The year in review:
We rang in 2017 among a very fireworksy and festive crowd on the Rhine River in Bonn, Germany. We had a last minute trip to Rome while it was still just two hours away. And then we packed up and moved to Pune a month later.
Between navigating Indian bureaucracy and managing calendars for the never-ending travel plans of academic life, we finally got all we needed to function on a day-to-day basis (residence permits, phones, bank account, apartment), but there’s always something else, amirite?
After the events of this spring and summer (fast-forwarding here): travel for babies and weddings, two unexpected months back in Germany but this time in the Black Forest, and not making it to Israel as expected (yet again, defeated by visa issues :T ), we finally managed to stay in one place for longer than six weeks for the first time since moving away from New York the year before.
I was able to follow up on a contact with an NGO based in Pune and have since been volunteering most of my time in one of their programs. This involves getting to see different parts of the city and playing with teenagers, so it’s pretty much perfect for me.
During the last six months I’ve also decided to apply to grad school. The combination of these two things has been keeping me pretty busy, hence my negligence of this blog. Sorry, folks, my writing efforts have been preoccupied with a million and one other things!
And celebrated so many festivals! Krishna Janmashtami, Ganpati/Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja/Navratri, and Diwali! Not to mention Halloween and Thanksgiving. Any reason to get together and eat lots of food. And so many birthdays.
We said hello and goodbye to many friends! Two who visited Pune from abroad and too many more who moved away.
And overall spent lots of time just hanging out with people who help us keep our sanity.
As I’ve just finished my last application, I write to you from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we are, once again, for a visa run so that I can stay in Pune. Plus of course for holiday, seeing family and friends, eating out hearts out and overall having a spankin’ good time.
Happy New Year!