As much of a tough start that I had, arriving with a heavy weight of emotions that I left back at home, I couldn't be more happy I went on this trip. After my mini-breakdown when I had to put my beloved Mocha to sleep over the phone, I was broken this trip. I felt bad my Hyderabad team had to witness the torment going on in me, feeling like they were unable to help, and had to stand by and watch as I struggled to keep my head up. In reality, they healed me. Allowing me to laugh, lightening the mood, and just being available when I needed to cry (or close to). I couldn't be more thankful for all of them. They are an amazing group of people and I am again sad to be leaving them behind. This will not be my last visit to Hyderabad, let alone India. There is still so much of this beautiful country I have yet to explore. The food, colors, smells, and most of all the people I have come to call, not just a friend, but family. Driving away in the cab and heading to the airport. Looking back to them all standing on the side of the road, watching. I couldn't help but shed even more tears. This time of happiness and memories of laughter, not sorrow and pain.
I will be back, my friends, and we will continue where we left off. Until then, we always have video calls from the opposite side of the world and chat. This is not goodbye. This is until we meet again.
With all of that said, I would like to say thank you to each individually... or a side note:
LEAVE // 03.16.2018 | 21:20 PM PST | HYDERABAD, INDIA
ARRIVE // 03.17.2018 | 21:40 AM IST | PORTLAND, OR
TRANSPORTATION // ALASKA AIRLINES | EMIRATES
LAYOVER // DUBAI, EAU | 8 HOUR 50 MINUTE // LOS ANGELES, CA | 5 HOUR
(HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS IN DUBAI, 4 HOURS)
[Side note: pay attention to your visa expiration date. By doing so, it will save you a great amount of anguish and torment, rather than spending over 6 hours in the India immigration office, dreading the potential immediate deportation or 5-year jail sentence. Nothing else needs to be said than, thank you to some amazing friends who helped resolve the issue. I can never repay you for your kindness, care, and attention. I am so blessed to have met you both and can call you a friend]