The P James Magic Show

From the first day I arrived in Chennai, there were a few things which stood out to me. I’ve already mentioned several of them—like the traffic and smells and pollution and so on—but I haven’t mentioned the P. James Magic Show.

Crammed like the Chennai traffic

So, week one is over, and I haven’t really had too much of a chance to reflect on what has happened so far. So, I’ll do my best to recall them now….

I’m really enjoying Chennai. In a way, it reminds me a lot of my time in Jinan, China. The main advantage here is that language is not an issue at all here. Although the English skills of many of the locals I encounter every day (auto-drivers, shopkeepers and so on) is very choppy, I haven’t had a situation where I was unable to express myself adequately. That certainly makes things easier for me.

Chennai at last

The Waiting Period

After a few days of traveling, I am now somewhat settled in my new home in Chennai, India. My journey started with a day of heavy pacing last Tuesday, waiting for 4PM when Martin was going to come and pick me up and take me to LAX. I had pretty much finished packing the day before, so most of the afternoon of my actual departure date was spent checking the clock every five minutes or so…. Thankfully, Martin rolled up in his Jeep right on time, and we were soon on our way to the airport.

Yearbook Memories

Part 1: Nostalgia?

This last stretch of time living back in Santa Barbara has been a really nice break. For a while, SB was somewhat dry and dead…. Then came Amy’s acceptance to Harvard, leading us to pack everything we owned into a huge rental truck and drive it across the States to set up new temporary residence in Cambridge, MA. We lived there a while, but once her program was over, we packed everything up again, took it all to Pittsburgh, PA to store it, and flew back to SB to set up temporary camp until we figured out where life would take us next….