you’re all i need to get by.

1 May

wise and wonderful followers, i am working on several stunning posts based on your fantastic feedback and inquisitive lines of questioning – but for now – please accept the following.

when i left canada, i was really um…unprepared…for what was to come here in tropical india.  i know – you’re quietly giggling to yourself thinking “al, you? unprepared? this is no surprise.”  – but let me finish will ya?

this time the unpreparedness was intentional. i figured that i’d try to just go with the flow as much as possible – bring only the things i knew i couldn’t live without (neutrogena face cream, vitamins, allergy medication) and just let the rest figure itself out. or not.

exhibit: unprepared in amsterdam. fail.

so it seems to be going ok.  i mean do i wish i had brought a satchel bag deal instead of a pair of 4-inch heels – yes. but sometimes you simply can’t employ logic when shoes are involved.

here is a list of the unexpected and unplanned things which are truly getting me by here in  india:

  1. marvin gaye, bach and fats waller: stolen from my darling uncle’s music collection, these greats are helping me fall asleep on the nights when i know jc is stalking my brains.
  2. undershirts: they help me keep to the conservative code if a shirt is just slightly too low cut, while also curbing the charming waterfalls of sweat.
  3. face astringent: it is so dirty here – and not dirty with 2 t’s. filthy, mucky, dusty. evil dirt particles end up almost everywhere so a quick method for dirt removal is key.
  4. 100% apple juice: i am not a juice drinker but with ridiculous level of dehydration here apple juice is ensuring i don’t pass out. man i’d be an ugly fainter.
  5. old navy flip flops: i wear mine everywhere – including the shower and the house – to avoid stepping on any rogue cockroaches or jc/jc’s evil compatriots.

so my conclusion is that preparedness ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.  

and don’t worry, in the interest of sample size and your continued amusement, i will test this theory out further.  i am about to release my first indian travel destination to you, so we’ll see if a similar approach has me coming out on top. or not.

and now i’m off to the store  for some more apple juice…


7 Responses to “you’re all i need to get by.”

  1. Brenna May 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Don’t underestimate the value of those 4 inch heels just yet… pretty shoes are never a mistake!

    • Al May 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      your appreciation for footwear is one of the many reasons why we are friends donna. i mean, brenna.

  2. Cara May 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Good call on the undershirt! From one extremely sweaty gal to another… I feel your pain. xox

  3. Barnet May 2, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I’m sure what he meant to say was yer shoes too big.

  4. Barnet May 2, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    Forgo the dadblamed link!

  5. Hannah May 4, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I’m just realizing that you and I have never actually traveled together.

    Maybe this is why.


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