Hello from Jodhpur, though by the time you get this, I’ll be in Delhi on my way to Istanbul for one final week of wandering before flying home. It’s been a beautiful week here, full of the chaos and colour I remembered and so loved the first time I came to India and has had me coming back ever since. This trip has been a long time coming. I’m not sure what took me so long, except perhaps a growing focus on Africa and then on the west coast of Canada. I wandered markets and temples all week, introducing my four students to this incredible place, drinking enough masala chai and dal makhani to keep me powered for weeks, and generally soaking in the wonder. There is magic here, as there is everywhere if you look hard enough and are open to seeing it. But here it’s vibrant and loud and announces itself with a horn.
I’m easing into this new way of doing workshops – with very small groups of students, just 4 or 5, that I can push hard, and with whom I can spend quality time: there are just enough of us to sit around a meal table and share one conversation. Not so many that I can’t give my attention to everyone. I love it. After years of trying to find my place with travelling workshops, this is the way I want to do them from now on. If you’re interested, keep your ear to the ground, I’ll soon be announcing Venice, Florence, Rome, and a return to Jodhpur for a week that culminates with the colourful Holi festival (March 2017). When I do announce these workshops they’ll be by application only, so I can best curate the group, and they will fill very quickly. If you want to be on my Workshop Only email list, SIGN UP HERE.
These workshops, and the ones I have done before with friends like Matt Brandon, Jeffrey Chapman, and Martin Bailey who still do wonderful trips, have been one of the great gifts of my life. Most of my friends, including my wonderful girl, Cynthia, have been met on one of these trips. There are few other ways I know to bond so well with others than to travel with them.
Now I’m off to pack my bags before the sun sets over the Meranghar Fort and I need to be on a rooftop to revel in it and say goodbye to my new friends. I brought an Eagle Creek duffle on this trip that splits into 2 bags and between the incredible textiles (4 bed spreads), spices, scarves, and the gorgeous brass Ganesha figure I bought, I’m going to need it. God help me when I get to the bazaars in Istanbul in a couple days!
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