Michael P


america
January 23, 2009, 7:38 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I finally made it back to SFO on monday morning.  I had some ticketing snafus, but nothing $3800 in new tickets booked at the airports(s) can’t fix.  Hopefully this can be settled outside of small claims court, but i’m doubtful.

Being back in America is weird to say the least.  I don’t quite feel like i’m here to live.  I feel like this is another country that i’m visiting. There’s lots of things that i’m not used to having to think about.  When i drove or walked around before i left i didn’t think much about the way that i cross the street or my driving habits.  But not i’m so used to the Bangladeshi street rules that often times i go across the street when cars are coming and they stop for me.  In bangladesh it would be my responsibility to make sure a car didn’t hit me.  But here, everyone is very cautious to make sure they don’t hit me when i’m waiting in the street to let them drive by.  it’s pretty annoying.  The list of driving differences and mistakes that i’ve made so far is endless and i won’t bore you with it.

Besides driving and walking, i’m also having problems finding stuff i want to eat.  I’m so used to bangladeshi and vietnamese food that when i walk into the grocery store nothing really jumps out at me.  I started not craving western food a couple of months ago and i really just want some rice and dal or a big bowl of pho.  I had tacos today, and they were good, but i’d much rather have asian food.

I’ve started developing my film, all 30+ rolls.  So far i’m about 8 rolls in and i’ve gotten some good pictures.  I with i’d brought more color film because those turned out much better than i was expecting.  please excuse the dust and lint on the pictures.  i scanned them in and i’m just doing it quickly to see which ones i like.

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Wrapping it all up
January 16, 2009, 9:51 pm
Filed under: travel

So i haven’t written here in a while. I haven’t felt like I’ve had anything important to say, so i haven’t said anything at all. I’ve spent the last 3 weeks traveling. After leaving Dhaka i had 2 nights in KL and 2 weeks in Vietnam.  I like north Vietnam, but south Vietnam is a waste of time.  you might as well spend a week in a mall in southern California.

Now I’m back in KL.  My family has gone back to American (or at least en route).  I have 2 nights here then i go home by way of Tokyo.  People keep asking me if I’m excited to go back home.  To be honest, I’m kind of indifferent and i don’t know how i feel about that.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past 5 months.  I really had no idea what to expect on this trip.  It turned out to be much more difficult than i expected but to a certain extent i think I’m going to miss that.  For the past 5 months everything has been foreign and confusing to me.  Now I’m going to go back home where i at least understand the language, can read, and have a general understanding of the cultural norms.

My future is slightly uncertain.  I don’t have anything set it stone and i don’t feel like going into my possible options.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my life.  You should go to another country.  It’s pretty fun.

Michael