This year has started off great in terms of travel for us. In fact, since the end of last year itself. We went to Waynad with the sister’s family during the Christmas weekend, to Chennai during the Republic Day weekend and to Mangalore the last weekend.
It may seem like a lot of travel to be doing with an infant. Maybe it is. But as long as we and our baby is comfortable with it, I don’t think we should care about what people think. We planned out our travels well enough that Gundu doesn’t get tired. His food, sleep etc. was taken care of appropriately. We stayed at our friends’ place both times. They made extra sure that Gundu was taken care of. So I choose to ignore all the raised eyebrows in our family. 🙂
The Mangalore trip was planned as a friend of mine and his wife were blessed with a baby boy last month. It was born premature, so we put off our urge to see it, a bit, so it copes well before people start visiting. Gundu came up with a sudden cold, the night before we were supposed to travel. We had gotten the confirmed tickets in tatkal on the same day. Cancelling the AC tickets would not only mean we lose our money but also irking my friend, who taken an off from work, since we would be visiting. We decided to just go ahead with the plan.
The heat and humidity there ensured that Gundu’s cold got better. 😀 My god, the heat was horrible. We visited in Feb and couldn’t bear the heat, I can’t imagine how summer would actually be!
We visited the month old baby. He looked tiny and like a replica of his dad. He was mostly asleep, so we couldn’t cuddle him. The times he was awake, he would be crying. Watching him made me wonder if my baby was that tiny too? Did I actually hold a baby that small, did I take care of him? Time makes you forget things so easily.
Later in the evening, we went to the beach. The best part about Mangalore beaches for me is that we can watch the sunset. We are too lazy to wake up early and go watch a sunrise. Did that only once in all my visits and stay in Chennai. Hence, sunset is the easier option. 🙂 We saw a glorious sunset. Gundu was mesmerized watching the orange sun in the sky. He couldn’t take his eyes off it. Sadly, this time too, he was scared of the water and didn’t like wetting his feet. I hope he outgrows this soon.
I remember I too hated water during my childhood. I used to cry and scream, when made to stand under a waterfall. I didn’t realize when that changed. Now I love waterfalls, beaches, lakes, rivers, everything! I can spend hours watching the sea or river. I love the feeling of the water falling hard on my head under the waterfall. All this gives me hope that Gundu will also taking a liking for water some day.
The following day, we spent time visiting temples and ate yummy ice creams at the famous Pabbas. It tasted awesome!
It was already time for our return journey. We bid adieu to Paapu Uncle 😀 and got on to the train back home with promises of meeting each other again soon.