One shuttle bus, an 8 minute walk to the train station (including asking for directions), getting on the right line but train in the wrong direction, getting off at the next station, changing platforms, getting on the right line with train in the right direction, getting off at an interchange, waiting getting another connecting train, hunting for the non signposted taxi stand at my final train stop, finding out I needed a green taxi and not a red, switching to the long queue, waiting for 10 minutes while taxis dribbled in and it was finally my turn, then driving to her house - about an hour and 20minutes in all.
Well worth the journey. An adorable place in a green, village like setting. Quaint little house, down a quiet side road, built around a little car lot and each home draped in greenery. And being (technically) in the New Territories, I had my first green taxi ride! Certainly an experience of new things (that are not handyman related) was a great way to start my day.
She has rescued an adorable little kitten which thinks it's a puppy and was happily leaping about looking for some playtime. I spent considerable time in her shelves of books, finally choosing about 18 books for Kid. There is a reason for this large purchase and in a few days I shall explain myself.
For today I'm a happy camper because I reminded myself that I often like nothing better than exploring places I haven't seen before and meeting new and interesting people while doing so. Buying all those books for my child is just the very bright light above our reading chair.
And on that note, may great light love and learning come into your homes this Diwali....