Friday, August 27, 2010

Oh, By the Way . . .

I’m moving to Colombia! And yes, it is a one-way ticket :)

Yup, in less than a month I will board a plane for Medellin, Colombia via Delhi, Chicago and Miami. Check out a globe, India and Colombia are literally on opposite sides. Despite this, I expect the transition to be quite smooth. Colombia is also hot; also a developing country; also filled with bright colours, music, and beautiful scenery. Plus I expect Spanish to be a whole lot easier to learn than Chinese, Thai or Telugu!

True to form, I made the decision to leave India early based on a gut feeling that this just isn’t the right place for me anymore. Since then I’ve managed to sort out some more precise reasoning and have gotten as far as recognizing that although I like the work and I like India, I no longer enjoy doing the work in India.

With the decision made, I talked to Vandita who was not excited about the proposal but accepted my decision. The date of my departure was set by the fact that my visa expires on September 23rd, although I will continue to work for RDF remotely through the end of October.

So what’s a girl to do with an open ticket anywhere in the world, nowhere to be, and nothing to do? Well, charmed by Miles’ tales of Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring, Colombia seemed the natural choice. Do I have plans? No. Do I have ideas? I’m overflowing with them. Am I happy? Yes. And really, at the end of the day, that’s the only thing that matters.

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