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Today evening the first movie was Altiplano, a Belgium film about the struggles of people living in Peru in a region known as Altiplano. The story is about two women and their losses. One who is living in a remote Andean village with her mother and brother, she is working as a caretaker of Virgin mother in a local church, waiting for her fiancée to return with blessed water from the mountains. The other, a Belgium War Photographer who lost her husband who worked in the Andean Village as a Cataract Surgeon as part of an NGO. Through the movie,…

Today my co-worker in our US Office with high recommendation took me to a Thai Restaurant in Kirkland called Hanuman Thai Cafe for lunch. I will be leaving to India later in the day so I was game for any (vegetarian) food. The food turned out to be good and very spicy (as I had asked). They had a Veg Combo meal consisting of Boiled Vegetables, Spring Rolls, Jasmine Rice (thank god it was not sweet) and a soup.

My friend in Los Angeles took me for dinner to Curry House restaurant in Little Tokyo. I presumed Curry House meant Indian food but it turned out to be a popular Japanese chain. I was happy I got vegetarian meal complete with Soup, Starters and a spicy curry to go with Rice. I liked the food, it was tasty and I have added this to my list of (vegetarian) cuisines I have tasted so far & liked.

Last Sunday I was in Los Angeles area and I visited a classmate of mine after nearly a decade. He works in Downtown L.A. and moved there from Pasadena (CA) for the shorter commute (bicycle) to work. I was under the impression that Downtown in L.A. was not so safe a place and very few Desi Indians lived there, especially due to lack of good school districts. But here was my friend living here and he says he is enjoying the time saved due to zero commute. He has rented an apartment in Downtown and he told me the one he…

Today on our way back from Grand Canyon to Los Angeles we (myself and my friend) went to Lake Havasu City. The reason for our stopping in the middle of Mojave desert is to see London Bridge (Lake Havasu City). Even though this was a weekend (Sunday) we saw a handful of tourists only. When I went to London in 1998, I remember the tour guide there saying the original London Bridge no more there – the physical structure has been demolished and a modern one was built a few decades back in the same place in London across River…