Lesson learned: Plan B

I was never a guide, a brownie, a scout or any of those things. Though I am not spontaneous (well, other than this whole moving to India thing) and like to have a loose plan a well thought out, multi-nested listie plan, I rarely consider what to do if my plans fall through. This is because I generally take the safe road, the one that is most likely to result in a successful outcome – even if I am taking risks for me.

We’ve been in our house in India for one week, and it is now clear that we always need to have a back up plan. Always. Because if we don’t, guaranteed that the water filter will break, leaving us without drinking water for four days; the kitchen’s on-demand hot water heater will die, making it hard to wash dishes; the gas stove will take over 40 minutes to boil a pot of water at a time when the lils are most starving; the power will fail as I set out to cook dinner, rendering the brand new induction cooktop we bought useless, AND the starters for the gas stove equally useless; that the internet will go out on the day that Willy left his mobile at home and me no way of reaching him, or figuring out how to dial a number anyway; and that our bank cards won’t work in the first bunch of ATMs we try them in, making it hard to buy food when the credit cards don’t work at the grocery store.

We now have about a week’s worth of bottled water stashed away, plenty of food options that are ready to eat (more difficult here, especially since we can’t eat any raw fruit or veg), are working on a mobile for me AND back-up internet access, and may just have rupees stashed here, there and everywhere.

It’s been a crazy week.

Category: India | 12 comments

  • Sasha says:

    Oh Krista! So much at once, when culture shock is already enough. *hugs*

  • refashionista says:

    OMG — trial by fire!

  • Deb says:

    Wowsers! Sounds like plan b, c and d! Soon all of this will become second nature. Now I know why that treasured bottle of wine was opened :) I hope next week is much better! xo

  • Brie says:

    Wow. The stuff people don’t tell you to do when you move to India. Whew.

  • Laura says:

    Wow, that sounds so challenging. Why can you not eat fresh fruit/veg? Do you have to cook everything? That sounds extra tough. Love reading about your experiences…what an exciting adventure! :)

    • Lilbunnyrabbitz says:

      We can’t eat raw anything for a couple of months, til our digestive systems adjust. We’ll get sick otherwise – would be same for an Indian coming to Canada. WE cook everything. I can’t wait to eat raw stuff again!

  • Lara says:

    Oh boy oh boy! Lots of trials for sure – but it sounds like you’ve figured out what to do, and you’ll keep figuring it out!
    Moving to a new country is a huge deal, culture shock is… SHOCKING. But you learn and you grow and you have AWESOME stories when you come home. How I wish I had known about blogging when I was living in Korea.

    • Lilbunnyrabbitz says:

      We keep re-figuring it out too. Ya, I expected massive culture shock, but it is still… WHOA.

      We’ll have to get together and swap storied when I get back!

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