San Diego - Houston - Singapore, via Moscow
Tue 23 Oct 2012 - Thu 13 Dec 2012 81 °F
This whole business of transition is quite time consuming...to let the brain handle new realities and new possibilities, one just needs to sit idle sometimes. Kinda like Buddha meditating. Great wisdom can be gained by letting time pass. And I let time pass quite a bit. First, in San Diego. San Diego is growing to be one of my fav cities in the US - its warm, there's an ocean, and almost Colorado-like blue skies. Perfect for "meditating!" Even flew over the coast in a Cessna, with Gr piloting.
Post San Diego, spent a fulfilling few days in Houston, tackling boxes from my old life - so therapeutic to be able to open cardboard cartons of stuff and look at things with no regret and almost a warm feeling of a life well lived. and a life well-lived fits in Storage Unit Size 10X5.
Then on to Singapore. On the way to Singapore had a brief layover in Moscow. So brief that it would be unfair for me to have an opinion about it, but seeing grumpy people who fit the stereotype of who I think Russians are, just begs for a little bit more description. The bathrooms smelled of smoke! Even the bathroom in the plane smelled of smoke. The people looked hardy, but they were buying some expensive coffee at the airport deli. A look out towards the runway, and there were abandoned planes just parked right there in the grass. Like an airplane graveyard, mocking all the active planes. And the planes itself were so interesting - airlines I am not familiar with (Tui?) and places that need exploring (Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan). So much of the world to see, so much to absorb, and then the flight to Singapore was called.
In the spirit of not rushing into finding a new career or even simply a new job, I spent a couple of months in Singapore meeting people, asking questions about alternate possibilities, looking at whether Singapore would work as a home for the next few years. And a big bonus was being able to be home in India for my mother's birthday. And celebrated Diwali after almost a decade. Now, after what turned out to be an unintended busy couple of months, I wonder what it would look like to have no goals, to drift purposeless. I wouldn't know!