Logbook, 5/20

The Last Week in India and First Week Back in the United States

Abstract: What did I do in my last week in India and first week back home? Read this logbook entry to find out.

Introduction:

I am now back home in Bellingham, Washington! My last week had its ups and downs, but I am very glad to be home with my family. My family includes my mom, my dad, and my cat named Luna.  It was kind of a shock to go back to the Pacific Northwest after living in India for four and a half months, but I am adjusting quickly.

In order to get home, I took three flights. The first was from New Delhi, India to Chennai, India. The second was from Chennai to Dubai, United Arab Emerites. The third (which was 14.5 hours long!) was from Dubai to Seattle, Washington. I then took a bus for two hours to get from Seattle to my home in Bellingham. Needless to say, I was very jet-lagged the first few days I was back home. This meant that I slept and ate at odd times because my body was still used to the India time zone.

TRAVEL NEWS

 

Local Time: 6:27pm

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Location (Latitude, Longitude): 48.76 N, 122.49 W

How far did I travel this week?

Since I have been home all this week, I have traveled 0 miles. However, my flights back from India add up to over 12,000 miles. For my flight from Dubai to Seattle, we went over the Arctic Circle and Greenland. Seeing the ice caps was spectacular!

How far have I traveled on your journey so far?

It is impossible to calculate exactly how far I have traveled during my entire time in India. During the last three weeks, I was traveling constantly from city to city, seeing the major sights that India is known for. During that time, I think I traveled more than I ever have in any other three weeks of my life!

How did I get around this week?      

I have been back in the United States, so I have been walking, driving, and taking the bus around my town. It is so nice to not have to pay someone to drive me around anymore, like I had to in India. Now I can go where I want to when I want to and not have to worry about having the exact change with which to pay the driver.

What was the most interesting place I visited this week?

Me in front of the Taj Mahal

During my last week in India, I got to see the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a spectacular building built by a great Muslim emperor for his beloved wife. The Taj Mahal was built in the mid 1600’s. This famous monument is the most popular destination in India.

Other travel news:

The Red Fort in Agra, India

Our last week in India was devoted to two cities, Agra and New Delhi. We were actually only in Agra for a day to see the Taj Mahal. We then spent six days in New Delhi. Unforrtunately, while in New Delhi, I got food poisoning and was very sick for five days. I spent most of my time lying in bed in the hotel room, fighting a fever and throwing up. Then things got worse because everyone in my group, myself included, got lice! We had to use a special shampoo to get the little bugs out of our hair. If you have ever had a case of lice, you will know that your head gets incredibly itchy before you get rid of them!

Islamic architecture on a building near the Taj Mahal

NATURE NEWS

Weather Tally:

Sunny: 1

Cloudy: 1

Partly cloudy: 5

Rainy: 0

Snowy: 0

Windy: 0

What is the air temperature right now?   

61 degrees Fahrenheit

How was the weather this week?   

In Bellingham, it has been much colder than in India. In New Delhi, the temperatures were in the mid 90’s every day. On the day before I left, a dust storm blew through and lasted for several hours. In Bellingham, the temperatures range from about 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit and it has been partly cloudy every day.

What animals did I see this week?  

We have black squirrels and songbirds that come to our yard to eat birdseed that my mom puts out. My cat, Luna, loves watching the birds and squirrels from her perch on the windowsill. There are also a lot of pigeons that occasionally fly down from the roof and swarm the bird feeders.

What was the coolest thing I saw in nature this week?    

I got to see the Pacific Ocean! I really missed the ocean in India, because except for a few places we visited, I was mostly far away from the sea. In Bellingham, we have a body of water called Bellingham Bay. A bay is a body of water that is mostly enclosed but open on one side to the expansive ocean. Every day, many sailboats and fishing boats go out into the bay and you can see them bobbing in the waves from my house.

Other Nature News:

Everywhere I look by my house, I see green. The plants are all so green right now because it is late spring and all the new shoots and leaves are a brilliant light green color. The flowers are blooming now, too. It is definitely the most beautiful time of the year to be in Bellingham.

 

OUR NEWS

What languages are spoken here?

English, most commonly! But there are people in my neighborhood who speak Spanish, French and Japanese. I also live near a college and the international students at the college commonly speak other languages.

What type of money is used here?   

The America dollar is used. It felt strange to see and spend American dollars again!

How much does a bottle of water cost?

I am actually not sure about the answer to this question because my family has never bought bottled water. Instead, we have a separate jug with a water filter in it that provides us with purified water.

What was the best meal this week?

The first dinner I had when I got home was the best. My mom made me a dinner of salmon, baked potato, salad, and strawberry rhubarb pie.

What music did I listen to this week?  

Because I am back in the U.S., my favorite music website, Pandora, works on my computer. I have been listening to a variety of radio stations of Pandora and really enjoying it.

What activity was the most fun this week?    

I went on a hike with my mom in the Chuckanut mountains near my house a few days ago. It was great to get outside in the forest and breathe some fresh air.

What did I read this week?

I am reading a fiction book called The Help. I just started reading it last night.

What games or sports did I play this week?

None, unfortunately. I hope to play badminton sometime in the coming weeks. Badminton is one of my favorite sports.

Other news from this week:

I have just been settling in to life in the U.S. Without the language barrier, everything is so much easier. Going abroad has made me stop taking for granted how easy and privileged my life is in the U.S. Although I like being home, I do hope to go abroad again sometime in the near future.

 

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