Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Yes, that is what the Indian population call it! And for good reason. Today, we traveled to a place that gives houseboat tours. We actually had this all lined up and reserved for Tuesday. The problem with going Tuesday was the statewide transportation strike. So on our way we prayed that God would make a way for us to enjoy this particular touristy attraction. We had heard so many people who recommended this to us. Our bus driver told us that they were booked for the day and no boats were available. I was blissfully unaware that there might be a potential problem with getting a boat. I also had no idea of what to expect once we arrived. It turned out that our bus driver had connections with this industry. And he worked those connections for us to get a two bedroom houseboat for four hours. All I can say is WOW! It was the most fantastic day that we have had since our journey began. Words can't describe the beauty. They just can't! I won't even attempt it because it would be such a pitiful disgrace to what we saw and the relaxation we felt. The only thing that could have made the day better would have been the absence of kids. They just can't appreciate peaceful surroundings for four hours. But I could see coming back and booking that trip for a couple of days! That would be great fun.
So, that is it. That's all we did today, and it was glorious. One nice thing that was truly unexpected – Papa bought us a houseboat made out of rosewood as a souvenir to remember our day. That was so nice. It will be proudly displayed in our home as a fond remembrance of the best day in India – so far!