We've been waking up to temps in the 50's (10's for all you celsius folks out there) the past week or so, and autumn officially starts on the 22st. I've noticed the sun setting a bit earlier, and the humidity has all but disappeared for the winter. Farmers market stands are replacing ripe, red tomatoes and cucumbers with mums and pumpkins, and the signs for haunted hayrides have begun popping up out in the farmlands where I work. It's bittersweet watching the seasons change this year, but autumn has always been my favorite so I'm hoping this season will be more sweet than bitter.
Sigh....I will miss this place. Now, onto India updates!!
My partner's Indian Business Visa arrived via USPS ExpressMail, which means he could order his plane ticket for October. Unfortunately, since I'll have to wait a few days yet (5-7 business days) for mine, we wont be able to book tickets until then. See, I needed to apply for a name change on my US Passport before I could send out my tourist visa. Surprisingly, the application process for India was relatively easy. It consisted of a simple online form which you fill out and submit. After submitting you print the application, attach a passport photo, and mail it off along with a money order and return envelope for the processed application. They're processed by a company called BLS, which takes the applications and forwards them for processing at the Indian Consulate in NYC. All in all they set us back about $330.00.
We both went to the doctor on the 9th to see which vaccinations we would need but since our doc doesn't have our childhood immunization records, we had to go get blood testing so she could do some sleuthing and figure it out. As it turns out, my partner has everything he needs. I, on the other hand, needed to get the Hepatitis A and Chicken Pox Varicella booster shot, which I received yesterday. Chicken Pox wasn't so bad but I almost clubbed the poor nurse during the Hepatitis A shot! And, as an added bonus, Hepatitis A is a 2-shot series so I get to have the joy of a repeat performance in 6 months, after we move.
In addition to these standard vaccinations, we both have appointments at a place called Passport Health in the beginning of October to get additional vaccinations, or "exotic vaccines", as my doctor called them. According to the website these may include, depending on our previous immunizations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. The appointment will cost $55.00 for us both and we need to pay for the vaccines up front since they don't take insurance. The woman I spoke with mentioned that they provide a detailed bill for insurance purposes, so I will try to submit it for reimbursement.
Today we also received the number of a woman at the relocation firm that my partner's company uses, so I'm hoping that housing will begin to take priority in the near future. I'm anxious to be in touch with her and to start the search for our new home. This has become somewhat of a preoccupation of mine lately because the closer we get to the move, the more I realize that finding a job prior-to may not be as realistic as I had planned. And dammit, if I'm going to be a gori houswife for a few months, I'd better have a halfway decent house to do it in!