So, we are back from a gloriously satisfying vacation. We were determined to have fun in the face of significant odds. And we did it!! Three weeks of visiting remote mountains with no internet connection possible, national parks, sand dunes, little coastal towns, wonderfully smothering relatives - and we're back and in one piece (I mean, 3 pieces). Photos and stuff, later. The big discovery was, a recommendation from Chandra aunty (local wonderful person and amazingly supportive friend) : an electric skillet made of surgical steel available at $77 (when the original price was $359). We cooked a fair amount, but my proudest moment was coming home tired and discovering I had actually remembered to freeze 3 meals for all of us in the freezer at home before we left!!! I'd frozen whole wheat tortillas, a daal, a sambhar, and dosa batter. It was divine. Also, I'd left the house in spotless condition.