I miss India some days more than others. Kolkata, April 2011. The best tea stall/noodle shop/gents beauty parlor combination in the city. 

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Signs of Reverse Cultural Shock.

1. I have to quell the urge to steal toilet paper from every public or private bathroom I enter.

2. I have to quell the urge to throw trash anywhere I want.

3. I have to quell the urge to eat with my hands.

4. Bobbling my head at someone, expecting her to understand its meaning of a silent thank you

5. Staring at people that, four months ago, I wouldn’t have glanced twice at.

More to come!

Gmail Chat, Uncensored.

Elias: it’s also fucking hot in pittsburgh
like really hot

me: oh really?
i thought it was 75
thats what my computer says
its like 65 in maryland, it feels amazing
after 104 in delhi

Elias: haha ya I guess I can’t really complain about it being hot in pittsburgh
not to you atleast

me: yeah you really can’t
how hot is fucking hot?

Elias: probably low 80s. I don’t know I came inside after getting here and haven’t moved from under this fan since

The things I do to get home.

1 sleeper train, Jaipur to Old Delhi Railway Station

1 autorickshaw, Old Delhi to New Delhi Railway Station

1 Express Airport Train

1 plane, Delhi to Abu Dhabi

1 plane, Abu Dhabi to New York

1 Airtrain, Terminal 4 to Terminal 2

1 plane, New York to Baltimore

1 car ride, Baltimore to Woodstock

Total: approximately 43 hours in transit

Lists to Come:

Things We Miss About India

Things We Don’t Miss About India

A Meal at a McDonald’s in India

Side notes, as Leah would say:

I had trouble using the utensils for all of the meals on the plane (a result of eating with my hands all the time).

What are the kids wearing these days?

I was walking down the street in Mumbai and he placed his hand on my head and I thought, ‘oh my God, he’s going to bless me.’

Leah Raczka, advertising & photography major at Grand Valley State University