Anita and her little girl, Tulsi, are visiting! Getting one last trip in before the Singapore adventure begins. I asked Rich what he thought of having them over and his only comment was, "Well, you're going to have to clear up the staging area, aka bedroom, wont you!" So, now, instead of having sections of the room for carry-on and checked in luggage, I am going to take all that put them neatly in laundry baskets.
Like every good tourist, the Lonely Planet is getting thumbed through! Some interesting facts:
1. Fancy, designer purses are a status symbol (I wonder what is a status symbol here in the US - cars?).
2. The best food is at hawker centers (like low-key food courts).
3. Singapore is only 1 degree above the Equator.
4. Kuala Lumpur is only 7 hours away by train.
5. Bangkok is a short plane ride away.
6. Recycling is rare, plastic packets abound (doesnt get as much press or even education as it does here).
7. and oh, Bangalore is only a 2.5 hour flight (just like Denver-Chicago!).
Was speaking to Tariq today and he made a comment, "When you go, is when you will realize how incredible the US is. All the little things that bug you now, will feel like nothing when you get to places that dont have all the little things figured out." Singapore is the poster child of super efficient societies. I'll have to test out Tariq's comment for myself!
All this leaving makes for good excuses to go to lunch and tea with friends. Everyone at work was wonderfully supportive, and wants to go to drinks (after all, right now, I do work at a beer company!) or coffee to wish me well. I am recollecting what it was like to move from India to the US - I remember not really being excited. It was more about having a checklist, making sure all my paperwork was in order. Sort of clinical. This feels more like a real adventure.