Dear Friends and Family,
It seems that time’s been picking up speed lately. The last time I emailed you, I had just arrived in Bulgaria. Since then I’ve spent five days in Istanbul, Turkey, made a pit stop in Doha, Qatar, and already been in Hyderabad, India for three days now. It’s been a whirlwind, and I’ve had an amazing time. Istanbul, just like I had been told, is a beautiful, charming city, and I regret that I wasn’t able to spend more time there. My visa for India was expiring so I didn’t get to stay as long as I would have liked. I certainly hope to return some day.
I made it to India to learn that my visa was expiring in two days. It turned out that the expiration date on my visa was not the last day of entry (as I had been lead to believe) but the last day of stay. Fortunately, an uncle who lives here helped me resolve the matter. After two days of stressful visits to various government offices and payments of several hefty fees, I’ve gotten a two week extension. It’s not as long as I would have liked, but it will have to do. So I’m here until the 15th of October when I fly out to Dubai for a short visit before heading to Pakistan.
So that’s the update for now. I’ve been working on the blog (albeit slowly) so check it out when you have some time. I plan to upload pictures soon. Please let me know if you have any tips/suggestions/advice either about India or Dubai.