I arrived in Chennai on the night of 2 May, traveling via Los Angeles, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur. The layover in Kuala Lumpur was actually long enough that they gave me a hotel room for the afternoon. Having boarded the plane in Salt Lake already moderately sleep-deprived, it was wonderful to crash in a bed for a few hours. It was also fun to see a little bit of Malaysia during the fifteen-minute taxi ride. To me it appeared to be a green and beautiful country, one in which I wouldn’t mind spending a little more time in the future.
After arriving in Chennai I spent a couple of days acclimating to India. The rest of the group, five women, came in a couple of days later. Since our female students are encouraged to dress like Indian women, we spent their first day shopping (the men also dress according to Indian norms, but in their case the clothing doesn’t differ so much from what we wear in the United States). Yesterday we attended church with the Chennai 2nd Branch—my first time to visit that particular congregation. As would be expected, the members were very friendly, their Spirit familiar, and the meetings well worth the trip. Otherwise we’ve mostly been sleeping, eating, and waiting for our train out of town. Chennai can be a very hot and humid place this time of year, and I’m excited, as usual, to get on to the village.