31 October, 2008

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So after a crazy world wind tour of the east coast of America I have landed back in India…
Yeah I got this job and flew back to America for my work visa…I left Mumbai on Monday night at 9pm. I flew on Air India which is becoming my favorite airline…the give you socks and spray breath freshener! Because I was flying against time I left at 9 at night and 15 hours later it was 6am when I arrived….which is weird…I meet a really nice guy on the plane we talked nonstop for like four hours…he was going to work in America. His wife and child are following soon after. He’ll be there four months then back to Mumbai where he said I could come for dinner to his place!
Anyway the plane landed in New York, and then I flew on to DC. I find JFK airport kinda confusing so I am never happy to be there.
I had not been to DC since I was 17 so even though I was freaking out about visa stuff I was still really excited to see the city. I arrived around 12 noon on Tuesday and headed for the visa office. It is closed between 12-2 but I wanted to wait so I could get the ball rolling then sort a hotel. Dropped off my application and papers and they told me it would take “at least” one week.
I left and went to look for a pay phone to call a cheap hotel mom had found me on the internet. While in America I wouldn’t have a cell phone and I hadn’t realized that payphones are:
1. Gross to use.
2. Impossible to find.
3. Most don’t allow you to make long distant calls.
I called the hotel (hostel actually) and booked myself for the night…just to remind you it is now Tuesday at 3pm and I had been traveling, unshowered, sleepy now for 2 days.
The hostel like DC was amazing, I was nervous about it because most hotels in DC start at 150 a night and this was 30…so I had no idea what I was getting into but it was dreamy! I was in a dorm room with four bed and four locker for you kit. In my room was just me and a 20 year old Brazilian model…the scenery was beautiful and I isn’t talking about DC.
Dc is really beautiful, everything was so clean…this maybe because I had just arrived from Mumbai.
I sort of just stayed in that night as I was feeling cracked out from the time difference etc. I called my friends in Philly and they said I could stay there for the week while my Visa was processing…we would meet the next day….so I went to Philly and it was fun to see my peeps…

They said it would take a week “at least” for my Visa but it was ready the next day. I had already arrived in Philly so I just spent the weekend hanging with the boys. Then I took Chinatown bus for 15 dollars back to DC got the Visa and headed home.

I am going to wrap this up because now I am two weeks into my job and I need to get on with it.

They said it would take a week “at least” for my Visa but it was ready the next day. I had already arrived in Philly so I just spent the weekend hanging with the boys. Then I took Chinatown bus for 15 dollars back to DC got the Visa and headed home.

…now I have been working here two weeks and it fun, weird, interesting, boring all the things an office job is in the states,