From the ages of 4 and 6 until around 9 and 12, we used to take our children out of school and spend up to to three months living in a palm beach shack in India. As a matter of fact, if you have seen the Bourne Ultimatum, it was that beach there in a similar hut to the opening scenes. We were there when they filmed it, living a couple of hundred yards down the beach.
It was fantastic for the kids, originally we had ideas of schooling them ourselves, our two and their two best friends, of similar ages. But bugger me, my respect for you teachers went up massively!
I couldn’t keep four of them focused and attentive for 2 hours, never mind 30 for a day. So after the first year, they went to a little indian school in the afternoon, with a very strict teacher who really believed in drilling the three r’s into them. Serve them right for not paying attention to us 🙂 As they got older, each year we would take trips away, getting longer and further afield. The final year, we took them up to northern india for a month, up to Delhi, and out west to Pushkar, and Udapuir then as far as you can get, to Jaisalmeer, which they adored. I only took family snaps really, and that was on film, but the final year I was playing with a little digital panasonic compact, which produced the images in this gallery.