Sunday, 28 October 2012

My Week in Tiruvannamalai

It's Sunday evening in India, and I am beginning to get ready for my 5 a.m. trip back to Chennai. It's been a week with two days off for holidays so I was able to get away with only a three day work week. I could definitely get used to working only three days a week. My husband and I spent time hiking, checking out the streams and waterfalls around Mt. Arunachala and getting caught up on the US elections via the Internet. We are both pretty passionate about politics and enjoy following the polls no matter how up and down they seem to be this election. We are following the major storm expected to slam into the East Coast of the US and keeping an eye on a cyclone headed towards Chennai mid-week. The last major cyclone here was last December 2011. We lost power for nearly 10 days and had sporadic Internet access. Since we are even more rural than Tiruvannamalai town (our home is about 5 km from the town center), we were some of the last houses to get back on the grid. It's been very windy here today, which is not very common, so the severe weather seems to be headed our way. I have once again slipped into rural India mode and need to gear up for the hustle and bustle of Chennai, with a potential week of floods awaiting me.