Apparently, there is a word limit on posts so here is Part 3 of my crazy Black/Indian/Filipino wedding weekend. 1 month down…a lifetime to go! Saturday Recap (Wedding Day!) We woke up around 8am again… More
Wow….I can’t believe we are exactly 100 days till our wedding…we are entering the double digit countdown ahhh!! It seems like it was just last April when we got engaged and we thought we had all the time in the world. This past year or so, wedding planning has taught me so much about myself, Nelli, and how we work together as a team. It’s been challenging and stressful to plan a wedding (ESPECIALLY a multicultural one) and I didn’t get it before but now I do. Some of the key decisions that we made for our wedding are:
- What’s the definition of FUSION – We wanted ONE ceremony. This was really important to me and Nelli. A lot of fusion weddings have 2 ceremonies to celebrate each culture. I really like that idea and think it’s a good way to incorporate everything but for me personally, it didn’t speak to me. It was important to me to show our close friends and family that we are committed to blending our cultures in our marriage and we were going to showcase that through one ceremony. We got a lot of doubters and I myself am working tirelessly to ensure that the ceremony script is seamless but I have a great feeling that it will turn out beautifully. I think it’s also nice to have one ceremony, because we will be hand pick a few traditions that mean the most to us and have a significant message that we believe in. I also love the fact that me and Nelli are working together to develop a script from scratch so it will truly be unique and represent who we are and what our union represents. Lastly, the officiants will be family members and not priests or pastors and I think this is a great idea to make the overall ceremony more personal.
Our experience in Trinidad was one of a kind and definitely felt like we were at home. The beginning to our trip was a tad rocky though. We arrived a day earlier than Phylicia so we stayed at a hotel close to downtown. As soon as we hopped off the plane and headed for customs our jaw dropped: the line to get out of the airport looked miles long. We ended up staying 4 HOURS in the airport just to get through customs – very frustrating time for us and other people. It was utter chaos: people were skipping, complaining, cutting, arguing; this debacle ended up being front page news in Trinidad next day. Luckily, our trip only went uphill from there.
The taxi ride to our hotel was lovely, there were 2 other ladies in our car who were coming back to their homeland Trinidad and were able to give us tons of advice about where to eat close to our hotel. Even though we were emotionally drained, our stomachs weren’t so as soon as we layed down our bags in our room we took a short 5 minute taxi ride to the street food they recommended. We ended up getting a couple Trinidad staples (corn soup, potato pie, roti, etc) and shared it between us. The food was delicious, veg friendly, Indian oriented and very cheap. The next day we had breakfast and explored a little of the surrounding areas before Phylicia’s friend’s cousin picked us up.
Hi everyone, I just had an amazing experience with my husband and my new friend Aman Kaur. WE DID A PODCAST EPISODE! Actually 2! Nelli and I talked about our experience as a Blindian couple and I’m so glad we got the opportunity. I am a really big fan of this podcast because it features people that are in interracial Indian marriages! How lovely. I’ve listened to each episode and it’s so awesome to relate to people and hear how they went through the challenges and joys of being married to an Indian! Please listen to our episodes below and let me know what you think. The episode will open in a new window so you don’t need anything else (tech wise) to listen. Also, click the source to go to Aman’s website to listen to other amazing stories.
My top 5 things to do:
- Visiting elephant orphanage
- Nuwara Eliya
- Tooth Relic
After we spent a couple days in Manipal and roadtripped to Bangalore – we hopped on a flight from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was an absolute dream, we had a packed schedule and a driver/tour guide the whole time we were there. One thing, I immediately learned is that even though some Sri Lankans look Indian, the small country is mostly Buddhist. Maybe it’s just me but the countries that are mostly buddhist have the friendliest, calmest people I’ve ever encountered. I really loved the vibe I was getting in Sri Lanka.
The moment we landed, I was struck by a blast of heat. I had some layers on the plane so I discreetly changed in the car – I was too hot to function! Our driver immediately took us to the Pinnewala orphanage – he wasn’t playing when he said we had a full itinerary. I loved seeing all the elephants and we even got the chance to wash and ride one! After the elephant ride, I had a lady accident but I tried to not let it dampen my plans. We also visited a ayurvedic farm and I tasted the best tea I’ve ever had and got some lotion and hair stuff. We later stopped by the Tooth Relic Temple which is apparently from Buddha. I didn’t like the crowds there but I enjoyed these murals that depicted how the tooth traveled and ended up in Sri Lanka. Our first night, we stayed at a fabulous hotel and thank god because that was the busiest first day I’ve ever experienced when traveling.
I have a travel rule that I never visit the same country twice (except for Costa Rica). There are a total of 196 countries in the world and I average 2-4 country visits a year. At this point…well you do the math…I will need to find the fountain of youth in order to accomplish my goal.
However, even if your home is 24 hours away you can’t help but go there yearly or every other year in the case of Nelli who’s hometown is in Manipal India. I wasn’t really excited to go because we had just been there the year before and because of my on-going issues with his Mom. In addition, my first trip to India was good but some aspects had turned me off…has there been a country that you didn’t love or is that an ungrateful or rude thing to say? Each country brings an experience and I know I shouldn’t put my particular one experience as a view of the entire country but I just can’t help the feeling that India isn’t my dream land. Nelli really wanted me to visit his hometown though so on the account that we would be visiting Sri Lanka as well I agreed to go.
There were a couple of roadblocks en route to going to India. One is I learned at the last minute that we wouldn’t be traveling to Hampi. Hampi is probably the most historic and well known tourist site in Karnataka. I really wanted to take a day trip here but Nelli wanted to prioritize staying as much time at home so I was really bummed about that. Continue reading “2nd trip to India – Hubby’s Hometown”
I DID NOT WANT TO GO TO ICELAND.
If you guys know me, my idea of a vacation is warm weather and a nice beach. Nelli would always tell me that Iceland was one of his dream trips and I was dreading the day when he would inevitably book his plane ticket. A couple months before he started planning and as usual, he was sticker shocked on the price as he started looking at airfare late. He was disappointed and started looking at trip prices in Canada which would offer a similar experience in offering Northern Lights drives. I knew how much he wanted to go to Iceland so going against my own pre-conceived notions, I pushed us to go to the little island somewhere near Europe.
The first stop after getting off the plane in Iceland was straight to Blue Lagoon. I was horrified because have you seen me coming off a 7 hour international flight? Apparently, going in the morning or right before or after a flight is common as the Blue lagoon is close to the airport and it gets REALLY crowded. The Blue Lagoon is a must-see if you are in Iceland and I enjoyed the refreshing, hot water as well as the mud mask after a long, dry flight.
- La Fortuna Waterfalls
- Arenal volcano visit
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Cafe Britt
- Tortuguero National Park
This was Nelli’s 2nd time going to Costa Rica and he absolutely loves the country especially their coffee. He actually planned his luggage around how much coffee he was going to bring back when we visited Cafe Britt.
Things I wish we had done – Because we only stayed for a short time, we definitely skimmed the surface of all Costa Rica has to offer. I don’t usually prefer to visit countries twice because there is so much to see in the world but Costa Rica definitely warrants a 2nd time.