- 6 years ago
- Wedding: February 2010
Bees! I might have the opportunity to live in Chennai, India for a few months! SO and I are still completly up in the air. it might not happen. but in the case that it does, I have to admit I am a bigtime advance planner of things.
we would be there for a few months, but we do plan on keeping our apartment back home. we would be provided a furnished apartment or hotel room when we get there, but I don’t know any of the details of that. I also don’t know what months we would be there (I hope it’s not in Summer — so hot). my head is spinning. I have a bunch of different questions:
1. anyone know what it’s like in Chennai? it sounds like it’s fairly modern with a british influence. I think it’s kind of the silicon valley of India, not necessarily a tourist spot but apparently has some good culture to check out. I have a feeling I might get along ok speaking English.
2. how do I pack for a 4 month trip? I only have a carry-on suitcase and I’d rather not buy more luggage just for this trip. does anyone know if I can rent a trunk or maybe it makes more sense to have a big crate shipped in advance? who ships crates?
3. since it does have the British influence, I’m wondering if I can find some of the products I am used to. like, if I run out of my favorite moisturizer, will there be a Boots drugstore or something similar I can go to? or would you recommend I pack a 4 month supply of all my favorite toilitries? (I know it sounds like such a silly question but important because I am practially albino with uber-sensitive skin so having access to my “usual” skincare products is important to me, especially in a really hot climate. but I need to pack light!)
4. SO will be working full time, but not me. I will be spending a good chunk of my days tourning around by myself. so any advice for that pertaining to India? safety concerns, etc? I will probably go to other cities by myself too so I’d love to know what the cross-country trains there are like.
what other things can you recommend regarding long term travel and/or living in Chennai? I’ve traveled abroad before, in several cases by myself so I’m no travel noob. but I’ve only been to western countries, so any advice I could get would be welcome!
I AM SO EXCITED I CAN BARELY SIT STILL!
SO has told me to not get my hopes up, but I can’t help it. hopes are already up! if this happens, it would happen this year.