My first impressions of USA
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I took this trip 3 years back so I am reconstructing the trip using emails I sent to friends and my boarding passes!!! It is not at all my intention to offend anyone with what I have written here. If I do, I hope we talk through our differences and become good friends.
I started feeling really nervous at the KL airport when I had to throw so many things out; but anyway, it had to be done. (Make sure your allotted baggage weights the exact weight specified by the airline. I found it hard to pack my entire life in 2 suitcases and leave). The only way to look at it is that I did not need what I threw away. I am a big hoarder and I paid the price. I think that was what started getting me down when I reached here.
The flight was very long (17 hours) I had 3 meals most of which I did not eat, but the view was good as long as there was light.
I got back on the plane and watched a movie and fell asleep. I woke up 4 hours before we landed. I passed customs and immigration without any hassles and then I was in!!! After the KL airport California airport (LAX) was a big disappointment. I reached here on the same day I had left!!!! April 5th. I had gained a day. Before I knew it, it was dark and then it hit me that I had left Bangalore and everything I knew. This is a new chapter in the making.
The next morning it was nice having breakfast with dad in the morning and spending some time talking or just sitting together.
My first impressions of the place go something like this.
It is a little more than a week since I came here and I have seen 9 Limo's, 5 mini coopers a hell of a lot of BMW's convertibles, so many SUV's some oddly shaped cars and many restored vintage cars as well. Went with my dad to this car wash place where we put in quarters and used the spray, brush and rinse available there to clean the car. It was fun.
Everything is available here but at a cost.
I saw the Hollywood sign. I took a bus to the Santa Monica Pier. It was very nice. Then I went to various stores such as Best Buys, Vons, Target, and Payless Shoes etc.....
So many things so many choices so many prices....Different places have different prices for milk, mangoes, chicken...soon and so forth. Can you believe comparing prices for all that before buying what you want?
You know how simple they have made things? A bulb screws on to the bulb holder on a lamp.
Our neighbors are Mexican so I am going to learn some Spanish soon.
I am having bouts of sadness and loneliness coupled with other things. I have been told that it takes a year to accustom to a new place.
I went to a school to help conduct some ASAT exams and got paid $175 for 7 hours work.
Important phrases I am taking with me on my trip.
Chugging down a drink means = drinking a drink bottoms up
Preview is pronounced=pre view
Hauled ass = hurried (I guess there are other interpretations)
I am leaving for Huston tomorrow 14th April ‘06 and then going to Cleveland on the 18th April ‘06. I will keep you posted about my trip.