We have always wanted to go to India. If you have read our favorite food countries list you will have noticed that India is a top favorite for both of us. There is something so complex and different about Indian food. It must reflect the country, or at least our western vision of the country. We like to have long discussions about culture and the differences that exist between people. It is interesting how so many things differ between countries and people. Our upbringing influences how we perceive situations. Things that can be utterly rude in our culture will not be apprehended the same way in another. This can be a source of misunderstanding I suppose. For example, I have heard many Americans say that the French are distant, cold, rude and unwelcoming. Now, if you have only seen Parisian café waiters I would tend to agree. However, the French take their time to get to know people and once you have developed a friendship you are almost sure to keep it. Basically the French are coconuts: hard on the outside and soft on the inside (I didn’t make that up I heard it somewhere). Anyway, back to India. It is an attractive culture rich in savors, food, and life. We will get there eventually, in the time being we will drink our mango lassi and wait for our Indian travel experience to begin.