Sunday, July 15, 2012

Homeward Bound

Thanks for the great memories India! So great to be on this amazing journey and meet such wonderful people.

"A mind stretched by a new experience can never return to its previous dimensions." -quote from our program debrief

Taj Mahal

Absolutely Stunning...

Top ten things you wouldn't see on the highway back home

1. Camel moving with the flow of traffic
2. Man carrying oxcart
3. Man with monkey on his back
4. Man urinating
5. Man getting haircut and shave
6. Whole family on one motorcycle
7. Marigold wreaths being carried on shoulders during pilgrimage.
8. Driving on opposite side of road
9. Tuck tuck rickshaws packed with people
10. Mango Carts

Poverty Knocking


The desperate knocking on the window echoed through the car. A little girl holding a doll, then a little boy holding a littler boy over his shoulder, a mother and her baby- so many knocks, so many who need help. To give means contributing to the system that enables and even exploits this pain. To not give means to deny their humanity. To look towards, to look away, there's always a choice.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Taj Bound

Headed to Agra to see the Taj Mahal tomorrow. Goodbye Delhi, thanks for everything!

Mango on Request

Though they had five other freshly squeezed juices at the magnificent hotel breakfast (including strawberry and watermelon), the staff knew I loved mango, and made fresh juice and slices- just for me. I will miss you Grand Hyatt!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A City of Contrasts

Reality/perception
Rich/poor
Inclusivity/exclusivity
Tradition/modernity
Old/new
Shoes/barefeet
Competitive one upping/win-win
Individual/communalism
Driven/driver
Rules/anarchy
Pretense/humility