Bicycles, Buses, and Fitting Eight People in a Rickshaw

This is part 9 of the story of my trip to India in 2014. You can check out the story index for the whole trip, or go here to start from the beginning.

2014-10-28
Tuesday
Day 6 in India

Today is another day of work for Mónica. Since I can’t log in to my work through the network at her school, I’m going to stay home to see what I can get done. We get up at 5:00 again for yoga, and I decide to take advantage of Continue reading

“Food Tastes Better When You Eat It With Your Hands”

This is part 7 of the story of my trip to India in 2014. You can check out the story index for the whole trip, or go here to start from the beginning.

2014-10-26
Sunday
Day 4 in India

Today is the last day of Mónica’s Fall Break. I’ve only been able to share her vacation with her since I arrived late Wednesday night, but in the three days since, we’ve managed to fit in plenty of fun adventures and new experiences. Today will be Continue reading

First Day in India

This is part 4 of the story of my trip to India in 2014. Go here if you want to start from the beginning.

2014-10-23
Thursday

I finally arrived last night, and today is my first day in India. Mónica and I sleep in late and enjoy a lazy morning at her place. It’s raining pretty hard when we get up, and I step out onto one of her four balconies to see my first view of the city in the daylight. Of course you can’t look anywhere in Chennai without seeing crows. Continue reading

Connections

This is the third part of the story of my first trip to India in 2014. Start here if you want to follow the whole thing from the beginning.

At this point, after many trials, delays, and changed plans, I finally have my Indian visa and have re-booked my flights. I just have to get up early on Tuesday morning to make my flight, and I will see Mónica in Chennai on Wednesday night.

2014-10-21
Tuesday
Departure Day (Finally)
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The Quest for the Visa Continues

 

This is the second chapter in the story of my first trip to India in 2014. Start here to follow the story from the beginning. At this point in the story, I have had to cancel my original flights because my Indian visa wasn’t ready in time. Except that it actually was ready in time, but I wasn’t told that it was until too late, and the company holding my application has not mailed it back to me despite me pre-paying for a FedEx overnight return service. I am now trying to figure out the fastest way to get my passport and visa and fly out to India to be with Mónica before her vacation time there runs out.

2014-10-18
Saturday Continue reading

Indian Visa Application Drama

 

This is the first chapter in the story of my trip to India in October of 2014, and it’s a story just too crazy to not share. I have never been to India before, but mi amor Mónica has been living there since July and teaching Spanish at the American International School of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. I’ve been missing her very much and so plan to visit her during her Fall Break, which is the week of October 20th. This is also the week of Diwali in India, the Hindu holiday known as the Festival of Lights. Continue reading