Okay so we came to India Fertility to explore low cost surrogacy and egg donation options. We’ve only been here a few days but already we’re learning quickly how things work. It seems that if you’re not very clear upfront about what you want to do, you may end up doing something entirely different. It seems the Indian mentality is just to do things how they want to do them… regardless of what you may have already planned. For instance, because we wanted to see as many clinics and meet as many doctors as possible, our schedule was very tight. No room for error, not a whole lot of room for flexibility. We thought we had made that clear to the people we were meeting. But quite often it didn’t work that way. One clinic after showing us their facility and their surrogate housing insisted on taking us to lunch. They were absolutely delightful doctors – a husband and wife team. And if we had more time, we would have jumped at the chance for a real Indian leisurely lunch. But we told them ‘no’ we had another appointment that we absolutely needed to be at by 2pm. The next thing we knew we were pulling up to a restaurant at 1pm… clearly there was no way that we were going to make a 2pm appointment somewhere else. We went for lunch (absolutely wonderful) and as I said the doctors were warm and funny and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them, but we didn’t end up getting to the next appointment until 3:30! And that’s just one example. As basic as this one instance is, we see these as cultural differences and are guessing that that probably accounts for a lot of mis-communications that happen with international IPs traveling to India for low cost egg donation or surrogacy. It’s starting to fall into place….