I went to Boston-Burlington-Baltimore. Interestingly all Bs. I in fact had made a decision once upon a time that I will do a bike (cycle) tour to all towns and cities in India that start with B. Quite an irrelevant piece of information. Well, I had an excellent time on this trip meeting family and friends and having time for myself.
First is a list of things that sum up my trip
- Slept in a fetal position in the 18 hour train journey from Toledo to Boston. But also sat in the cafe car for most of the time, looking out of the window.
- Met Alex in the cafe car where we talked about how he faces discrimination because of his dreadlocks even though he is white.
- Had a conversation about open spaces and common land in Australia with an old Australian couple, an environmental science student, and a physics student.
- Spilled a whole embarrassing cup of coffee on myself. Thermals saved me from getting a skin burn.
- Drove around Boston, walked through Harvard and saw some MIT buildings.
- Met a family comprising of a white man, woman from India, and two adopted girls from India.
- Sat through the most amazing drive between Boston and Burlington.
- Ate good food and drank red wine everywhere
- Sat through 3 christmas parties
- Met long lost cousins and uncles
- Rode the red line in Boston (metro)
- Made friends with Ace who I never touched. (the cat)
- Understood what it feels like to be told I drink wine too fast and that I drink win too slow.
- Did a lot of futile research for Philadelphia.
- Slept through new year at Baltimore
- Said nothing to anybody on the train back to Toledo
And now somethings I learned, re-learned, realized etc.
I figured it is okay to be restless and unsure about the future because there are so many attractive options and also it motivates me to get work done on time. I shouldn't take things too seriously sometimes.
I was reminded about the wonderful friends I have. Some of my friendships are stronger than my family ties. I am so grateful for them. I will continue to create and keep deep friendships regardless of what people have to say about relationships only being shallow in 'real' life. I am what I am, a caring, loyal, and loving friend. Also brutal, honest, and playful. I can be all this only to few and I am glad and grateful to my friends for allowing me to be all this.
Philosophically I need to be honest with myself about my own beliefs. I realize that I am constantly growing and changing. I should trust my experiences.
I can and will never be a part of any group or gang. I would not want to even if I was and so I should stop trying and instead cherish my friendships.
Toledo is a learning and training ground for me. It is teaching me to be independent, interdependent, and knowledgeable.
My family continues to be my biggest support at all times and I cannot be thankful enough.
So, it has been a fruitful trip and I hope to make such trips regularly throughout my life.