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Week 2 — Rishikesh

Namaste my wonderful people! This week has been another whirlwind adventure for this gal! On Monday morning I woke up, ate breakfast, said goodbye to the sweetest host family a girl could ask for, and headed off to a Rishikesh! Rishikesh is about an hour and a half away from Dehradun, the city in which I spent week 1 for those of you just joining us. My coordinator, Mayank, and I chatted the whole way. We enjoyed some oranges from a fruit vendor and some really great conversation. Rishikesh is […]

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Week 1 — Dehradun

This week in India has been nothing short of AMAZING! Once the jet-lag cleared, the homesickness faded (slightly), and the food finally settled, I realized India is exactly where I am supposed to be right now. One thing I am already appreciating about India is that everything seems to get going a little slower. Not that people wake up any later, but they enjoy their mornings. They take their time and enjoy each other’s company. I just really love everything about it. I didn’t have to be at clinic in […]

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Kochi Hospitality

We took an overnight bus to Kochi from Bangalore, about a 10 hour drive straight through. In Kochi, we found a couple of auto drivers who offered to take us around the city for relatively cheap, so we all piled in and went to see the sights. We stopped by the Dutch palace, a Hindu temple, a Catholic basilica and a Jain temple. We saw the local community laundry center, which was empty because of a Hindu holiday. We visited a spice shop and a silk shop and a saree […]

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What India is Like

Just got back from a wedding in Mysore a couple of hours ago. It was my first time wearing a saree and it was beautiful! I can’t wait to come back into the states and give it out to everyone! I’m sorry for not updating, it’s difficult because I don’t have access to internet every day and when I do I’m at school and can’t really use my laptop/internet in class. Well school here is like school in the US, but harder to manage because to various things. I take […]

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Jurassic Park

Rather than finishing my paper that’s due tomorrow, I decided to hit up the local zoo – Bannerghatta National Park – today with a couple of classmates. We even made it there without any problem (which is super impressive of us, given it was our first time taking the city bus alone). Paying for admission, a park employee mentioned something about foreigners having to pay 400 rupees rather than 260. We thought he was trying to scam us, but apparently it’s true. I’m not sure I understand it, but 400 […]

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How to Make Bisi Bele Bath

Bisi bele bath is a traditional comfort food from Karnataka, guaranteed to make you pass out on the couch in a food coma. It reminds me a lot of fall, so I thought you Minnesotans would like to try it out as the leaves start changing! PREP Soak your rice and peanuts for about 20 minutes before adding salt and cooking. Set aside. Soak tamarind pods in water for about 30 minutes, then squeeze out the pulp and set aside. Cook some tuvar dal – I looked up how to […]

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How to Make Chapati

Chapati is a wheat-based unleavened bread, similar to naan, that many South Indians eat with various meals. And they’re super easy to make! Just add a pinch of salt to some wheat flour, and then slowly incorporate water and knead until it reaches a slightly firm, and not sticky, dough. Add a spoonful of vegetable oil and knead again. The more you knead the dough, the better your chapatis will turn out! Let the dough sit for 15-30 minutes, then roll out into thin pancakes. Just fry them up in […]

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How to Make Kosambari

Kosambari is a delicious cold salad eaten with traditional South Indian meals, made from lentils, coconut, cucumber, and carrots. First you need to soak your lentils in just a little bit of water. Any kind of lentils work, I think, but we used South Indian dal. You don’t need as much water as you think, since the lentils will absorb the water from the cucumber as well. Then, you need to crack open a coconut. The trick, I’ve learned, is getting the coconut skin wet before you try to break […]

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Don’t Believe Everything You Think

We visited the old City Market today and I saw a shirt there that read “DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK.” Though just a simple slogan on a tee shirt, that line hit me as an important reminder when travelling, especially somewhere so far outside of what you are familiar with. As travelers, we inevitably enter new places loaded with preexisting stereotypes, expectations, and paradigms influencing how we view everything around us. But these views can be detrimental in coming to understand a place in its own right –as its people […]

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City Girl?

I thought I was a city girl all my life, but going to the Nandi Hills and seeing the temple, I realized what I’ve been missing out. It was a beautiful place; I felt calm, peaceful, enlighten and many other wonderful feelings. I can’t explain in words how beautiful this place was, I could live here forever! It was in contrast with the rest of Bangalore. Bangalore is a city of about 4.1 million people, but once you get of there into the rural area and villages, the roads are […]

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Wedding Bells

The first weekend here, my roommate Milad and I were lucky enough to be invited to a wedding! Our host mom’s cousin was getting married, so on Friday night, we crashed what can be equated to his bachelor party. I use the term bachelor party loosely – it was mostly a family gathering, and other than the alcohol, it more closely resembled a bridal shower. The groom’s sister created a series of tasks for him to complete, everything from singing a romantic Hindi song to remembering a grocery list to […]

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Oh the Bureaucracy

Over the past few days, we’ve definitely gotten to experience the finer bits of the Indian government. I can’t quite figure it all out. Some places, like the Bangalore Airport, are shockingly nonchalant about important safety precautions, waving me through their metal detectors without checking anything, even after I set the alarms off. Other places, though, are infinitely picky about their rules, even if they never actually articulate their expectations. The best example of this is the FRRO office. Basically, every foreigner planning to stay longer than 30 days (or […]

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The First Few Days

Nasmaskara! Just being in India for maybe almost 2 days has been great! Had really great experiences with food. The first morning, we went down for breakfast service. We had dosa for breakfast, which is equivalent to pancakes, but it’s made out of rice. Accompanying that we also had this spicy soup along with coffee or tea. The COFFEE and TEA is really good here!! For our Welcome Ceremony, we all lit a candle and introduced ourselves, afterwards we would put the lit candles into the bowl. Everyone is very […]

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Hello, Bangalore!

Well, after 36+ hours without sleep, 20+ hours on the plane, and chasing the sun through a sunset over New York, a sunrise over the ocean, and another sunset over the Middle East, we finally made it to Bangalore around 3am local time last night. Watching the lights of the city get closer from the plane, I think it finally sank in on all of us that we are actually doing this thing, after months and months of planning. And after all of that nervousness we’d been harboring, I think […]

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Procrastination, Meet Voluntourism

Wow. I really am an absolutely terrible blogger. So much has happened since my last post and you guys don’t know any of it! I almost finished this post as a procrastination measure while I was writing my final papers for class but even that I could not finish. It’s a shame. At any rate, I’m finished with school now! I finished right at the beginning of May and I have been traveling since May 2nd. I want to talk more about that and my travels but first, I want […]

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