Friday, June 17, 2011

America America

In Chicago USA.
Somehow Amrika feeling hasn't sunk in yet. My friend says that its because I haven't gone out much .
I had always felt that US would spring up many surprises right from the beginning .But somehow things seem familiar. Maybe because we have been told about US and its ways over and over again in those ILI sessions.Maybe because I ve so many of my friends around here. Anyways here are the first look observations
- There are no pedestrians here. Everyone owns a car. No one walks. And apparently if you walk where there is no pavement , you get fined.I miss taking strolls.
- When people have accumulated considerable number of things they have run out of use for , they put up a sale in their back yard. Its called garage sale and even used clothes and shoes are included.
- Vehicles on highways are super fast.
- You can use debit/credit cards for any amount of money. Even if you buy something worth a single dollar.
- Indian locality is Indian locality. There are chocolate wrappers strewn around, pan stains on pavements and even potholes on roads. I guess that's why Indians throng there - To feel at home.
- Its summer here and I haven't experienced such a chill during winter months in Mangalore .Me and my friend go about wearing jackets and full trousers while the rest wander about in shorts and Tee's. There is daylight till about 8 30 PM in summer. But seems darkness sets in at 4 PM during winter. Now daylight savings makes sense.
- Everyone says Thank You at every single opportunity. And strangers wish you Good Morning/Evening.

Here are some pics of Briarwood Terrace , My Apartment and the surrounding area

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