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March 1st, 2005

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03:06 am - I minus 14 days
I leave for India on March 14. I'll arrive there on March 15 after spending about 24 hours in the air.

I feel pretty ready for the trip and Ericka is busily making plans. Our friends Philip and Ctein will be coming in while I'm away to stay with her which will be a huge help and fun for her besides.

The new camera is working out well, though I haven't posted pictures in a few days. I took some photos of a few co-workers tonight and will get those posted up in the morning, probably. And I'm on the hook for Self-Portrait Day this week, so I'll be spending a lot of personal time with the camera, if you know what I mean.

Trying to think of things to take to India as I already have a big list of things to bring and/or send back.
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Date:March 3rd, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)

What to Bring?

What to bring? Don't bring anything. When I went to India I brought all kinds of stuff that I thought I would need and I ended up leaving most of it in the first hotel I stayed in in Madras. Most other travellers I talked to did the same thing. If you need something you can buy it once you get there for way less than it would cost to ship it back... That's my advice to you.

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Date:March 3rd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)

Re: What to Bring?

Thanks for the advice. I do tend to pack light, doing a week in Seattle out of a small carry-on duffel, for example. So, having two bags at 50 lbs. each means I could take scads of stuff along if I was of a mind to. My current plan is to pack for my three weeks in one suitcase and plan on buying a second one there to fill up with 50 lbs. of goodies to bring back. (Not counting shipping big stuff back!)

My pondering of things to take was more in line of gifts for my hosts. I'm going to be schlepping a couple of tchotkes and a bag of candy along at the request of the woman that went there ahead of me. If I was going on vacation to a friend's place, I'd bring along some interesting food or a bottle of scotch. Travelling this far for work is new to me and I'm not sure what will be appreciated by the folks there.

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