A very interesting person we met in San Francisco, he happened to be our taxi driver. He is Indian but staying in the US for 22 years now. He was quick to judge and guess that we are Indians too and then he narrated his story…
He is from Jalandar, Punjab. 22 years back, he took 6 odd months (which currently takes 16 hours by flight) to reach US via the Mexican border to fulfil his American dream.
Here is the visual map of the places he was transported before he made it to the U S of A.
I leave it to the reader’s imagination on what must have been the quality of travel and sanity of his mind! But what intrigues me is that people believe and have such dreams and are willing to pay unimaginable price to achieve it.
And when he reached Mexico, the agent showed him the border and asked him to fend for himself. We could sense from his tone that he was not too happy with this deal as he was asked to pay more but was only shown the path unlike his previous travels where he was transported (convenience) from one place to another! 🙂
But, today he is happy that he is a legal resident. He has 2 sons and feels gratified that he now has the power to call anyone to US via the legal channel!
No dream is too big or small, no endeavour is trivial or magnificent… in their own right, they are all priceless.
map courtesy – geology.com
Disclaimer – This post is not for or against the Wall. This post is only to illustrate the power of dreams.
A very memorable trip! San Francisco, Yosemite, Monterey and beautiful memories enroute.
The state maintains a good mix of contrasting ideas – old and new. It lives up to the expectations and also surprises with more! Kids will be happy and so will the parents enjoy this trip. To keep it crisp, I am sharing some highlights from our travel.
Yes it was the Christmas season, but a happy kid is the not what we had expected after 16 hrs of travel. The vibrancy of the city got us from the hotel rooms to the streets.
And here we were on the streets of San Francisco enjoying the antics and affection.
Playing with bubbles around Union Square
Getting Fire Warden Sticker from the Fire Dept.
San Francisco Zoo – What a wonderful zoo! I have never seen the animals so happy and the staff so loving and caring towards the institution.
Gauhati the rhino from Assam, shares his moment of success after breaking apart his toy!
Didn’t know that Rafiki was a real monkey, till we met this family!
The little toy train is worthy of a ride!
Exploratorium – Must see and enjoy place for kids and also adults
Personally for me, I have never sensed such closeness to design ever not even in the art galleries – demystified science is design and nature’s art.