Where have I been you ask? Driving the Southeast, I answer.
The past couple of weeks have been hectic, filled with many more roadtrips and travels. I continue to be in denial that my traveling will somewhat subside or that time is flying by as fast as it is. I can't believe my luck. And I am in amazement of the infinity of time.
Ah, I digress. A close friend of mine and quite possibly my oldest friend came to visit the United States from England. Nisha spent one week in Texas with a mutual friend and the second week with me. It was really good to see her and we laughed a lot as we regaled each other with stories and memories of our life back in the day. What's pretty sweet too, is we're both on similar planes in our lives now, so we related to each other on many different levels all this while never having seen each other in three years, or properly hanging out in six years.
What we did while she was here: visited the very happening Knoxville downtown where there was a pretty good outdoor concert with Neil Bush and fireworks for Honda Hoot; drove through Cades Cove and shopped at the Outlet Stores in Pigeon Forge; walked and window-shopped Asheville, N.C., perused Green Acres Flea Market and West Town Mall; toured Chattanooga, South Pittsburgh and Russell Cave; visited family friends and scored bargain deals at the unclaimed bagagge center in Scottsboro, Ala.; battled traffic in Atlanta and met up with more old friends.
Atlanta, was cool and happening as always. I met a cousin who recently moved there after seeing him 13 years ago in India. Also got to have dinner with the always wonderful Nisha and Dharmisha. And visited several random bars and cafes while commuting around for about 12 hours.
But wait! There's more. I roadtripped with Chado to Newport, Tenn. What a fine example of a small true Southern town. There's a dry-goods store there that's just like the general stores in Kitwe. Saw the synchronized fireflies at Elkmont one Wednesday night with Stephanie and Elizabeth. A very cool sight; if you're near, you must go. Don't forget the flashlight.
Now on the homefront: I'm in the painting mood. I've painted my bathroom a bright green and large wall in my lounge a bright orange. And as chance would have it, most of the stores in the malls I visited displayed similiar shades of orange and green. So the home improvement has begun again. It's beginning to look more like a home now, which is somewhat daunting.
Although my novice painter hands show throughout with paint drops on my wood floors and smudges on the ceiling. The landlord won't like that when I move out.
I'm supposed to stay in Knoxville for the next two weeks though, so look out for more. I'm back.