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November 16, 2014 / Aware of the Void

A Well Travelled Hat


The kindness, hospitality and generosity that has been shown to us during our time in India has been overwhelming.
The hat I am wearing in this photo was bought about ten years ago during a trip to the US. It has been a common sight on my head in the intervening decade. It has been with me all over Europe and has visited most of Ireland with me.
At some point not long after our arrival in India I lost the cap. This was no big loss as the only notable features of the hat are that it fits my odd shaped head and I have had it a long time. Losing it was only a concern as the direct sun on my head can be uncomfortable but beyond that I was unaffected by its absence.
Today we arrived in New Delhi and met with many of Nikihi’s extended family and friends. The cap had been left in the back of his fathers car and was sent by courier so it would be waiting for me in New Delhi.
This hat traveled 1500km across India to be on my head tonight. This is no small feat arranged by people that only recently got to meet me in person. I am glad to have my scruffy old hat back but I am even happier to be able to call these people my friends.

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  1. marinachetner / Nov 16 2014 3:59 am

    that’s awesome. the kindness of strangers makes travel amazing.

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