Got That Getaway Feeling

Thank you for your amazing support earlier this week when I shared the anxiety I was having over my pending trip.

Each and every one of your stories, experiences and words of encouragement gave me the power I needed to kick my anxiety to the curb and begin getting excited for this adventure.

Ongoing panic and anxiety have been replaced with small bursts of nervousness followed by uncontrollable excitement. A huge improvement from a knotted stomach and a racing mind consumed with fear.

I managed to squeeze in one last spin class yesterday morning, followed by a nice trip to the mountains with Kevin in the afternoon, then began the tedious task of packing!

Thankfully I had almost everything I needed laid out on the coffee table, so it made sorting through stuff and going through my checklist so much easier.

My Grandma called just as I was beginning to place all of my food in their respective ziploc bags (ya, I’m a very peculiar packer) which couldn’t have come at a better time.

She sensed that I was slightly nervous and; as all Grandmas do, knew just what to say to me to help me see that this trip is about trusting my heart and accepting that; at the time I’d booked the trip, I 100% believed that it was the right thing to do.

Grandma’s are so awesome.

And, so are dogs. Lexy and Pebbles stayed really close to me yesterday, and today. It’s as if they know I’m leaving!

After I was all packed, Kevin and I hung out in my office so we could go through all of the things he’ll be managing while I’m gone.

He’ll be accepting all of your comments, sharing my updates on Facebook, and posting all the pictures that come his way.

He’s such a sweetheart!

Okay, so my itinerary!

I’m taking a 9 hour flight from Calgary to Frankfurt tonight, followed by a 2 hour layover, then on to another 8 hour flight from Frankfurt to Mumbai. I should get into Mumbai around 2am local time on Tuesday February 14th.

From there, I decided to hang out in Mumbai for a day to acclimatize, sleep my face off, have as many hot showers as possible, order room service and watch TV before I’m thrusted into a life of… well, not that.

In the morning of Wednesday February 15th, I’ll take one last 2 hour flight from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram. Ya, try saying that 3 times. Heck, try saying it once. When people ask where I’m going I say trivalupagogo. That’s pretty close, right?

After I land in Thiruvananthapuram, I’ll grab a cab and head to Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, where I’ll be staying for 2.5 weeks.

Wow, when I type it all out like that it doesn’t sound so scary.

I can’t wait to get home to share what is sure to be the most epic adventure I’ve ever been on.

Until then, take care, eat well, and smile wide!

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  1. Oh you’re going to Trivandrum?! I was there last May on a field school, Kerala is very beautiful! I definitely had my share of culture shock, but the people are very nice, at least from my experience. They do this cute head bobble thing when they are agreeing with you :)
    Good luck to you, and hope you have a wonderful trip!

  2. Hope you have a super fantastic trip Leanne. Sounds like quite the adventure! I am soooo envious of you. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Quick, quick, start sending pictures already! ;)

    Hey, enjoy it to the fullest, have a blast, live every minute of it to the max, ‘cuz it’ll be over before you know it. Trips always go by way too fast.

    Oh, and take pics! Tons of pics. But mostly, share them with us! :)

  3. Have an awesome trip, and a safe flight! I am so excited for you, and can’t wait to read all the updates and hear about it!

  4. Wow, I can’t wait to hear about this experience and live vicariously through you! Bon voyage!

  5. Leanne! I believe that you are going to have the BEST feeling once this trip gets going (you are probably on a plane right now!) Don’t forget to remind yourself that you are an amazing being who is extremely courageous and goes after her dreams. You are SUCH an inspiration, I hope you truly realize that. Have the best trip of your life, I’ll be thinking of you! :)