Sunday, January 01, 2006

In Memoriam: A trip well-travelled

Over 10,000 miles travelled, 45 days spent, 50 friends and family members met, 4 babies kissed, 27 states passed through, 19 towns/cities/one-horse-stops stopped at, 2 colds survived, 33 posts blogged, $3000 saved via a USA rail pass, cumulative ~ 200 hours spent on trains, 40 hours extra due to trains being late. Confided in strangers and bosom buddies. Danced with collies. Attended a book-club meeting to discuss A General Theory of Love. Heard the pain of death through a locked door and saw a tarantula. Ate many, many garden burgers and rice laced with chicken stock. Saw a city in a new light and fell in love with it all over again. Folded an old year into tissue paper and rolled out a new one.
Dreamt up wind-mill designs (watch this space) and plotted world-changing strategies. Discovered Moldova has no Indians. Lived poised between gentle moderation and wild extremities.

And now it's time to move on and stay put. I've reached Boston and have already started putting roots down - doing paperwork, getting drunk, making new friends and reacclimatizing to old ones for the long haul. And so, I have this to say to you, Sidharth Jaggi of yesteryear...


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