amidst all of the moving preparations are the excitement and nervousness one is forced to bury during such hectic times. i know they're there somewhere, but i think maybe they won't make themselves known until i'm on the plane to bangalore.
when i make room in my brain to think about our upcoming adventure, i think about all of the new sights/sounds/smells i'll be graced with, the people and accents and languages, the work opportunities and our radio show (stay tuned for more on that), and soaking in the landscapes that long bus and train rides across the country will reveal.
i'm looking forward to all of that, and i'm nervous about some other things. mostly i'm nervous about how i'll be treated as a white-looking USer. i know that because of my privilege, i will be treated in ways that will make me uncomfortable, and it may be challenging to figure out how to navigate it, especially if i want to be teaching childbirth classes. i've been in similar situations in latin america, when i was younger, and i never quite figured out how to be okay with it. talking to uzma last night helped me think about it in another way, though. (thanks, uz.)
speaking of uzma, god i'm really going to miss everyone. hey, did you know that we'll have a webcam? any of you who have webcams, please can we video chat all the time? sangeeta's sister leaves the webcam on sophie for hours at a time. i like that idea. i think i could watch genevieve for hours at a time. except when she's sleeping. okay, really i won't be staring at a computer screen for more than what is a healthy amount of time each day. i will be out there, exploring the city, finding clients, making playlists for the aforementioned radio show, receiving ayurvedic oil treatments, practicing yoga, dreaming up big ideas in my aquarian way, and eating lots of yummy south indian treats.
how can you resist coming for a visit? let's review our visitors, shall we?
friends who are committed:
friends who are seriously considering it:
mel and sangeeta
bekah and marissa
blake, allie, and the G
tara and ari
friends who were already going to be in india at some point in the next year:
christian, sunila, and stinko
sahana, thambu and the little monkey
nalini and gopal