I know I said I would completely update and I know I haven’t. I can’t promise I’ll get everything up immediately, but what I can promise is that I’ll try.
About two years ago, I was gearing up for a 5 month adventure all around Asia, going from China and Korea to all over Southeast Asia.
I’ve graduated now, successfully received my Bachelors in Finance and Management with a minor in International Studies, and employed at a pretty reputable consulting/advisory firm.
I would have never thought that I’d be back to Asia so soon, but here I am, in Bangalore, India for 10 weeks for training before I start full-time at client sites back in Boston.
My hire class all started in Boston on July 7, 2014, and after a week of getting oriented to company culture, we departed on Friday Jul 11, 2014 for India.
Although I figured that being abroad in Beijing for so long two years ago would get be super ready for being back abroad and being in a new country for an extended amount of time, I was wrong.
Culture shock gets better with each travel experience, but it never really ever stops.
It’s only been a bit more than a week since I’ve been here, and I already feel as though I’ve been here for more than 3 weeks. I’ve missed my mom and family since day 1, but the novelty of authentic curry and unlimited naan has lost its allure and all I really want is a chobani and a fresh garden salad.
We do take every day things for granted.
I usually don’t feel the need to blog, but I guess I’ve finally realized how much having a blog/journal helped me cope with being abroad. You encounter a number of things when you’re in a third world country, especially when that country is developing so fast.
You see social injustices, a very wide gap between the rich and the poor, and you see how much more open-minded you could be, and how insufficient the way you’ve been living really is. Now I’m rambling, but within the last week, I’ve just felt a spectrum of emotions, and I felt that putting them into words would help organize my thoughts.
Fret not, my experience hasn’t been negative at all. This past weekend, some friends and I went on a road trip to Hampi, and saw some super cool World Heritage sites. I shall try to update and describe the experience in greater detail later. (: