We will be returning to JFK on Jan. 29th. On the 30th, we head to Penn Station to take a train to Boston South Station and then a bus to Portland. Our car has been parked there for the entire time. It might be under 5 feet of snow by now. Fortunately, we left a snow shovel in the car.
Wish us luck!
After the longest day of our lives, we landed in JFK at about 4:00 p.m. on January 29th. The day began in Delhi on January 28 (which was actually still Jan. 27 in the U.S.). We woke up, showered in some strange concoction they call water (my face was red and cracked the whole time) had breakfast, practiced and made our way to the Delhi School of Music for the first performance of the day. The specifics of the day’s performances and meetings with the directors of the DSM are better relayed in person. We had a very enthusiastic crowd at the DSM and then we re-boarded a small bus and headed for the American Centre at the U.S. Embassy. Security there was very intense. The audience was a bit more reserved, yet appreciative. The piano (an upright) was tuned almost a half-step low, so K wasn’t able to play her movement of a Poulenc Sonata. Modern wind instruments are built to play in proximity to A 440. I tuned my violin way down and felt as if I were playing Baroque violin! There was a reception, then we returned to the Marina Hotel around 9:00 p.m. had a dinner with approximately 12 people (including the Gandhi Ashram String Quartet members). Many Colby students came by to say goodbye to Father P, since he and the boys were taking a 24 hour train trip back to Siliguri and then on to Kalimpong. After dinner, we packed, had toast and coffee at 2:30 a.m. and boarded a bus to Delhi airport for a 7:00 flight. We didn’t sleep, as it seemed to be a useless exercise at this point. The flight to Heathrow was about 8 hours and 40 minutes (fighting a stiff headwind). Security did not confiscate our instruments this time, thankfully. After re-boarding, we had another 7 hour flight (approximately) to JFK. This felt like one VERY LONG day. Let’s see, Delhi is 10 hours and 30 minutes ahead of New York, so we awoke in Delhi at 7:00 a.m. on the 28th, which was 8:30 p.m. on the 27th. in NY time, our day lasted from 8:30 p.m. on the 27th until 4:00 p.m. on the 29th. If my math is correct, that’s 43 and one-half hours! Yikes, now wonder we’re tired!
When we got to NYC, we headed directly to S & G’s favorite Mexican Restaurant (La Palapa). They have fantastic Margaritas!
We spent the night with our dear friends and then headed to Penn Station for an 8:30 a.m. train to Boston’s South Station and then a bus to Portland.
Fortunately, it was 40 degrees in Portland. We were greeted by sunshine and a complete rainbow, visible from end to end! It had been raining, so our car (parked at the Portland Transportation Station since January 2) was completely clear of snow! We drove home, picked up our three precious Beagles at the “doggie spa” and headed home for some rest!