Monday, October 28, 2013

Leaving India

This year will be our sixth and final year living in New Delhi. We decided last May that it is time for a change, and we are sticking to our plan. I say that jokingly, but we call India the golden handcuffs. We have great jobs, great salaries and live in a great community and therefore it is hard to give it all up for the unknown. Our number one choice would be to remain abroad, but we are also looking at moving back to the United States if that plan doesn't work out.

India has changed tremendously in the past six years, but India is a still tough place to live. I look back to the first time I arrived at the old worn down Delhi airport. It was the first time I had left the United States and my emotions were high. I remember coming down the stairs into passport control and bursting into tears. "What in the hell am I doing?"

India is a crazy place. Most people come for short stays and click pictures of the chaos because it is so wild it is funny. When we first arrived we felt the same way. It is interesting to look back at those first time experiences and compare how I felt then and how I feel now. I think we progress in waves. Our feelings have progressed from this is wild and it is funny, to this is wild and it is normal, and now to this is wild and it annoys me.

Our time in India has been wonderful. Our lives have truly changed because of this place. It is an experience we will never regret. India is full of firsts for us and it is a place we will never forget.



  1. I believe I experienced an accelerated version of the wild/funny, wild/normal, wild/annoying progression during my extended stay in India. Which is why I completely understand why you have chosen to leave. And am simultaneously tearing up at the thought of it. Many blessings to you that you find a new home that has the ability to capture your heart in a very different but very similar way.

  2. I hope you are able to continue to share your children and your decision process and adventures with us. Thank you for sharing your miracles and expanding horizons.

  3. Come to Canada!!

    Sad to hear our next trip to India will not involve a visit with you both and the boys!

  4. Hey guys!

    I've followed your story for awhile :)
    My husband and I are coming at the end of the month - can we bring you any treats from Canada? A little snack or something that maybe you can't get there?

  5. Sad and glad that you're finally pulling the trigger. I remember discussing your timeline when we came to visit. Very curious to hear where you end up!