Sunday, September 17, 2006

Se(a)ttled In.

Shifting places is not a very easy thing to do. Leaving home and shifting places is perhaps more difficult. But shifting a country is one of the most difficult things. This happens especially when you have been pampered silly back at home all this while. When I landed in LA and was told that my stuff hadn't arrived, I was scared. I was tired, jet-lagged, and the initial excitement had started to wane. But then, things have a way of eventually figuring out. Eventually. So after another really cramped flight (domestic airlines are worse, trust me), I finally reached my destination at 2 am. The one thing that immediately caught my attention during the land was the way the city was illuminated with millions of lights. It was a breathtaking view. But when you are tired and jet lagged the way I was, you would perhaps not even notice if Tom Hanks was waving back at you. It’s p(h)unny, how sleepless I’d been to be in this place all this while.

Anyway, a lot, and actually a lot has happened since then. The only reason I have been unable to write about them is the simple fact that the library is closed on the weekends till school starts this fall. But just to give you a brief idea of my tremendous progress with things (and I assure you I’d be writing about them in detail later), I got myself a place to stay. Yup, ask me how amazing the experience was to get the keys to your own place. I just had to walk into my room and exclaim, “Wow !!!! This is gonna be my domain henceforth”.

And then I got myself the other stuff, among which are the bank accounts, id card, and blah blah blah. It so happened that we were all tired after hours of walking on the streets trying to find a place, and then we decided to go take a break and hence visit this place for the id card. And the person just asked me to sit on a chair and wait. I thought that it was lunch time, and the person was asking me to wait for another half an hour before he would actually even start to hear out why I was there in the first place. But the moment I sat, I heard a click. Ask me isn’t it criminal to click someone’s snap without even allowing her so much as a little time to comb her hair, apply some make up, and at least put on some perfume?

Anyway, a few visits to Walmart (and the other departmental stores) later, I am finally beginning to settle in. And the first thing I realized here is that it is criminal not to have a camera around. So that is one of the things I bought first. Apparently, the manual that came with it seemed heavier than the actual camera, and I am planning to spend the next few days getting myself acquainted with the manual before I can start clicking. Back at home, I could never imagine I’d be so rich to afford so many things at one go. But then, you need things when you are on your own.

So henceforth starts my life in a new country. I plan to write in detail about the stark differences I found here. Also I am planning to include more of pics henceforth. It’s an amazing place, and it would be foolish not to make best use of my camera. I am also planning to have a shift in address. Naah, I didn’t mean my apartment, I just meant I was thinking of starting a fresh blog since now I am in a new place.

The title of the blog wasn’t a spelling error. Those are my current coordinates.

sunshine.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

eventually and hopefully i get to write the first comment for the first time ...

u will need a credit card also very soon for ur shopping ... license for driving to the place ... cam and camcorder and mobile and very soon ur purse would be filled with different cards also ...

n i tell u this place and people r good ... very good ...

ME !!! ...

Anonymous said...

Hey Sunshine! don't start a new blog. Even though a new chapter has begun in your life, don't disassociate yourself with the current blog. I love reading your blogs and please continue with the same name. No I'm not ordering you its a request :) Please pretty pleaaaase !

- Ekta

Anonymous said...

Changing a country doesn't mean that u've changed. Why change the blog for that.

Notes-to-self said...

Change of blog? Nah Sunshine! Do roam around a bit if you are in Seattle, its a very beautiful place!

Sudhir said...

Hey... I changed my blog and all it is too much of a hassle.. But if u really want to do something different go ahead girl...:) Life is full of changes so why not this one too..:):)

Seattle is a beautiful place and Sleepless in Seattle is one of my fav movies... :) Meg Ryan.. Wow...:)

Enjoy...

Raam Pyari said...

change if you wish to, but I really like hanging out here :)

and I wud much rather you stay here!

Anonymous said...

well....nah.....its the same sunshine there or is she gonna change....but then come to think of it pracitically i guess you should...since with already so many so post the URL has become quite a bulky one that it takes some time to open

chaos said...

Whoever said " Whats in a name"...was right.

Similarly whats in a change of blog address, so long as we get to read what you write. Just let us know your knew blog id, sunshine.:)

Cheers!!!
p.s. - a freind of mine who went to the US recently was telling me of the way they pamper you with free gifts on everything you purchase, right from a Starbucks coffee. he mentioned something about being offered I-pods for opening a bank account. :)))).. so how has your expereince been with the Free Thingy???

syrals said...

hey actually you could try to continue the same blog. Its like your identity. I really don't think you are going to change as a person too. So why take the trouble...??

Chill..I guess you are just getting settled down. Nevertheless, all the best in whatever you do.

Scorpion King said...

Naaaaaa Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dont change the blog.
Are you changing your name or age or appearance bcas u r in new place ???????? Hope not !!

Scorpion King

Debi Mishra said...

Do not change the bolg name...

Just write here only...Move on

janak said...

Why to change blog name?
Lot of people have to change RSS subscription na!!
And as you have so many readers, its BIG work!!

Anonymous said...

You are sooooooo creative. I liked the way you created 'settled in Seattle' and you will be sleepless alright, for a while. Then you may start to sleep all the time; because of the nice dark and rainy weather. Anyway enjoy.
I hope you keep the same blog or let us know what the new name is. I really enjoy reading it.

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Own cam, eh? Maybe the title for the new blog will be Richie Rich? :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Sunshine!
All the best!

Anonymous said...

Hey shunshine,
I have been following your blog lately from Abhinav's blog. My story of life goes something like on your tracks. I came for study from India, I setttled in LA and I recently moved to unsettlling seattle... I care for sunshine(!) so much that gloomy weather here made me write a haiku

drizzling rain for long

sun melted in solemn clouds-

welcome to Seattle .


lol,I dont how you liking it, but I have been sleepless in seattle since I came here.

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