Friday, September 11, 2009
I can't believe we are down to one week in Chennai! It has been amazing so far- every day is full of new things, and nothing is ever quite as we expect! Some highlights: seeing the city from high up on Mt. St. Thomas, being welcomed in dance by schoolchildren at a slum, getting henna from students at the technical institute connected to ICSA, learning about spirulina and biofuel at OfERR organic farm, learning how to REALLY wear a saree and getting dressed up for church, and working our way to the water at the incredibly crowded Marina Beach. Many of us get up before the sun to go for a run on an nearby track, followed by a big breakfast of idly, sambar, and eggs. We either have field trips or classes all morning, and after lunch go to another session. Some of us have experienced some pretty bad stomach issues, but the group is working its way back to health. Irene, Raj, and the desk workers at ICSA take good care of us, and are always there to offer remedies. It has been an exciting couple of weeks traveling around in our touring vans, experiences the different aspects of the urban Indian life. We are excited to head to our rural orientation and get a taste of yet another India.