So it's official. After a brief moment of panic and some confusing e-mails confirming my U.S. citizenship, I am going to India!
This isn't just an idea anymore.
The travel visa was approved and is now pasted into my passport. I can't just let that go to waste right? Right.
|Blurry phone photos are my forte, what can I say?|
Aside from the several vaccines I still have to get, and the (several more) shots of whiskey I plan to take to calm my nerves before the flight takes off, we are good to go.
But because I can never be a full on Optimistic Olivia, the only complaint I have to make is the annoyance of telling people I'm going.
The conversation has generally gone a little something like this:
Random person: Em, I'm been awhile! Where have you been?
Emily: Oh, Um, I've been busy, but around. I'm going to India in a few weeks so I've been doing a lot of planning and stuff for that, you know.
RP: Wait what?! That's awesome. Are you thinking about becoming a nun or something?
E: Um, no.
RP: Oh. Mission work then?
E. Um, no. (Uncomfortable chuckle) I'm just going with some friends for the Festival of Holi.
RP: Festival of Holy? What's that?
E: It's um, also called the Festival of Colors? It's technically a pagan holiday. You throw colored dust in the air and it's a week long celebration. Sort of like an Indian Woodstock.
RP: (Blank stare)
This is where I start rambling on fast (really fast) about how I'm not going to India just to party. So I talk about how I'm also going to:
Ride an elephant!
And see the Taj Mahal!
And The Amber Fort!
And lots! of! exciting! and! cultural! and! life changing! things.
But it's too late. I've already lost them.
To them I'm just another irresponsible party girl going though a quarter life crisis wasting away a very generous portion of my life's savings.
At first I was annoyed some people reacted that way. Then I started saying things like,
So, I won't be able to make it to your board game night. I'll be in India.
Sorry I can't come to your Tupper Ware party, I'll be in India.
Whatever people. Enjoy your wine and cheese party. I hope the thrill of those wine tannins really do it for ya.
I'm going to India.
20 days 18 hours 12 minutes and countingggg.... till this craziness ensues.