House Hunting Hyderabad

House hunting in India is an exhausting mix of sightseeing, assessment, and ultimately, decision-making.  Some organizations provide guidance in the form of a handler to ensure the would-be expat doesn’t cause an international incident, while other people will arrive with nothing more than an outdated map and best wishes.  Both use-cases provide an opportunity to share some hopefully beneficial information.

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The 2017 Hyderabad Marathon

The 2017 Hyderabad half-marathon is two days away and guess who’s running.  That’s right!  I am throwing my hat, legs, and will power into plodding the 21 kilometers from Hussain Sagar Lake to the Gachibowli Stadium—13.1 miles of treacherous, urban Indian roadway in the middle of monsoon, the steamiest, wettest, smelliest time of year.  This seems like less of a good idea with each passing day.

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Ant Wars India: Conclusion

The ant wars are over. It’s been over a week since we saw our last ant. It is impossible to describe just how pleasant it is to be able to leave dishes in our sink again for our maid to wash. We’ve been spoiled over the last 18 months and doing dishes was a serious downer. But here we are a week later, a sink full of dishes, and not a single ant in sight. What happened?

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Ant Wars India

I am engaged in an ant war, but it didn’t start out that way.  Initially it was a gentle attempt to remind Mother Nature’s other creatures of the opportunities outside of our home.  Despite fastidious cleanliness and a commitment to absolute aridity, our little ant guests refused to vacate.  They were determined to remain in the relative comfort of our Indian villa.  It would take more than a little extra elbow grease and a few paper towels to convince them to move out.

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