Today is the official last day of the UF in India program for the summer of 2017. And boy has it sure been a ride. Let's rewind for a moment. During these 36 days, we've experienced: -18 NGO visits -3 visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites -7 modes of transportation including trains, planes, buses, rickshaws, … Continue reading Ain’t no lie baby, bye bye bye.
Without food, life would be unsustainable. For me personally, I can only really last three hours without having some sort of snack. So obviously, food is a huge portion of my day to day life. It's become an even bigger facet of mine since I've been in India. Having come from an English family, our … Continue reading No Beef For Sale Here.
One of our assignments here in India is to keep a cultural journal. Each week, we are required to write two entries, outlining something we’ve seen or experienced in Indian culture. There are no rules or regulations about what we write, only that we write a minimum of three pages. As you can imagine, this … Continue reading Cultural Observations
As I left you last week, our group was about to embark to Agra to see one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Although there have been a myriad of events since that day, I thought you may enjoy hearing a rundown of our visit, and what to know if you … Continue reading The 411 on the Taj Mahal.
Tamil Lesson #2: Nandri --> "Thank You" Cultural Lesson #2: Security lines at airports are gendered. One week down, and apparently another week down too. You know time is a funny thing here. We go so fast during the day that it feels we are rushing through our program; on the other hand, we're only … Continue reading [Don’t] Stop this Train.
We’re only a sixth of the way into our studies, and we’ve already hit the ground running. So let me catch you up: Tamil Language Lesson #1: Vanakkam → “Hello” Cultural Lesson #1: Indian Head Shake→ “Ok” “Yes” and/or general affirmation Now that we’ve established these two highly important norms, we can begin. Today is … Continue reading Vanakkam
If you told me at the beginning of college I’d study abroad not once, but twice, I probably would have assumed we were playing some weird version of poker and called your bluff. But alas, I don’t play poker and I am studying abroad twice. How did it happen you may ask? If I’m being … Continue reading Now Streaming Season Two.
I am starting to believe that Lyon can't make a clear decision in regards to the weather. Sunny and high-sixties, or rainy and mid-forties. So instead of making said decision, Lyon just deems it okay to have both one day after the other, or lately, both types of weather patterns on the same day. Now … Continue reading April showers bring…more May showers
To state the obvious, today is May 1st. But apparently it's not obvious in my mind as I sit here having recently finished a final project, stretching out the last drops of spring break, and regarding my calendar in shock. May 1st. My word. People back home are graduating, summer jobs are starting, and I'm … Continue reading That whole thing about time flying…
You have to give the French credit for the passion they put behind everything they do. It's remarkable. And this week, I actually had the chance to understand what that passion feels like, in two trademark French activities: a cheese tasting and a strike. If I'm being clear though, there have been two different strikes … Continue reading French passions: fromage et grèves