Non Resident Alien

This is a chronicle of my tragi-comic life as a foreigner in the United States. My official status when I started school in 2004, was that of a Non-Resident-Alien and that's where the title of the blog is from. My status has changed to Resident Alien since then. My personal experiences are a unique roller coaster mundane everyday experiences for locals, but unique from the eyes of a foreigner. I started this blog to share some of my experiences beginning my third year living in this country.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Battlestar Galactica

My favourite TV show is back on air again in a couple of weeks!! For those of you who have not seen the show follow this link for an eight minute snapshot of the last three seasons!! This will be the last season of the show and I cannot wait to see how it ends.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Blast from the Past!!

It was truly a wonderful day down memory lane. I met with my old school buddies, one of who I haven't seen in about fifteen years. He is now married and he and his wife graciously hosted me and our other buddy!! It was a wonderful reunion. We went to Great Falls, a 30 minute drive, and had a great time reminiscing those days. We also caught up with other school buddies scattered across the country and conference called them so we could all talk. Some of them I haven't heard from since leaving high school and it was fun catching up after all these years. Hope to have a more reunions soon.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spontaneity in San Antonio

This past weekend I was at San Antonio TX at a conference presenting a paper and also making contacts and connections which is part and parcel of an academic’s life. I arrived at San Antonio on a windy chilly evening and a nice gentleman at the conference offered to go with me to dinner. We walked around the River Walk area and settled at Joe’s crab. I had the most wonderful time debating the meaning of justice. Has set me thinking a lot about issues I have not given much thought to. Just as we were getting ready to leave, the whole place turned into a giant dance floor when a troop of young children walked in. They turned on the disco lights and the kids just lined up and started dancing to Y.M.C.A. It was hilarious. It was totally spontaneous and a wonderful sight to see these little kids dancing to this classic song.

My second evening in the city was marked by spontaneous events as well. After being abandoned by the GMU gang, I went off by myself to the River Walk and found out that there was a ‘cruise’ (see photo!! I did not take this picture). It was just a small boat that would take people around the River Walk area for a small fee. Of course I had to try it and had a fun time as the very funny boat driver kept us engaged in the historical events of the city. The city holds two Guinness records according to our guide, and I will let you find out what they are cause I do not remember them. On the whole the evening was quite enjoyable.

Saturday evening was even more spontaneous. I had planned to go out with my roommate Cecilia and ended up going out to dinner with 8 more people, three of who were Professors and the rest complete strangers to me. It was a fun evening with Texas Style Mexican food and after dinner the Professors left and let us young ‘uns hang out. We all went to a place called Rainforest Café and hung out there for a bit, after which William and I decided to call it a night and the rest of the group partied on till 2am.

Sunday morning, after the session, me and my new friends met up and went to the Alamo which is a historic area in San Antonio.

This is where the Texans fought the Mexicans and became an independent nation before they joined the union. The Alamo itself in my opinion is not very impressive. It could also be because I hate crowds and we went on a Sunday morning and my mind could not really get past the crowds to pay attention to details in the area. It’s a small structure, but like everything American, it needs to be celebrated and remembered for Texan and American pride and all that stuff.... To me it was fun just walking around with my new buddies and just hanging out after 3 days of frenetic conference sessions. We then hung out some more had lunch and walked around the River Walk and just chilled until it was time for me to leave.

It has been an extremely fruitful trip. I met a lot of good people both from the States and abroad and hopefully I will keep these connections.