Our trip to India was amazing! I'm sorting through photos, and will post a few here soon.
I'm happy to report that not-drinking gets easier and easier. Vacations I usually associated with permission to drink whenever? A mimosa at breakfast? Sure, this is vacation. Wine with lunch? Of course. On this trip, I very rarely had the urge to drink. With one exception, when I did think of alcohol, it was in response to an external cue- an advertisement, a cool hotel bar, an excellent wine list at dinner. Only once did I have a reflex response to frustration of "OK, now I need a drink" This was in response to our guide telling us on our last day that he wanted to be paid his US$1400 in cash rather than credit card, necessitating us visiting several ATMs with various bank/credit cards to amass the needed cash. And I acknowledge that money (or shortage thereof) can sometimes be a hot button for me- so my response wasn't entirely unexpected. BUT, it was just a fleeting thought even then- I noticed the thought going through my head, stopped and said, Hmm there's that silly thought, but I don't need to act on it- and went on with my activities. I count that as a real success!
So, yes, I can have a stressful experience when I am around the globe from home, and even this is not currently enough to drive me to drink. Yay, Carrie!!