Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Packed and ready to roll

As unbelievable as this might sound, I am actually packed - a full 48 hours before I am set to leave. One of my friends came over after work last night and we worked and worked and worked until it was finished. I now have nothing to deal with but last minute errands and a few loose ends at work to tie up. This is all happening so quickly. It's hard to think that I'll be apartment hunting in Shanghai on Saturday.

My internet access is going away today, so the next time I write, it will be from the People's Republic of China - which I'm not even sure will be possible yet since internet there is censored. It might be back to mass emails.

The thing that scares me the most about going, is living in a place where I will be functionally illiterate for the first time in my life. I won't be able to read signs on shops, in stores, menus... I won't recognize things at all. At least with phonetic alphabets like Cyrillic or Hindi script, it's possible to sound things out, but Chinese is a whole new ball game. What a challenge - I can't wait!

I haven't even really had time to think about how I feel about leaving India yet. I don't think it will really hit me until I'm getting on the plane tomorrow night. It's all a bit much to process at once. I need sleep. Seriously. I guess that's what long flights are for. :)

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