Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 27th: 2G Mobile Internet

Today I woke up late. My usual habit of sleeping late and waking up late is creeping in. This is definitely a sign of comfort. I didn’t have time to eat anything so I tried to browse the super market … Continue reading

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November 26th: Faster Than Google

Happy Thanksgiving Family! I would have enjoyed eating dinner with ya’ll again. I haven’t seen most of my family members in over a year. This is the longest I have been out of touch-touch with them. Hope they are all … Continue reading

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November 25th: Chicken Mantra

The railway crossing gates are raised and lowered by a man operating a crank handle. He waits in a railway side shack for a walky-talky message to alert him to lower the gates. His large old body laboriously turns the … Continue reading

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Ten Days in India

My local area and the school

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How a Slum is Born

When the rich are developing a plot of land into a mall, tall building, or apartment complex they allow the workers to live on the work site. This simplifies the logistics and makes work possible at any hour of the … Continue reading

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November 24th: A Little Sunday

Today was my first Sunday in Sahakara Nagar (Saha). I had no plans what so ever. So I took a late afternoon walk around the area. I was feeling a bit blue. I am not yet capable of leaving the … Continue reading

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November 23rd: The Highway Madman

Today, I woke up to check on my soaking chickpeas. I actually don’t know if they are chickpeas. The bag said Kabuli. My eyes said chickpeas. I don’t know how to prepare chickpeas. Last night I tried to boil them. … Continue reading

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November 22nd: More Magic

This morning when I crossed within the school gate a little girl grabbed me by the arm and said,” come with me Ana”. She dragged me up three flights of stairs and toward her classroom. Before her tiny muscular arms … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 4: Beauty and the Gym

The walk to school today was fair. I came across a man in Hindewy clothing with a painted cow. I took a photo the duo. I gave the man some rupees. Its great to use the currency from Hyrule (Legend … Continue reading

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November 20th: Meeting the Students

This morning’s walk to school was less stimulating than yesterday. I negotiated that I would come to school later and avoid deadly rush hour. I arrived at school to find the remedial kids playing concentration games with the head of … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 2: First Day of Work

I’m naked, wet, and the lights are out. Sounds like the beginning of an X-rated movie, but unfortunately this was me during my first power outage. I had just come out of the shower, the shower is actually a faucet … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 1: The First Day in Bangaluru

I was picked up from the Bangaluru airport by a man who didn’t speak any English. During the nerve wrecking 40 minute drive to my apartment he and I communicated with pantomime. Thank you Amity. High five Rikyo! A theme … Continue reading

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Prostitution: Humanity vs. Economy

Bangkok is an infamous haven for the sex industry. Much like global warming, snakes, and all global conflicts this can be blamed on the USA. The US Army created the sex industry in Bangkok informally by having R&R for the … Continue reading

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Langkawi: 99 Islands and One Clear Thought

  Langkawi was an amazing time. The tropical island had wild monkeys, geckos, snakes and eagles. There were random bouts of rain and electric storms over the ocean at night. The roads had free roaming oxen and lazy monkeys sauntering … Continue reading

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Color in the Borders

Taking an overnight train from Thailand to Malaysia presented me with a unique part of travel missed when you fly; borders.  The border of Southern Thailand and Northern Malaysia had crisp contrast. The border began kilometers before the changing of … Continue reading

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Bangkok: Old & New

Bangkok is divided into two sections both geographic and social: New Bangkok & Old Bangkok. Although both were beautiful, one in its modernity and one in its antiquity, this duplicity would characterize Bangkok as a city balancing on the razor’s … Continue reading

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