Goodbye & thank you.

Hello, and goodbye, from Delhi. Our time in India has come to an end: 31 days. 31 beautiful, terrible, challenging, glorious, full days. Never have I seen so much in such little time. Never have I been so devastated and so inspired in such close proximity. I hope to come back to India: to revisit…

Taj Mahal.

January 14th, 2017 Today, with some unexpected money left in our budget, we got to go to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal has built for Mumtaz Muhal, by her husband Shah Jahan, after she died giving him his 14th child. Such a gesture is seemingly unparalleled. The marble is hand carved,…

Two stories.

I think a lot about what to include, and what not to include, in my blog. I want to show the beauty in India and the people here, but I don’t want to romanticize the the problems they endure. I don’t want to add to the exotification of the East, but I don’t want to…

Ranthambore National Park.

January 13th, 2017 Safari in Ranthambore On our way back to Delhi, we stopped in Ranthambore for one night. Ranthambore is a much smaller town; the air here is cool and empty. It reminds me of the air in Iowa, and I wonder how it will feel when I step off the plane at home…

A brief visit to Jaipur.

January 11th, 2017 Jaipur & Barefoot College It is colder in Jaipur, further north in Rajasthan. The marble floors in our hotel suck the heat from my feet as I stumble to the bathroom in the morning. Layers of fleece keep me warm in the shade, but are shed when we step into the light…

Thank you, Udaipur.

January 9th, 2017 Tomorrow morning, we leave Udaipur on a train to Jaipur at 6 AM. This is a bittersweet departure. I am starting to miss my family and friends in Iowa City. And genuinely I am excited to explore the Pink City… but Udaipur has been our home for the last two weeks. Just…

Fulbright-Hays GPA Workshop.

January 8th, 2017 Today marks the conclusion of our three day Fulbright-Hays GPA Workshop in Udaipur. My thoughts: We started the workshop broadly with the ethics and tactics of development, narrowing our focus through the four sessions to end discussing chulas in Rajasthan. I don’t want to forget this feeling: alive, inspired. My notes from…

Ships of the sea & desert.

January 4th, 2017 My roomate Shanea and I woke up early this morning to join Uday for yoga. Though I will likely wake up sore tomorrow, it felt wonderful to be active- I felt energized throughout the rest of the day. After Hindi lessons and a debriefing about the village visits yesterday, we took the…

A new classroom.

Notes from a new kind of classroom: January 2nd, 2017 We visited a cook stove testing center within Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology. The engineers proudly showed us their testing center, and their museum of old designs. We got to see equipment being tested in an isolated and controlled environment within the lab….