Paul is traveling for work in Houston and gets a call offering him an assignment to India; he responds that he needs to consult me first. We talk later that day and agree he should take it.
Paul has a meeting in Rhode Island with the owner of the company to go over the details.
11/14/09 - 11/27/09
Work visa obtained
Flight reservation made
Hotel reservation made
Immunizations (five shots, ouch!) and a prescription for anti-diarrhea medication
Travel Insurance obtained
International driving permit obtained
New laptop purchased (with Webcam for Skype)
Skype set up
Sony eReader Touch purchased and some books downloaded, namely “Culture Shock! India (A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette)
Credit card company contacted (yeah, not only did he find out there is an additional 3% charge to use it internationally...but his info was passed on after booking his hotel in India! New card stat!...obtained.)
Notify customer base that he’ll be out of the country
Travelers checks obtained
Replace all leather items (Read: leather = cow = big no-no)
Pack bottled water and edible snacks
Voltage adapter purchased
Blow up doll packed. Just kidding; packed hand
We went to Texas Road House for Paul’s last taste of beef he’ll have in awhile.
Paul left to travel 50% across the globe for up to half of the next year.
This is a great opportunity and I’m excited for him, but there is a part of me that just wants to throw up when I think of how far away he’ll be and how long he’ll be gone. I know he’ll be home for Christmas and New Years…but that’s a whole month away!
One last thing I want to share; and the reason I asked him not to use the international driving permit…