Perspective

Perspective
It's crazy how perspective changes everything. More than you know. The way we see things has more weight than the way things actually are. [caption id="attachment_1231" align="alignnone" width="640"] Portland sunset[/caption] (more…)

Indian Visa Nightmare (Continued)

Indian Visa Nightmare (Continued)
Previous: Nov 10: STUCK IN PORTLAND: 6 WEEKS LATER AND STILL NO VISA Sept 28: HOW EXTENDING OUR INDIAN VISAS LED US TO PORTLAND, OR On October 3, 2013, Josh submitted his application for a new Indian Business Visa. Two weeks later they asked for an extra document. Since we had to get this document from India, it took 8 days to get it and submit it. More weeks went by, and still no visa. (more…)

Indian Visa Nightmare (Continued)

Indian Visa Nightmare (Continued)
Previous: Nov 10: STUCK IN PORTLAND: 6 WEEKS LATER AND STILL NO VISA Sept 28: HOW EXTENDING OUR INDIAN VISAS LED US TO PORTLAND, OR On October 3, 2013, Josh submitted his application for a new Indian Business Visa. Two weeks later they asked for an extra document. Since we had to get this document from India, it took 8 days to get it and submit it. More weeks went by, and still no visa. (more…)

Stuck In Portland: 6 Weeks Later And Still No Visa

Stuck In Portland: 6 Weeks Later And Still No Visa
On September 26, 2013 we decided that extending our Indian visas in India would be almost impossible, so we decided to fly back to the US to get new and longer-term visas. In case you missed it, here is the more detailed story of why we didn't extend in India, and why we came to Portland. We thought we would be in the US (Portland) for about a month, get both our visas and fly

I Never Knew I Would Be So Happy About Windows (part II)

I Never Knew I Would Be So Happy About Windows (part II)
Two months ago, we moved into a fixer-upper house in India. Over a month ago, we got new windows for the bedroom. About three weeks ago we ordered new windows for the rest of the house; they had to be custom made because the windows in this house were really old (and dirty), and all different sizes. We ordered clear glass so we get to see the outside. I don't know why in the world, but

Culture Shock: Dirt

Culture Shock: Dirt
Apart from the bugs and the noise, the other major problem we encountered when we moved to this house was how dirty it was. Dust was everywhere. A couple Indians had even "cleaned" the house before we moved in. When we arrived, we were expecting clean. According to them it was clean, so we started calling it "India clean." We spent two full days cleaning the house, we even used hydrochloric acid and thinner, and it

Culture Shock: Noise

Culture Shock: Noise
India is loud. It just feels like everything is louder here than anywhere else: the roads, cooking, opening doors, just everything. We moved to a house that is near the road on one side and near the train tracks on the other side. And if you've been following this blog since the beginning, you'll know that we have old windows that have cracks to the outside allowing the noise (and bugs) to enter. Thankfully, we

Culture Shock: Bugs

Culture Shock: Bugs
Living in India has been a challenge; a bigger challenge than we thought. I began the "culture shock" series two days ago, writing about the lack of privacy. Today's subject (as you may have assumed by the title and image of this post) is: Bugs: (more…)

Culture Shock: Privacy

Culture Shock: Privacy
[caption id="attachment_854" align="alignnone" width="640"] Chor Bazaar in Bombay.(Photo by Eric Parker)[/caption] There are so many things I had to live with and was NOT accustomed to when I moved to India. Slowly, some of those things are becoming tolerable. Some are still not. One may experience culture shock when moving to a different country, and usually, when people visit or move to India, those things include: massive poverty, adults and kids doing their private business