Looking into the distance: Mount Diablo State Park
India’s quirks and some of my other observations
- Vibrance. Everywhere I go I’m enveloped by bright colors. Wardrobes, houses (especially those in small run-down neighborhoods), flowers, and even food. I’m expecting to feel like everything is bland in comparison when I come back home.
- THE FOOD! Every meal is a game for me to try to determine what spices were used to create a fantasia of flavors having a party in my mouth. I’ve also kept a diary of the definitions for several spices and ingredients to be able to make sense of how to describe what I’m eating or about to order.
- You take your sugar with coffee and cream. The coffee is more like a splash. Ordering black coffee will result in just getting said splash with a packet of sugar just in case you forget to add it.
- Unless you like playing temple run in real life, walking in the street is almost always safer than walking on the sidewalk. The danger of falling into a hole is real, people!
- After 5 weeks here, I still keep “giving myself away” as a foreigner by taking the “wrong side” of the side walk and stairways.
- In India, beeping your horn isn’t an angry sign of road rage, but a courteous warning to traffic ahead that you’re coming through.
- Do as the locals do when trying to decide when to jump in front of traffic when crossing a road.
- I will always find it amusing and humbling when an entire family asks if I can take a photo with them because I look foreign.
- The Indian culture is open about transvestites but uneducated and unaware about homosexuality.
- Diet soda? Your options are limited to Coke or Pepsi. Damn it I miss Dr. Pepper.
There’s so much more I’ve probably missed but can’t think off the top of my head right now.
Keeping in touch with old friends. Dinner with Olga at the Little Goat Diner in Chicago. The last time we saw each other was 4 years ago in the summer of 2009 in San Jose, CA. At the end of a great internship, rather than saying goodbye, I said see ya later. Glad to have been able to keep my word.
Catching up, reminiscing about “the good times,” and about the exciting future was a huge highlight to the chilly and gloomy Chicago day.
Dinner was fantastic. Fork pork chop on top of kimchi, bacon, shaved asparagus and cauliflower.
My life is in USPS large rate shipping boxes waiting to get an official address, a carry-on bag, and a large suitcase.
Comparing graduation photos. Got my B.S. in Computer Science in 2011 and my M.S. a couple of weeks ago.
6 years of college education, complete!