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One and a half weeks down, three to go

Since I left Michigan on the 15th, I've taken three flights, survived food poisoning and a cold, and weathered brutal heat. I've also done a ton of work and met a ton of wonderful people.

The first portion of the trip is over. I'm more or less acclimated, and adjusted to the time change. Of course, we decided to switch to nights on Monday, so I'll have to adjust again, but for now I'm enjoying being a bit more settled.

Speaking of Monday, I'm going to be late to work. One of the team here is getting married, so we're all taking it in shifts to attend the wedding! I'm looking forward to the experience and sharing it with the team. I didn't bring anything wedding-appropriate on the trip, so I'm heading off to the mall today to pick up a blazer or something.

And as for clothes, I made a friend at work this week because of my shoes. Yes, my shoes. I'm not much of a shoe person, but I recently bought a couple pairs of Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81s. My usual Keen trail shoes don't breathe at all and I wanted something lighter for the summer. The Ultimate 81s also happen to be vegan, so I picked a few up. Waterproof and rugged they are not, but they look very nice and are ideal for a hotter climate.

Anyway, I knew they had a bit of a following but I had no idea quite how much. A gentleman at work noticed them and came by at lunch to say hello and talk shoes. Apparently Onitsuka Tigers are near-impossible to get in India. It was a neat moment of connection and definitely reinforced how much I like the shoes since I'm pretty sure I would have done the same thing.

So that's the news. I'm also typing up some of the books I've been reading, and my feelings on the same. Lots of good reads right now, and thank goodness for Kindles. They make travel reading bearable, though they're still not as much fun as a dogeared paperback on the road.

Gorgeous greenery abounds

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