lead mines. We traveled through them by boat! I had no idea we were going to be going so deep, or that we would be in such a tight space. For someone who always suffered from being claustrophobic growing up, I thought it would be more difficult for me, but it really wasn't so bad after all. Actually, the experience was quite amazing.

And then we had a lovely walk through the Castleton village and had cream tea. The combination of scones, jam, and clotted cream was pure decadence! It made me think of all of our times eating scones and lemon curd in the US with our good friends. Now we have yet one more variation to try. :-)

Thanks for another lovely day.

Tumhaaraa hamesha,
-Daniel




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