It really is amazing how quickly time passes when you’re having fun (or you’re just overwhelmingly busy). It feels as if just the other day I remember realizing that our Christmas vacation was right around the corner, and now all of our stuff is packed and we are staying at a hotel. It’s a bit of an odd feeling; it’s almost as if I am a tourist in my own town. And with us down to only one car, it requires me to get dropped off by the Marriott van which is really awkward when the driver talks to you to tell you what to do in the area...
The move date is booked, 28th of January. We had planned on the 21st but unfortunately my current project is so demanding I was pushed back a week further. Not that I think that helps them at all, since now I know I can take my two personal days so all they really get is 4 more days of my time. Then again, it is not entirely the end of the world but it does require us to stick around living out of a hotel for a week further here in the US. And with no access to our main stuff (all is packed and out of the gold ol’ Lawrence apartment) it makes you feel like you’re on a super mega extended business trip, but without any of the large over-the-top “expensable” meals. But an extra week does have its perks. Being able to have a couple more days with family and my friends is pretty awesome. The social calendar is nuts.
Packing was definitely an experience. There were countless items we weren’t allowed to bring: suggestive books, furs, my bow (huge loss!), a 2nd TV (apparently they think you’ll sell it). Some things we got rid of made me feel great as if shedding unneeded weight, but some items made me sad like some of my French comic books. But it has to be and I’m prepared to lose some to gain some. I expect to be able to get some really cool things we could only acquire in India. A fun tidbit here is that India basically only allows you to come in with 1 of any single electronic device per person. Thus, I’m in a bind since I have a company laptop and a personal laptop. I’ve requested a letter stating my work laptop is not personal hardware and thus should be excluded, but I can’t even begin to explain how awesome the quest to get that snazzy piece of paper is at work. To be sure that I have something that will remind me of home when the going gets tough, I actually put together a pretty comprehensive mini-painting set with some of my hobby stuff to work on. I know that when I want to be reclusive for a bit and the foreign culture overwhelms me… that little box is going to be KEY.
On a side note my big brother gave me a book for my birthday I have been reading called "Midnights Children", which (in a VASTLY simplified sense) is a story of a boy born on the Independence day of India (15 August, 1947) and gifted with special powers along with many others born at that special moment. It’s not an easy read for me because it’s very dense and descriptive and quite a bit disorganized, but it’s a wonderful book in regards to getting a feel for what India is like culturally, and a gloss over of some history. I find India growing in interest to me; find myself fascinated by its multilingual multi religious multi-cultural multitude. And this is before I even get there. Visiting historic locations is going to be great, and some fusion locations such as Pondicherry which is a post French colonial town in the East Coast.
Stephanie has written a fantastic summary of the gargantuan task of getting our adorable fluffy family member Stella into India, but I would just like to share the below photograph because it’s just too cute to pass up. It’s the labeling on Stella’s crate.
My excitement for this relocation is growing and we are only 16 days away. Having bought one way tickets for the first time in our lives there's no going back! I think the remaining time is going to pass very quickly. Very quickly indeed!