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Hello everyone I have just got back from an amazing/awesome trip to India, I do not really know the right words to describe this country, because I do not think words can do it justice.

The kids loved every minute of it, and did not want to leave, after a lot of tears and tantrums we finally managed to drag them onto the plane back home to Australia (lol). But I think we have all found another home now, we left our hearts in India, but we will be back to get our hearts back from India.

Don't get me wrong there were a lot of ups and downs, this is India after all and India always likes to test one's patience or throw some monkey wrenches at you.

India to me seemed to be a country in rebuilding, renovating and dragging itself into the 21st century, but yet has a foot in another century as well, it is quite amazing. So much construction everywhere, a new this and a new that.

There is so much confidence in the country as well, led by the young people, there is so much effort to try and help the poor and start to uplift them as well. Life is still hard in India with the poverty that I have never seen or imagined in my life.

It moved us to tears some of the things we saw, the first week was a massive shock to the system, especially to the girls, I have to admit they hated it the first few days, and I was left wondering what I had dragged us all into. It was all too much for them and for us to take in all at once.

But after our first weekend my friend who we were staying with decided to give us a taste of the real India and took us into the slums. Our eyes were opened, our minds were opened, what we saw in the slums was life, in all its glory, in all its sadness.

We saw kids the same ages as my kids smiling at us, inviting us to their homes, wanting to talk to the girls. Even though life is so hard and it is so heart breaking to see people live this way.

We couldn't help but admire these people, these people who have nothing yet find a way to get their kids to school, or men and women who work 24 hours a day in the hot sun, to just put a piece of bread on the family table for dinner.

I broke down and cried when a family invited us into this little shack and gave us their last piece of bread to eat without expecting or wanting anything from us. My girls went back to this family's house with clothes and books and some toys.

I was so proud of them, they did this on their own accord, without prompting from myself or my hubby. I saw my girls grow in front of my eyes, growing up in a Western culture they are used to having things and wanting things, but WOW they have changed so much now.

One night while we were getting ready for bed, they actually told me they were glad I didn't listen to people who told us not to go to India. I was worried about how seeing the poverty in India would effect them, I was very worried.

But after this amazing trip I needn't have worried, the people in India love kids and would fall over themselves to touch the girls, or have photos taken with them. My youngest who is 7 was the star of the show and she milked it for all it was worth.

We were only going to go for about 7 weeks but I have literally just got back home this morning, we extended our trip on the urgings of the kids and I must admit the kids didn't have to do much to convince us either.

Everything one can say about India is true and not true at the same time, I must thank all of you on here for your wonderful blogs and advice and help. We have already booked out tickets to go back in November of 2011.

It was easily our best overseas trip and I think India has seeped into out blood, we hated a lot of things, but we loved more things than we hated. To anyone out there wanting to go to India please GO, enjoy everything India throws at you, travel with an open mind and enjoy everything she throws at you.

India loves to test people, India also loves to surprise you and throw you for a loop, you won't know where to look or point your camera, embrace India the good, the bad and the ugly and India will love your right back.

I am sorry about the long rant, but I am still dreaming about India, I think I will end here I do not want to bore all of you. Thank you to all of you once again, for your wonderful blogs, comments and helpful insights.

PS. Please excuse any typos, grammar errors etc.

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