Kadama 1: Flying into my new life
Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
71Trip End Dec 01, 2012
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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
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.