Hello! It’s been quite some time since I wrote here. Having been smitten by the travel bug, I feel dragged to this platform, from the pacific coast of the United States of America.
I arrived here over one-and-half months ago (Phew! Time flies!) to spend time with my sister and her family. Her two-and-half year old son (my nephew) is in one of his most adorable phases – he strings words together to form sentences from the sweet vocabulary he has developed. The last time I saw him in India was during October-November 2016 when his nonverbal ways tried to overpower his verbal prowess.
Travel within this vast country has been a part of this visit of course, with my sister having planned a neat itinerary and my brother-in-law driving us around enthusiastically. I will try to pen my thoughts on each of the travel experiences when time permits. There is something new in each of the outings to appreciate about and take pleasure in. The Lonely Planet guide has befriended me yet again – bought it soon after I arrived here! It acts as an additional source of information.
I arrived here summer time. The weather is thus great – on an average, the temperature is around 23 degree centrigrade during the day and anywhere around 12 degree centigrade during the night.
Having taken a break from work, its vacation in its truest sense. The overall system in the US is different from Europe. Most importantly, it’s a huge country unlike cute little ones in Europe! It’s a subcontinent, bigger than India. I have been living in the state of California, but I did travel to the states of Nevada and Arizona so far. The landscape of these states looks pretty different from one another.
My mother’s presence is adding more beauty to the US visit. Here’s an article by her, which is about her impressions on the flora around: http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2017/jul/26/miracles-bloom-in-this-backyard-1633521.html
Btw, it feels like mini India here in the Bay area. The Independence day celebrations at Fremont, California reinforced the fact that the inhabitants are so Indian in their hearts. Felt touched to see tableaus from certain states of India! Krishna Janmashtami and Ganesh Chathurthi were no less in their grandeur!
As I reflect upon my travel so far, I realize there is so much to write about. I need to stop here, as I am all set to visit the public library in Union City, California. The library is located by a pond – an exotic locale indeed!
I will also post pictures soon.
See you for now!