Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Parents in India

My parents came to visit me and we not only ventured around Hyderabad but also down to the southern state of Kerala and up to the fabulous city of Delhi. The Study in India Program also had a farewell event as classes came to a close and finals are beginning. It is hard to believe that my Indian adventure is coming to an end because it really feels like it has just begun. The last weekend in October I flew down to Cochin, Kerala to meet my parents who had flown in from San Francisco. We spent the day at the […]

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Monday, October 17th, 2011

Goin’ Coast to Coast

The past two weekends have been pretty crazy with lots of travel. Last weekend I ventured to Anjuna and Arambol, Goa also known as Paradise.  For all of you who don’t feel like getting a map of India out Goa is on the west coast.  My friends and I spent the long weekend basking in the Indian sun and swimming in the Arabian Sea. It was an absolutely perfect weekend not to mention the fabulous tan I am now sporting! I not only enjoyed the sun, sand and sea in Goa but also got to enjoy delicious fresh seafood. While […]

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Jaipur and Agra: A Weekend of Wonders

When I first applied to the study aboard program in India, I prepared myself for the overwhelming crowds and smells.  I also realized I would have the wonderful opportunity to see the Taj Mahal. This was one of the main things on my list of trips while in India and it was definitely worth it. Simply being in the presence of such an amazing monument and realizing it was built almost 400 years ago is absolutely mind blowing. The adventure to the Taj Mahal started in Jaipur, which is another unbelievable city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is […]

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Ganesh Chaturthi…The Ride of My Life

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrating Ganesh, the elephant headed god and usually takes place at the beginning of September. To his devotees, Ganesh is believed to be the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and is traditionally called upon at the beginning of any new venture or the start of travel. The celebration lasts for ten days, but the preparations for it begin long in advance. Artists create massive statues of the elephant god to be placed in specially created structures, mandapas (pandals) that are built in every neighborhood. The pandals are built by a variety of people, […]

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A Place Called Bidar

For my first unsupervised adventure outside of Hyderabad, a few of my friends and I took a recommendation from our Hindi teacher and traveled to a city called Bidar. Bidar is a small city in Northern Karnataka, the same state as Hampi but has a much different feel. Like Hampi there were lots of ruins in the area, the largest of them being the Bidar Fort, but you could tell immediately that this city was much less of a tourist destination. This allowed us to get a really good feel for the people who lived there and also made the […]

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011

In a Karnatic State of Mind

Last weekend was our first adventure outside of Hyderabad. The trip was organized by my program, CIEE, which made traveling a lot less stressful. Unfortunately I almost didn’t make it on this adventure to Hampi and Badami because of a bout with food poisoning but I rallied just in time. We took an overnight train to Hampi, which took about 8 hours and sleeping on the train was quite interesting. They have bunk beds but instead of being stalked on top of each other, they are individually suspended from either the wall or the ceiling depending on if it is […]

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Monday, August 8th, 2011

Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

August 5th- I don’t have class on Friday so I get to enjoy a three day weekend every week and since I wasn’t traveling this weekend, I decided to research some nature areas to  see wildlife and get some exercise. I found an area that sounded pretty interesting that was about 25 km outside the city of Hyderabad. Gabby and I asked our house manager’s assistant  how we should go about getting there. Unfortunately she didn’t  understand where we wanted to go so her directions took us to a Hindu temple. We were in an area we had been in […]

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Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Shopping, Rock Climbing and a Confused Rickshaw Driver

This weekend was very successful filled with both shopping and adventures. On Saturday the 30th we went to the craft market again to practice our bargaining skills. The Indians really enjoy overcharging Americans because they think we are all made of money and when we tried to explain this to one of the salesmen he just laughed and shook his head at us. I ended up with a few gifts for my family as well as a quilt decorated with elephants for my bed. On the way back to campus we had a hard time getting a rickshaw driver to […]

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Saturday, July 30th, 2011

The Desire Society

After feeling a little overwhelmed last week with trying to figure out my classes, I started to settle into my schedule this week. With the help of the librarians, I conquered the library by finding my book for a project, even though the call number on the spine was different than the call number on the inside of the book! I also started Hindi, which is such a challenge because it is definitely not a language I have been exposed to before. The highlight of my week was Friday when we went to this NGO for orphans with HIV/AIDS called […]

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Monday, July 25th, 2011

Khojo Hyderabad

Yesterday was Khojo Hyderabad, which was a scavenger hunt through Hyderabad. We woke up extra early to be able to fit all the adventures into one day. We were split up into teams and were given 600 rupees to use for our transportation. As a rule we could only take auto rickshaws so we had to bargain with the driver to try to save as much money as possible. Our first stop on the search was the Safrani School, which was started by Suraiya Hasan to revive traditional Indian weaving techniques and create a home for young widows and their […]

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