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Our First Day of School

Today was the first day of school for Dan, Ryah and myself. So a very exciting day indeed! Dan is currently at his Ayurveda practitioner program so updates on how that goes to come. I began my 200 registered Yoga teacher training at Kailash Tribal school studying under Yogi  Sividas (www.yogatribe.org). This morning was my first class and it seems to be a perfect fit for me. Small class size, a mixture of asana practice, yoga theory, and some opportunities to teach in the classroom as well. The studio is about a 20 minute walk from our apartment. Currently I am doing 2 hours of asana practice from 8-10am. In the next month I will start theory as well. The walk early in the morning is stunning. The sun comes up over the mountain about half way through my walk and it feels blissful.

My big girl Ryah also had her first day at Wood Whistlers International School. Its a Montessori type program for children from ages 3-10. The curriculum is taught in both English and Hindi. Luckily our neighbor Nisha is also a teacher at the school, so Ryah will have a familiar face there to help her out if needed. Her son Ayyan, who is Ryah’s buddy also attends.

First day of school

First day of school

I had already left for yoga practice so I wasn’t able to put her on the bus for school (probably a good thing because I think I would have had a hard time saying goodbye!) Dan said she did great and right before she hoped on the bus was spinning in circles yelling “Im so excited to go to school!” Sounds like my girl.

Waiting for the bus

Waiting for the bus

Off to school! The lovely lady stting next to Ryah in red is Nisha our neighbor, who is also a teacher at the school.

Off to school! The lovely lady sitting next to Ryah in red is Nisha our neighbor, who is also a teacher at the school.



Now I’m sitting at our apartment with Neko, waiting impatiently for my baby girl to get home. Hoping she did well and enjoyed her first day as much as I enjoyed mine.

Since I wasnt able to post this Thursday due to lack of internet, I’m going to add on a bit here….

Ryah loved her first day of school! She told me she colored, played with the big kids on the slide and wants to go back. Her teacher also told me she is started to try and speak in Hindi to the other children. It looks like Ryah may end up being our translator down the road because she seems to be picking up the native language much easier than Dan or I 😉

Ryahs school

Ryahs school


In the clasroom

In the classroom

I am also really enjoying my yoga teacher training program. It feels amazing to have the time and space to be doing a couple hours of yoga everyday. I already feel myself getting stronger. Dan also seems to be enjoying his Ayurveda study with Dr. Arun at Ayuskama Ayurvedic Institute (ayuskama.com).

Besides schooling we’ve been enjoying trying new foods, shopping at our local markets, playing with the neighbor kids and exploring the epic forest that lays right outside our front door. Feeling blessed to be here now.

Ryah, Ayyan and Neko flying around our livingroom. They like to use the small blue dividing wall as a launching pad.

Ryah, Ayyan and Neko flying around our livingroom. They like to use the small blue dividing wall as a launching pad.

Exploring the Himalayan forest.

Exploring the Himalayan forest.


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A bit of history on the Gustafson tribe

As our India Departure date draws near I wanted to provide you all with a bit of background as to who we are, what were doing, and how were doing it. My husband Dan (who I hope will also be contributing to the blog at times) is a travel RN. Hes lived all over the world and has done all sorts of crazy stuff in doing so. We meet when I moved to Montana to do an undergraduate internship.

Dan and I Montana summer 2008

After a few months together in Montana we hit the road and heading to Guatemala and Honduras where we traveled around for the winter. He did some work off the coast of Honduras as a dive master, and during the time I was able to get my scuba certification. After that winter, we headed back to Montana, got married, worked for the summer and then took a nice little month long retreat exploring Hawaii. Following that we headed back down to Central America, only this time we drove there, FROM MONTANA. That drive was no joke, and oh the topes! Anyways during the trip our hopes were to actually relocate in start a life in San Marcos La Laguna in Guatemala. However, life had other plans for us. 1. Our pipes burst in our rental home flooding our entire storage studio where all of our treasured belongings were, and 2. Suprise, I was pregnant! So after a short 4 months in Guatemala and Honduras we started the long journey home.

San Pedro, Guatemala, Jan 2010


Luckily were able to file an insurance claim and replace most of our things, and Dan was able to rebuild the studio. After that job was finished we felt like with baby on the way we were looking for a bit of stability in our life. Thus prompting Dan to go back to school and earn a second more “practical” degree. his first degree being in Ceramic Arts. He decided to enroll in an accelerated BSN RN program and was accepted to a program in Green Bay,WI. Thus a big move for us. Before he  began the program however, we did a short move to Minnesota where we stayed with his folks and he did a bundle of prerequisite courses at lightning speed. I love my in laws, but living there with our two dogs and baby on the way was not the most ideal situation Ive ever been in.We had baby girl Ryah and then moved to GB for Dan to start nursing school. While we were there we were fortunate to purchase a nice little home and settled in living inexpensively as possible off savings.

Dan and Ryah, Midwest 2011

That following summer we were offered to go on the trip of a lifetime with Dans family and of course couldn’t resist. We packed up little Ryah for her first international trip and were France and Italy bound! Honestly one of the most amazing trips of my life, and I will be forever grateful to my in laws for bringing us along. We returned home, Dan finished school and got his first job in a rural Montana town White Sulphur Springs and we were on the move again.

During our two year move to Montana we kept busy.  Managing to take a month long journey to Indonesia, a trip to Glacier, got pregnant, went to South Carolina, bought a house, went to Nevada, and then had baby number 2. After baby number two we were feeling the itch to go again. We are both gypsy souls by nature and just cant seem to settle down in one place as hard as we try!

Dan was offered a travel position in Naples, Fl that we couldn’t refuse so we rented out our house, packed up and headed south. Once the end of his contract began to draw near, we started to think about options for our next move.  Both of our homes were being rented, the majority of our belongings were packed away, we had no job commitment anywhere and our children are still young and flexible. During the time we were pondering our next move I took an Ayurveda course at the yoga studio I frequent. I was fascinated! holistic health is something both of us had felt passionate about for a long time and something we practice in day to day life. We both started doing some research and decided we wanted to do some studying again. What better place to study Ayurveda and yoga than India? the birth place of both. We found a certified school in a part of India that appealed to us (northern, mountains, cooler climate, less people) and decided to enroll Dan in an Ayurveda practitioner program and myself in a yoga teacher training 200 hour course. We booked one way tickets, started the obnoxiously difficult Indian Visa process, and committed to making this move happen.

Our rough outline of a plan goes something like this….Arrive in Daramshala May 6, spend approx 4-6 months there studying and exploring, then likely tour other parts of India, and hopefully other parts of southeast Asia as well. The world will be our home for the next chapter of our life and that’s what I’m hoping to document here! A little journal accounting travel, study and life abroad with 2 littles in tow!

Cheers! Kari

Lotus Temple, New Delhi

Lotus Temple, New Delhi