It was getting really late when I had all those things I need to do, before I set off. I thought I had lots of time, but I was wrong. I was to start to Chennai in the morning with less than 7 hours left . It was a 6 hour journey from Tirupur. I packed up my stuff, enough of it considering the weight limitation enforced and I was very very anxious!! Once I was done with packing, I tried to make sure if I packed everything, but it was a mistake. I couldn’t easily locate what I was looking for, although I was sure I put it in there somewhere!!! Oh Man, I couldn’t seem to remember anything. I was just glad that my mom was there with me, helping me, guiding me, giving me a shoulder to rest on those crazy times. And my dad too, making sure that I finished packing all the stuff I needed. Truly, I have no idea what I would have done without their help.
With unexpected surprises at the Chennai International airport, I finally began my long journey , with couple of hours delay. While aboard the flight and staring at the dark sky It was then that implications of the journey sank into me. It was oddly frightening, but nothing unmanageable. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was scared to leave everything behind. But the weariness put me to sleep. I needed rest and I had plenty of time. And i said to myself: ” Here it goes!! ”
Missing flights consequently, in Frankfurt and in Washington Dulles, I was struck in San Francisco International Airport , in gate 72 for 6 hours in the early hours of 7th August. Finally Reached Salt Lake City at 1030 and I was picked up and hosted by ISA for more than a week. With lots of fun and laughter,(also, I was called a ‘smartA**’ , sarchastically!!!?? WTH ??? ) , along with ever caring and friendly hosts and my new friends, it was lot of fun and definitely memorable part of my journey..
It has been just about 15 days since I arrived and I have made new friends, enjoyed the splendid view of the mountains from literally everywhere!! , enjoyed the magnificent view of the canyons and the cold!!( Thanks for the warning, Guru!!), ate my first Cheesecake from Cheese Cake Factory (btw, very yummmmy :) ) , met lot of interesting people from several parts of the world( Serbia, Bulgaria, Mexico,etc at a BBQ) ,found a small apartment and settled myself in it( almost ), free Pizzas-Coke-movie night sponsored by the school every friday(so far), have walked late at night listening to my favorite songs and got completely wet by the sprinklers!,amazed at the buses here that could be lowered to help an elderly getting down from the bus,and lots and lots of cars, everywhere. With much more expectations, looking ahead for the semester to begin.