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Stuff I hadn't thought about

A lot of stuff hadn't occurred to me before I started planning for this trip. "Stuff" is a wonderful catchall word that can hold many different ideas, but my school teachers hated its vagueness. So, I'll elaborate a bit on what I mean by "stuff".

First, it's HOT in Hyderabad. I knew it was warm, but I didn't realize it was 105-degrees-Fahrenheit-hot. That's hot enough that I need to plan a specific wardrobe to account for it. My body will be under a lot of stress, and I need to help it out however I can.

Second, the air quality in Hyderabad is also pretty bad. Not Beijing bad, but still bad. I had time to place an order for N95 air filter masks that I can wear when outside, but it also affects what I'll do in my free time. For instance, as an asthmatic it's probably not a good idea to do anything too strenuous outside on bad air days, especially factoring in the heat.

Third, I need a prescription filled but the pharmacy won't fill it because it's too soon. It's going to run out while I'm in India, and despite my doctor's OK I can't refill it at my usual place. I had kind of assumed the pharmacy would hand it over, but it turns out that's not the case!

Fourth, everyone wears pants (or "slacks", which I don't believe is a real word) in the office in Hyderabad! I was going to wear shorts but since I want to fit in, I need to get some breathable synthetic pants. My usual cotton or denim won't cut it.

I leave Tuesday. Thankfully I have had some time to sort this all out and I'm excited to take an adventure!

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