I landed in the US for the first time on August 4, 2010 and the first thing I remember seeing outside the JFK airport in New York were sparrows hopping around on the ground. Since this was a site that I was very used to in India, it somehow made me feel happy and I felt that life here would be as enjoyable as it was back there; and I was not mistaken. I reached Blacksburg in the evening and one of my seniors from my undergraduate college took me to his place for the night. I met my roommates the next day and moved into our apartments (which we had booked earlier), the day after.
We learnt so much in those first few days. None of us knew how to cook properly. Each time we went to buy grocery, we converted dollars to rupees (currency of India) and concluded nothing was worth buying (too expensive). I remember spending the first few nights on ramen brought from India. The attitude of the people was even more astonishing. Total strangers would greet you on the streets; cars would wait for you to cross the road, all-in-all, it was a totally different experience. Even the weather felt so appealing. There was bright sunshine, with a pleasant breeze and no sweat, a trio that people who have lived in the tropics can only dream of.
I bought a laptop in the third week of August and once we got internet at our home, we knew we were in for the time of our lives. Classes began soon after that and it was then that we realized more than ever before, how convenient a fast internet connection can be when it comes to knowledge transfer. I got so immersed in learning cooking, solving assignments, and going out to parties with my lab-mates that I never realized when I began to think of this place as my home.