thank goodness for americans.

19 May

it’s been a wild 24 hours but despite all the craziness of the last day, i have learned one key thing: thank goodness for americans.

here’s the rundown:

1. i got invited to a dinner with usa embassy workers here in kolkata: win.

2. i bravely planned to take the metro to dinner: win.

3. taxi driver didn’t know (or understand) the metro stop location, i yell, he drops me off on side of road at rush hour: lose.

4. new taxi driver thinks it would be fun to screw the white girl out of money, takes convoluted route to metro stop: lose.

5. metro is awesome, i find ticket, train and stop easy peasy lemon squeasy: win.

6. i find restaurant (italian place predictably filled with westerners.)  as soon as i leave metro station, despite rush hour traffic and near-death road crossing escapade: win.

metro ticket to prove bravery, and pizza to prove...hunger?

7. embassy workers are nice, inviting, unpretentious and incredibly welcoming: win.

8. trouble finding cab upon leaving restaurant, and when cab eventually located, driver drops me off in confusing spot in the market: lose.

9. panic, get lost and cry: lose.

10. get found, thank jesus and decide to keep crying: win.

11. get home, find out sienna’s born, cry again: win.

12. get no sleep because of #11’s excitement factor: lose.

13. try to find western union in morning, head to 2 banks, fill out 5 forms, get told after 2 hours you can’t send money from kolkata using western union: lose.

14. get home from work and find cable is out because of giant storm that prompted colleague to exclaim “i think we will have a twister-thing!”, fear for life: lose.

15. get an email from 2 new american embassy worker friends inviting me to birthday party next week that involves “libations, snacks, red velvet cupcakes with frosting and dancing at a club”, realize those are all my favorite things: win.

16. write this list, conclude win/lose ratio is preeeetty much even and decide to eat sour cream and onion chips: you decide.


11 Responses to “thank goodness for americans.”

  1. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) May 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    oh Al – all of this makes having a baby seem easy. Re-read last post. xo

    • Al May 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

      haha i cant tell if you are mocking me for being a baby or if you are congratulating me for being strong. either way, i’m ok with it. now get off the internet and go give sienna cuddles from her auntie alli. xo

      • A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) May 20, 2011 at 2:51 am #

        neither…it means come home and have a’s easier!

  2. ica May 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    I’m tired just reading that! Man! Sister you are rockin this india thing ;) always a winner to me big sister xoxoxo love ya!

    • Al May 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      hahahahah thanks sister!

  3. Hannah May 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm #



    (I also would like to add in a “Told you so” about finding other westerners and having america days.)

    • Al May 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      even if i was actively trying to replace you, im pretty sure there is only one hannah-esque person in this world.

  4. Barnet May 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    I think you only used that title for this entry to keep the CIA off your trail now that you’re partying with the embassy staff. Verrrry clever!

  5. Brenna May 20, 2011 at 1:55 am #

    Wow… I am exhausting just having read this!


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