Someone has very well said, Happiness does not have just one address, and it’s time for us to find happiness in a different country – the USA. My husband just got a new assignment in Houston, TX and we eventually moved here last month. His work is related to oil and gas domain and Houston, TX is known as Oil Capital of the World. My daughter was only 11 months old when we came here and I was little worried that how I am going to settle in an entirely new country. I was in my comfort zone in India and was getting a lot of help from my family after having my daughter. I knew that this would not be easy for me. But on the other hand, I was excited about the opportunity to experience a new place.
I read a lot about Houston before coming here and was getting mixed reviews. While some people find this place perfect for them, others are struggling to adjust. Fortunately, we already know a few people over here and they are helping us to settle in all the ways possible. This is the first time I am in the United States and I am absolutely overwhelmed by this country – wide roads, long highways, a lot of cars with smooth traffic, cleanliness, beautiful residential and play areas for kids, and the list goes on.
We stayed in a hotel for the two weeks after our arrival and I had my first shopping experience at Walmart. I was amazed to see the well-managed aisles and relatively small lines on billing counter. Being an Indian we are used to standing in long shopping lines and waiting for our turn. As my husband visited Houston many times before, so there was no surprise for him and he told me these kinds of things many times but still, it was great to experience it on my own.
We moved to a community in Cypress near Houston. One of our friends who is already living in this community booked the apartment for us while we were in India. There are lots of Indian families living in this community because of which I am not feeling absolutely lost. My kitchen is already stocked with Indian spices and ingredients essential for Indian cooking. It will not be wrong to say that we successfully created an Indian atmosphere inside our house.
There is also a public library within walking distance of our community and a beautiful park within a mile. So there are a plenty of things to do for passing time. As of now, I am feeling optimistic and looking forward to explore quite a few places in the coming months.
I think there’s no time frame for feeling settled in any new place – it actually depends on your attitude. If you are ready to embrace changes then you can definitely survive and enjoy. And as far as we are concerned, we are all set to explore this new place. Let’s see what else Houston has in store for us.