On our first trip to India, we were lucky enough to meet Uschi, a friend of a friend who lives in Varanasi. The old city there is intense - a warren of tiny streets which are confusing, insane, dirty and amazing all at once.
Uschi took us out of the city, to meet the women's group she works with - women from local villages who take classes, learning new skills and money management. The group works together to craft handmade clothes that Uschi markets and sells in the US.
After a day of traveling on the river, meeting new friends, learning about these women's fantastic spirits despite tough situations - Uschi took us back to the city.
We stopped for a yummy and gorgeous clay pot Lassi at Siwon Lassi shop in Katchori Gali. By the way, good luck finding him (or anything in Varanasi) on your own! Not sure I could. My hands had been beautifully mehndi'd by my new friend at the school.
Varanasi was a challenge but with Uschi guiding us, my favorite memories of India happened there!