Kadama 1: Flying into my new life

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Dec 01, 2012

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

My trip has begun! I left for the airport Thursday afternoon around lunchtime with my mommy, daddy, sister and niece to arrive at the Pittsburgh International Airport. After checking my bags and receiving my boarding pass, I had to say goodbye to my family which is always one of the hardest moments to come by. However, this time around was not as hard as the last seeing that we had enough time to prepare ourselves and cope with the fact that I would be departing internationally yet again.

My flight from Pittsburgh to Newark was fairly simple and fast. The plane was of a smaller nature and I experienced a little bit of turbulence. I was seated next to a very kind Indian man named Sanki who works in Pittsburgh with supply chain management. He was flying back to New Delhi as well and offered me great advice. Sanki also repeated numerous times ," you are quite adventurous” and he stressed the fact that India, China, and Brazil are the three countries that are booming for business. (great choice on my behalf) As I was preparing for landing from my window seat, I was glancing at this huge, beautiful, city that was in plain site. Tossing around the possible ideas of which one it was, I then saw the clue that gave it away – The Statue of Liberty. For those of you that have not flown to Newark airport, I highly recommend it. Seeing her standing tall from an aerial shot was wonderful and it was a great way to end my USA time before heading out of the country.

United Flight 82 departed from Newark around 8:30 p.m. so after landing I had about 3 hours to spare. I sat down at Ruby's in the airport and enjoyed a chicken Caesar salad, lemon water and my Malaria pill for my last meal in the United States for five months. When I got to my gate I met with Gabe and Lizzie from ISA and luckily – we were all on the same flight to India! After boarding the plane, I was seating next to Michelle who was a sophomore at St. Andrew’s College in North Carolina studying business/marketing. She is visiting India with a group from her college and they are trekking through the Himalayan Mountains for 10 days – She reminded me a lot of Reese Witherspoon and looked like her too! On my other side was a man is married to an India woman whom he met at India University during graduate school. They are both Mathematicians and get this – his wife teaches at the University of Hyderabad! What a small world. He was going to India to meet with her and his son who he hasn’t seen in 8 weeks. During the entire 13 hour and 13 minute flight, he asked us about our trips, the details and excursions as well as provided us with extremely useful information for getting around India (especially being that we were both blondes). Besides the uncomfortable seats, really bad turbulence and freezing temperatures, the flight was alright. We had Indian food for dinner and it really messed up my stomach.****Name of Foods and the mouth refresher***** I ended up skipping breakfast in the "morning” and relied on ginger ale and crackers. I am hoping that I do not get sick every time I eat their food because if so, the next five months are going to be really long.

Sanjukta picked us up at the airport where we met with Emmy, another ISA student and returned to the Hotel Marble Arch. The hotel is beautiful and it looks very ritzy considering the fact that the surrounding areas are slums. As my flight partner said, India’s infrastructure is not good but they get by.
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Renai Hall on

Let the adventure begin.

Amanda Simms on

Audrey, I'm so excited for your time in India! I hope this time around you enjoy your classes and profs! At least you'll be learning about business. Keep the blogs coming, I want to hear all about it since I can't be there with you this time roomie :( Lots of love!!! xoxo

Kathye Schaeffer on

I feel as if I in at least a small way am going on this journey with you. God bless you, keep you safe...and make your stomach quickly be able to tolerate Indian cuisine.

Uncle Randy on

I look forward to the updates. I haven't been to India but I do have season tickets to the Indianapolis Indians triple AAA affliliate of tHe Pittsburgh Pirates.

Have fun!

Aunt Carol on

Hi Audrey, can't wait to hear of your new adventures. When you were in Morocco last year I couldn't wait to get on the computer in the a.m. to see what you were doing!! Be safe & have lots of fun on your adventure of a lifetime!!

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