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[Comments] (5) this is only a test: I've heard, either directly or through the grapevine, that people say things like "I would come and visit you anywhere except India. I don't want to go to India."

Well let's test this theory, shall we? If I were in Siberia, would you come visit me? How about Pakistan? The Middle East? China (not civilized China like Hong Kong, mind you)? Ghana? Cuba? Croatia? Would you honestly come visit me in these places?

Let's further test this theory. EY is starting another Global Talent Hub in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They are giving priority for coaching opportunities to those who have extensive knowledge and first hand experience with our Indian Global Talent Hub. Namely, me, among other people. I've shown some interest but am ultimately still deciding on this.

Part of me thinks it's a great opportunity. Part of me thinks BA would be eaiser than India. But part of me becomes weary at yet another stint in a 3rd world country.

It would be easier because: the food would be more suitable, the time difference from home is much less, the LDS church is huge there, including a temple, making for a more friendly environment for me, the new office will be downtown instead of this horrible location we have here on the edge of town, meaning getting around without a car would be easier instead of impossible like it is here, and I've got to believe it's less dirty than India in terms of littering and viewing the country as a toilet.

Things that would make it harder include switching seasons on myself, it gets much colder in BA, the English population is probably much less than in India, and I would think the expat community is less established, though I have no true understanding of this last point.

So. BA, Argentina. Anyone willing to come visit there? Or when you meant anywhere but India, did you have images of the Eiffel Tower, the Sistine Chapel, and/or Big Ben in your mind? If so, it's ok. I understand. Don't cry for me.


Posted by Sumana at Sun Jul 10 2011 07:44

I know one other person who lives in Buenos Aires and from what she says it seems pretty first-world; it's surprising to me that you'd talk about Argentina as "another 3rd world country". Work travel is taking priority over leisure travel for me these days, but if you were in Buenos Aires I'd be inclined to visit.

Posted by John at Sun Jul 10 2011 10:09

Sumana: I don't know the full criteria for the determination of countries, but I do remember reading somewhere when I was investigating my impending mission to Hong Kong that it had to be classified as 2nd world because you can't drink the water in Hong Kong. I've been similarly informed you can't drink the water in BA. Does that automatically make it second world? I'm not sure. I guess I could wikipedia it, but since you work for them....=)

I have actually heard that BA is a "step up" in that regard to India; that is, that the standard of living is improved. But I also read signs in the Malaysia airport and the Bangalore airport that there is increased security precautions for people coming from Africa and South America in terms of managing disease control.

I also read BA has a subway system, which would be a nice change from the chauffer/rickshaw system!

I guess the real issue right now is I miss home. But chances are, once I go home, I'll get stir crazy and want to venture forth into the world again.

Posted by John at Sun Jul 10 2011 10:14

Sumana: Your friend's blog is a nice read. From her July 6, 2009 entry: " Unfortunately, this is a third world country and the government is scrambling and behind the ball and people are hording tamiflu and there is only one lab to test for the flu and it takes 15 days which is too long to get a good result. If you need tamiflu you need it quicker than the 15 days it takes to confirm. Ahhh, Argentina, I love you, I just hope you don't kill me."

My experience in India is, when I am sick or scared, the third world-ness seems heightened, and that may be the case in this post.

Posted by Sumana at Wed Jul 13 2011 05:59

She mentions that "third world country" phrase once there -- I knew you'd zero in on that! -- but she sure doesn't dwell on it in most of her blog, so it seems like her experience is pretty second- or first-world. Feel free to contact her and find out more about her current experience.

There you go.

Posted by Jamie at Sat Jul 16 2011 18:07

ooops, I posted my comment to this thread on the 'table for four' post....sorry!

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