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Monday
Jun112012

Jurassic Park University

First day of work. The rickshaw ride from my apartment to the university took about 25 minutes. I told the driver to let me off at the main entrance, indicated by two hinged iron gates and a security shack with a guard outside with his back turned, hunched over a table scribbling into a notebook. The road into the institute campus was lined by a cascade of intense vegetation—towering trees with twisting trunks, red-orange flowers dotting the canopy a hundred feet in the air, undergrowth thick with ferns and grasses tan and green, clusters of bamboo stalks and palm leaves sprayed from jagged stems. This place is a jungle. The gate might as well have been a massive wooden arch with the inscribing: JURASSIC PARK.

I felt it equally likely I might at any instant be swung into the air by a swooping Indian Tarzan as attacked from behind by a pack of velociraptors.

Thankfully, I was neither swooped up by a jungle man or preyed upon by man-eating dinosaurs. I was, however, overcome with an intense craving for a black grande Starbucks coffee. But that craving would only be met after I stopped to check in at the "International Relations Cell", which turns out to be an office in this building (not a trap door leading to a basement jail cell for foreigners, as I suspected):

After picking up some registration forms I headed to my building, the Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, or CAOS (an unbelievably fitting name for an office building in this country, I might add). 

 

...where I was given my very first ever office room!

WOO! It still feels like I'm in the jungle, but at least there's twelve cent coffee downstairs. Try finding THAT at a Starbucks.  

Reader Comments (3)

Yay Garret! Can't wait to read more adventures.

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

And so the journey begins...

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVirgi

Awesome, Garret. Keep posting, we'll all be reading. and living the adventure vicariously through you. looking forward to hear the next installment!

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

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