Trip Start Jan 15, 2008
14Trip End Oct 06, 2008
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But is great, I love being barefoot all the time and the weather right now is beautiful. Cool in the evenings, around 65 F during the day with not a cloud in sight. Just my cup of tea......and speaking of tea, I don't think I will ever get tired of chai... at least 4 times a day. Basically any opportunity to have tea, the Indians take it. The day is almost structured around it; breakfast (tea), wait around to begin talking about what the day's work will be, discuss the plan of action but 'wait lets have tea before we actually start doing anything', and then before you know it it's lunchtime. (Food is delicious btw, all vegetarian- and surprisingly not that hot. Love getting home plated dinner deliveries from the neighbors....so generous!) Ohhhh extended time....and I mean extended! Expect everything to happen at least an hour and a half after the fact!
I arrived in Mumbai (on the morning of the 17th...although I really had no sense of time or space at this point) to the stuffy heat and smog. Got a tiny glimpse of the bustling city but was too weary and perhaps ambivalent about the whole experience that I was about to embark on to take in all that much. Seemed chaotic enough though, and a healthy mix of old world meets bustling metropolis. Of course my flight to Bhuj (my smaller town in the country) was delayed- but only by an hour. Most of the passengers were amazed at my choice of destination....not the most frequented of places for foreigners! The first few days here were a bit of a blurr...still jet-lagged, confused, freaked out and trying to process everything that was thrown at me. My roommate is lovely and I have met a number of the people that I am going to be working with...some language barriers but all in all it seems to be a very warm and caring group.
So, onwards with patience, flexibility, and no expectations.....(hopefully!)