For more than two years I avoided India even though my boss kept mentioning I should probably go. Not because I did not want to experience another culture or country other than the United States; I do - and more than just India eventually. Mainly because of what I have to do this Tuesday. My immunization shots. Five of them, all in one day. "Oh, it's not bad.", my staff told me today. I'm sorry but I fail to see how five shots all in one day cannot be, at least, marginally "bad". They will ask you if you faint during shots, they told me. I plan on telling them no but, on the other hand, I've not ever received five at once either so maybe I better lay down. I'm finding that as I get older, it's best just to go ahead and lay down for most things.
Then there's the plane ride. Two separate nine hour jaunts with a layover in Germany is what I'm hearing. No doubt that too will be "not bad". Anyone that has ever prepared for a trip with me knows that I get a little OCDish when I travel. I will pack my bags and then check them a minimum of three times to make sure I have everything. I will go over my itinerary at least five times. I will make sure that my IDs, passports, and all relevant documents are in easy to reach places and then I will double check those places over and over again. I will break into a cold sweat while I stand in the security line because, for some reason, I now think I'm a criminal and they will spot me. I have no idea why this comes out when I travel. And this, mind you, is when I travel domestically. Now that I have to travel internationally, I ought to be in a full fledged Rainman frenzy that will make any security personnel definitely prepare for a strip search by the time I arrive. But I'm not worried because it will be "not bad".
Finally, there is the heat. I attended a Working with Indian Nationals course a month ago, to prepare for when I might go to India (never imagining it was right around the corner) and in that class they gave us a few facts. India is a marketer's dream at the moment because it is a country of billions. And, of those billions, some absurd statistic (around 80 to 90%) is under the age of 19. This is why companies like Coke, Apple, etc., are trying to get footholds there - young market, big sales. Hershey wanted to sell chocolate there. They quickly discovered that chocolate melts in 100+ weather where air conditioning is not the norm.
Let's think about that again...air conditioning is not the norm. So...yeah...five shots, a full day in a plane, and 100+ weather where I'm not allowed to show any leg or wear shorts will not be bad. Other than that...I can't wait. :-)