Andorra, where France and Spain meet. The Principality of Andorra is located between France and Spain. This country is known for its many ski resorts and thermal baths, and can be reached from both France and Spain. Andorra la Vella. … Continue reading
This one took me a little while to catch on to, but in India (at least in Pune) most people eat their meals with their hands–specifically their right hand. You serve food with your left. Most nights this means using … Continue reading
As we near the end of the program, the familiar tug of homesickness gently nudges our attention away from India and back to the states. It reminds us what take-out pizza tastes like, what snowflakes instantly melting into water droplets … Continue reading
After our stay in Bangalore, three of us boarded a plane to Kerala where we met up with three other ACM students for a houseboat cruise. Few places in the world can boast the perfect temperature and Bangalore was definitely … Continue reading
One of those things that I didn’t think I’d find myself taking pictures of in India… Dust bins (trash cans) here are so much more creative–and at times creepy–than they are in the US. Here are a few of my … Continue reading
As we come to the end of our week-long Diwali break tonight, I thought I’d share some of the photos I took in Bangalore earlier this week. From the lights hung strung over major streets to the lanterns lit … Continue reading
More detailed posts to come, but I thought I’d just take a second to go through some of the highlights of the past few days in Bangalore. On Friday afternoon myself and two friends grabbed a cab to the airport in Pune for the beginning of our week-long Diwali break. A few hours later we touched down in Bangalore where we were met by my friend, Aara’s, wonderful mother. The past three days have been a mix of relaxation, family time to satiate our home-sickness, and the sights and sounds of firecrackers going off in the streets.
If I had to pick the top 5 moments these would be them.
1. Eating delicious home-cooked Indian food with an incredibly warm-hearted and generous family. They opened up their home to three random college girls from Pune and we will be forever grateful for their kindness.
2. Riding the Bangalore metro. It’s only 2 years old and, although it doesn’t seem like it has caught on with much of the city population, it’s one of the best public transportation systems I’ve ever seen. It reminds me of a mix between the London metro and the monorail at Disney World because it gives you a beautiful view overlooking the city from a raised railway. (It was especially beautiful to ride as the sun was setting).
3. Setting off firecrackers for Diwali. To be fair, I didn’t actually set any off myself for fear my face would burn off with the crackers, but it was a blast to watch and take pictures of the fun.
4. Walking through the Lalbagh Gardens. They were absolutely beautiful and very expansive. It’s always so nice to find a peaceful place in the heart of a busy city.
5. Just driving around the city and getting a feel for things while listening to the radio. It’s incredible how comforting it is to hear familiar American radio music after going a few months without riding in a car.
But that’s just the beginning of it, we also spent lots of time resting, reading and relaxing. I can’t wait to upload some of the pictures I took from Diwali celebrations. I’m realizing more and more the longer I’m in India that this country really knows how to celebrate life.
Happy Diwali all! Today I head off to Kerala for three days on a houseboat.
Madrid is located in the center of Spain, and is connected to other major cities by air and trains. The city is known for its many dining options and its vast culture. Explore the museums during the afternoons. Madrid can … Continue reading
Right around this time in the program, with about one month to go, it seems like it is almost guaranteed that a person will be hit with homesickness. The newness and freshness of the first month has worn off, the … Continue reading
It was something that had been on my mind for a little while. I have wanted to get a nose piercing for a few years now, but generally when I considered it in the US, it turned into a quick … Continue reading