Friday, September 28, 2007
Tuesday was our first yoga class. It was canceled because we were late. :) I decided to just smell trees in the teacher's yard instead. (Noopur would like everyone to know that this tree has white leaves. They aren't flowers.) Yesterday was our first REAL yoga class. I wanted to puke in the bushes. Our instructor is very strict. After much deliberation, I went to class again today. It was a much better class. I think I'm getting a hang of this yoga thing.
The little girl pictured directly above is named Mitali. I know I shouldn't have favorites, but I think she is the cutest thing ever! She's so protective and affectionate towards the other children, it's so heartwarming to watch. The other pictures are us during playtime. We got multiple offers for Chai and biscuits (all pretend of course).
While Noopur and I are in the office working on design projects, Katie is down the street volunteering in a lab at PSI (People's Science Institute). PSI is a non-profit research and development organization. Note: The lab tech pictured here is in appropriate lab gear ;)
There is an evening program for kids with and without special needs. They can partake in different workshops such as pottery, basket weaving, drawing, painting, and soccer. Katie, Noopur and I got our first mosquito bites this evening. It was worth it though since we got to play with the children (unless we get malaria, then it's a different story :)
Tuesday was our first design meeting. It's really wonderful because all the people at Latika Roy Foundation think so highly of design and designers. They were prepared with LONG lists of projects for us to work on. We have SO MUCH to do in the short time we are here. Lots of brochures, calendars, posters, banners, signage, bookmarks, cards, photographs, catalogs, bumper stickers, cover pages, and much much more. We're really excited to work on as much as we can.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
To our surprise India has rest stops! And really nice ones at that. They had cages with lots of birdies. There were also lots of plants and beautiful flowers. Here Noopur and Kate hold hands above the pond of fishies. Lunch was delicious. Noopur's aunt packed us a freshly made huge lunch box. We sat at one of the tables to eat. 2 guards came over and told us we couldn't eat there. We all pretended that we didn't understand so they just said nevermind and left us alone. There was a HUGE sign that read, "What ever food you bring from HOME you must eat at HOME!" Hee hee hee...
The drive from Delhi to Dehradun was quite scary. Normally on a 2 lane higway, there will be at least 4 lanes of traffic. Traffic consists of cars, large trucks, buses, people walking in the street, carts being pulled by bicyclists, carts pulled by animals, cows and dogs. People drive fast and all the cars are so close to one another. We were so happy once we made it to our destination.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Last night Katie and I watched our first cricket match (on tv) while drinking Indian beer (Kingfisher) and eating fresh delicious Indian snacks. It's the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup and last night was the semi-finals. India won. So tomorrow it will be the finals, India vs. Pakistan. (minor [or major] note: some of the cricket players are pretty cute :) hee hee...)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
More views of Khandala...A vendor selling cotton candy like substances, people swimming under a waterfall, a view from the top of one of the hills, me on the edge (well not really the edge, it doesn't actually drop off, it just looks that way, DON'T WORRY MOM AND DAD!) he he he he....
Today we took a day trip to Khandala. It's about a 2 hour drive from Mumbai (with traffic) high above sea level. It's perfect to visit during monsoon season because the vegetation is so beautifully green and lush and the temperature is not too hot. The picture above is our lunch stop at one of the newest resorts high up in the hills. Noopur and Katie spent the entire flight from Paris to Mumbai watching Bollywood movies (aka Dhoom 2--Katie's obsession at the moment, and that's an understatement). The two of them are acting out their own Bollywood movie.
Every morning Noopur's aunt and uncle go for a walk along the Queen's Necklace. We decided to tag along for an early morning jaunt. Noopur's uncle made Katie and I wear hats because the sun was out (see Dad...they're looking out for us :) It was such a nice morning and very refreshing!