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Sarah's friend Lydia is visiting us for the month of January. We have sketched out a loose itinerary; something that won't be hardcore tourism, but will also give Lydia a good swath of experience.

We'll be traveling tomorrow morning to Rajasthan, where we will spend about a week visiting the pilgrimage centers of Ajmer and Pushkar. From there, we will continue on to a National Park near the border with Uttar Pradesh, and hit that, the abandoned fort at Fatipur Sikhri, and the Taj over a couple of days. Finally, we will be heading to Varanasi, to spend a week getting lost among the ghats and dodging shady sadhus.

Sharing our experiences with a peer is shaping up to be an enriching experience. Lydia adds a lot to our company. It's wonderful to have our perceptions both confirmed and critiqued by a trusted companion. What wonderful grace for our journey.

Our sharing brings to my mind the Prayer of St. Chrysostom. Traveling is, after all, a sort of supplication; or it is, at very least, a cause for supplication.

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

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