I’m currently in Mumbai, India. Today, I saw lots of security (police + commandos) near the area I’m staying at. I found out President Obama is visiting this Saturday. And I later realized, the hotel he will be visiting, the Taj Mahal, was the site of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. I walked past it just now, it’s all fixed up but wow, THAT was the place?! Did not realize it. The (edit : Not true) USA is spending $200 mil/day for his visit and he gets the ENTIRE hotel (570 rooms) to himself. Just last week, a suicide bomber killed himself in Taksim Square, in Istanbul. I was there many times while in Istanbul months ago. It’s probably the same feeling people who have visited the Twin Towers in NYC get.
Also, Divali (Deepavali) starts tomorrow. Good timing. I’ll go check out President Obama this Saturday too. Quite excited.
Other things of note:
1) I saw some albinos in Tanzania but at that time, didn’t think they were actually ‘albinos’…
3) I’ve said all along, Malaysian cooking is #1. The world is realizing it now (hopefully!).