How much later? It's hard to say. At least my ipad knows what time it is in Bangalore because I certainly don't. I think I arrived in the Bangalore airport around 24 hours after I arrived at the Raleigh airport. I met up with Sam, Mindy and Tyler, who will be also working with me this summer and all of us got our bags (I actually packed very lightly in comparison and was of the few who didn't pay $100 to check a second bag!), made it through customs without getting red flagged and took off to Bangalore in a van, packed to the brim, in a situation semi-reminiscent of a family road trip. Unfortunately, our trip to the hotel was around 2:30 AM Indian time so it was kinda hard to do much sightseeing. However, Bangalore, the "Garden City of India", seems like a nice, quiet (relatively speaking) and high-tech city (fun fact: it was first place in India to get electricity). I hope I'll get a chance to come back and do some sightseeing. We did see this temple from the road, which was cool (although this is not my picture obviously).
|Temple seen from the road|
So we're currently at the St. Mark's hotel in Bangalore to relax and renew before our four hour drive to campus, although I might need to be dragged out of this nice hotel room. I forgot what an excess of people they have here. They had three guys tripping over each other to help deliver luggage, one that gave us a personalized tour of the room service menu, one that insisted on walking me to the door of my hotel and inserting the card to show me how to get in. All of us were a little out of it after traversing time and space but I think I could have handled finding room 306! Hmm... so it's currently 5 AM... maybe I should actually try to sleep and start getting used to this 10.5 hour time difference.