Hello from sunny, humid, mind-bendingly hot Chennai, India!
We landed in Abu Dhabi after a 13.5hr flight—probably the best flight I’ve ever had, in terms of take-off, turbulence (or lake thereof), and landing. And the 13 hrs didn’t even seem that bad, so that’s good, right? I passed the time trying to sleep, being fed rice and ice cream alternatively at ungodly hours of the morning, and watching Downton Abbey.
(Sidebar: For those of you who love Downton Abbey—i.e. Flank-Lukas and the Mathie-Darlings—I’d never seen it before, but it’s pretty good! I got through four episodes, Imma try to finish ‘em up at some point).
We landed in Chennai after a 4 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Chennai—nothing interesting to note here, just a lot of crying babies. We landed in Chennai, got through customs and got all of our luggage without any big issues. We got out of the airport around 5 am, and it was at least 85 degrees out, with the kind of humidity that makes my hair stick out about 2 inches further out than it usually does. It was hot. I was hot. (Typical.)
[There are supposed to be some pictures here of the roads in Chennai, but we can’t currently find the cord to transfer them over so…sucks for you guys.]
And honestly guys, I’m not really sure of everything that went down between 5am and 1pm. We checked into our hotel, had a series of family and friends visit us, we ate at some point, and went out to a store to pick up some clothes to wear in the next couple of days.
And then I just passed out until about 7:30pm. We had dinner, and now that it’s 10:30pm here (and 12:00pm back home), I am awake and alert and un-nauseated for the first time in 18 hours. So, the jetlag sucks.
Tomorrow (Thursday) morning we’re hitting up an area of Chennai called Porur, which is where Ramachandra University is. I’m meeting with my Field Experience preceptor, which I’m a little nervous about. Hopefully he’ll be able to tell me what exactly I’ll be working on starting in June.
Imma go try to sleep now…