On the road again...

Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
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Trip End Dec 14, 2009


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

... I just can't wait to get on the road again!

Welcome to my blog!

For those of you I haven't spoken to in awhile, a quick update: I am entering into the fifth year of my undergraduate career, the first two of which were spent at Bellevue Community College via Running Start. This will be my third year as a student at the University of Washington, where I'm double majoring in Sociology and Women Studies with hopes of eventually pursuing a masters in Public Health.

Last winter, I found myself in a class about women and international economic development with my good friend/fellow women studies major/at-the-time-roommate Haylee. The teacher, Priti Ramamurthy, mentioned in passing an upcoming study abroad program that would be examining, in-depth, many of the issues we were already studying in class, and my interest was sparked. That evening, I went home and looked the program up online. Sure enough, I saw that I would be studying in a gorgeous, hilly area of India with lots of hikes and treks and would be focusing on women's health which is totally my passion.

Still, it was a huge commitment, and one I was not sure I was ready to make. Afterall, I've never been away from home for more than 4 weeks, and this program would be AT LEAST 10. I don't speak Hindi, I'm afraid of being driven by others, and I get stressed easily.

That night, with all the thoughts of why this was probably a bad idea tumbling around in my head, I bounded down two flights of stairs into the basement and knocked on Haylee's door.

"Hey!" I said, showing her a pamphlet for the program. "Let's do this!"

"Okay!" She responded.

Next thing I know, here I am, making hostel reservations and looking at train schedules. That's the thing about college students - when one of them comes up with a crazy, spontaneous, possibly bad idea, the others only encourage it. It's that whole thirst-for-adventure thing, I guess, combined with a healthy dose of I-can-do-it female empowerment and a good dash of Seattleite unconventionality. Mix well and you've got yourself a trip to India!

This is our itinerary (subject to change without notice, I'm sure):

September 10th: Fly to Amsterdam.
September 11th: Arrive in Amsterdam
September 12th: Amsterdam
September 13th: Amsterdam
September 14th: Amsterdam; leave in evening to take overnight (11 hour!) bus ride to London
September 15th: Arrive in London very early in the morning, fly to Delhi in the evening
September 16th: Arrive in Delhi in the morning, and fly immediately to Goa. Arrive in Goa in the afternoon.
September 17th: Goa
September 18th: Goa
September 19th: Goa
September 20th: Fly out of Goa, arrive in Delhi. Immediately take overnight train to Varanasi.
September 21st: Get to Varanasi early in the morning
Septebmer 22nd: Varanasi
September 23rd: Leave Varanasi late at night; take overnight train to Agra
September 24th: Get to Agra very early in the morning. Take evening train to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi
September 25th: Program begins with a week in Delhi before we head up to the hills!

Anyway, this was really just an introductory post. I'll try to update as often as I can without making my posts too inane or redundant, and I'll try to post pictures whenever my internet connection will allow it.

I hope everyone is having a good summer!

"Goin' places that I've never been

Seein' things that I may never see again,

And I can't wait to get on the road again!"




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mharkins
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Long lost friend
I'm so happy that you included me on this, I think what you are doing is awesome! Good luck in your adventure and I'll be following you along the way.

Harkins

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