i went to a festival for Diwali -the indian festival of light- last night and was completely overwhelmed (in the best way) by the sights, sounds, smells and colours. we ate incredible food, drank mango lassis, watched awesome bollywood style dancing and watched the spectacular burning of a Ravan effigy (felt like i was at burning man...not that i've been), followed by fireworks to ward of evil spirits. my favourite part is that i have a beautiful mehndi now that will last for about a week. i'm smitten. *also, i cannot wait to actually go to india someday!