Tuesday, February 21, 2012

And that's a rap.

After 8 months in India, we are packing up and homeward bound.

It happened kind of suddenly, since we were planning on staying until May. But Ken's visa wasn't renewed, and nobody likes getting deported, so we're leaving before that (officially) happens.

These are a few favorites from the roll of film I took during our last week in Chennai. They're mainly from around our neighborhood, Besant Nagar.








India is the fourth country I've lived in outside of the US, and I can honestly say it's been the most eye opening and challenging place I've ever visited, let alone lived. It's been smelly, confronting, and sticky, but it's also been beautiful. And I'm grateful for the experience...generally.  











As for post-India plans, we'll be staying with my parents in Nashville, Tennessee for a few months, and then moving to.....drum roll please.... New York! :)

And before I forget, I wanted to extend a huge thanks to all you readers who laughed at my jokes, left sweet comments on my posts, wrote me curious emails, and just simply read along. You made sharing all this adventure such a joy.

America, here we come.

36 comments:

  1. Wish you the best of luck with going back to the U.S, Kimia! This was a beautiful chance to travel around in this beautiful country, and it has been a delight to see your experiences through your beautiful photos.

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  2. Wow. What a beautiful thing. You have honestly been so blessed for helping out in India. You are amazing. I am sure that you will be greatly missed :) have a save journey home!

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  3. Wow! That's exciting - every big change like this brings new and wonderful things :) Best of luck with the move back & can't wait to read more about your adventures in Nashville & New York!! :)

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  4. America's about to get a whole lot spicier ... especially with your new curried flavor! Send Sami and my love to Ken, and we hope to see you in Nashville for Vaf's wedding. It was fun to drop in on your travels with the awesome photos. Have a good trip home and look out NYC: Kimia Kline is coming to town. Love, safa

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  5. Yikes that was fast! Good luck traveling home and getting everything in order. I'll be excited to see your move to New York!!!

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  6. Wow! I am sorry you havw to come back so soon .... I hope you don't have to stop writing... and posting :) Good luck and be safe!

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  7. Aww, I'm sad your journey to India is ending! But I can't wait to see what New York has to offer you. Safe travels!

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  8. too bad so soon...i loved your india posts! have a safe journey home and I hope I see more india in your art!

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  9. It was great to have you two here at Chennai despite all the .. hmmm .. lets not talk about the city that much :P great pics once again, look forward to meeting u guys in the future sometime :)

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  10. Hooray for new adventures! I can't wait to follow along as you move to New York!

    Safe travels! : ]

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  11. @Skye, The posting will definitely continue. :) I hope the reading continues, too!

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  12. i really enjoyed seeing india through your eyes. all your photos have such an ethereal quality to them...gorgeous!

    BUT i'm more excited that you will be eventually in MY neck of the woods! nyc! :)

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  13. Welcome back!
    While I'm sad (for selfish reasons) to have this adventure end, I'm excited for what you'll share from Nashville & New York - 2 of my favorite places!

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  14. It does seem like this has happened so fast–welcome back! Traveling with you has truly been incredible, but I'm so looking forward to the next chapter in your lives and your work!

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  15. Safe travels home! It's been a joy seeing your adventures through your blog, and these photos are my favorite. So beautiful.

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  16. wow! congrats on this newest phase!

    ~pemora

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  17. Wow, you are leaving India! That's so bittersweet. I don't know why I am so emotional about it when I don't even know you. But I will miss your India posts, though I'm sure your New York posts will rock my world!

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  18. New York (and me!) are VERY excited to have you :)

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  19. I'll definitely miss reading your funny anecdotes and experience in India, but I'm sure you are happy to be back home. I know no matter how much I enjoy a foreign country and its culture, I always crave to be back in my own city with family and friends.

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  20. Sounds like an amazing experience...but it's always good to come home! :)

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  21. ha! that ernie doll, so funny! have a great trip home, can't believe you've been gone that long!!
    xoxo

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  22. I can imagine it to be such a special feeling to have been such a long time in India. And now you have NY awaiting you, that is amazing news!
    Your photos are very beautiful, its a joy looking at them.

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  23. wow! congrats! I bet you are pretty excited to get back. I love the way you worded your description of living in india, spot on.

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  24. wishing you safe travel back HOME! :)

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  25. Aw, it's been so fun following along on your adventures there! Here's to many more back here in the States : )

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  26. These photos are gorgeous- I keep going back to look at them! Good luck in the next stage of your adventures!

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  27. Wishing you a safe journey back home and I hope all your NY plans go well.

    Have a wonderful weekend ;-)

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  28. I love the pastel colors you captured. Hope you have a smooth move back--what a shock to the system if will be! Can't wait to see how this next part of your life unfolds. It's been such an adventure to follow along with your exotic life!

    xo Mary Jo

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  29. thanks for letting us experience your travels with you. the images have been inspiring and breathtaking. can't wait to read about your adventures stateside!

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  30. gorgeous photos, as usual! it's been wonderful following you through India. Though, I'm sure it must be exciting to return home.

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  31. hope your move back stateside is going well! It has been such fun following your life in India and look forward to your adventures ahead!

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  32. Well if you were deported...would it be a free trip home? ;) Beautiful photos, I bet you'll miss it...a little.

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  33. Beautiful set of photos, you've captured really serene moments in what I'm sure was rather a bustle!

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  34. Absolutely STUNNING array. Tremendous.

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  35. What a stunning array. Absolutely tremendous!

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