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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

birthday in delhi

The above ticker is wrong (I need to update it)... I'm now 27, and I've been out of school for a year so I guess I'm a not-so-new-grad-nurse as well...TIME HAS FLOWN!

I had a great time celebrating my birthday here in Delhi. Turns out one of the ladies in the new group who came in last week shares the same birthday! It was fun to share in the festivities with a new friend. We a tasty dinner with friends and volunteers. One of the cooks asked me what my favorite food was, so he made me paneer kathi rolls for my birthday dinner. How sweet! I will so miss the food when I go home. The rad guys and gals here gave me lovely gifts/flowers/cake. Couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate gettin' older!

I only have a couple of days left here, before I go on to Manchester for a couple of weeks, and then back to the US. I have alot of things to wrap up here, so I will likely not be posting much except on the CCS group board. I've made the decision to leave this blog up after my departure to share it with future vollies. Feel free to share it with others, too! It's been lovely sharing this trip with all of you. Namaste, Happy Holidays, and wishing you all health, happiness and success in the New Year!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

sorry moms...

but I had to get some ink in India. But I will spare you the details and just post the photos of what I actually GOT on Flickr.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Just got home from Jaipur/Agra... my first trip away from Delhi!

I finally took a weekend off to travel and it was lovely. A great opportunity to see some forts, temples, Jantar Mantar (home of the largest sundial in the WORLD) and of course the Taj Mahal.

Our hotel, the Jaipur Inn, was lovely (but not in walking distance to anything. thankfully we got a cab driver for the weekend). The manager is very attentive. He arranges daily runs up to the Tiger Fort, and arranges current guests give talks to one another about their travels. The courtyard is peaceful, and the beer is cheap.

Some of our group rode camels. After seeing that one of them had a bum leg I felt a bit too guilty to partake... so I took some portraits instead.
We stayed in Jaipur for two nights and hit up the Taj on the way home. I don't really need to say much about that. The photo says it all for me.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

A few fellow vollies and I went out shopping with the staff and cooked up a feast (and it was a smashing success, if I do say so).

The menu included Turkey (in a toaster oven, of all things... not one of our flats has an oven), stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, mushroom gravy for the vegetarians in the group, green bean casserole, mac-n-cheese, corn, and sweet potato casserole (complete with marshmallows, brown sugar and lots of BUTTER).

My beautful veggie plate. Please note the lovely slice of cranberry sauce. Of course I can't claim credit for it because, after all, proper cranberry sauce can only come from a can.

Gobble Gobble!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hello friends.

After a teensy bout of Delhi Belly I’m back to 100%!

This morning I got up extra early to go to yoga class with a couple of volunteers and WOAH have I grown stiff! To my credit, the beds are stiff as well, and I’ve been so busy working that tending to my own fitness has not been a priority. But to tell truth: When I departed from Baltimore I left my mat (thinking, wrongly, that I might be able to easily find one here in Delhi), and sort of left my commitment to daily stretching behind as well. I haven’t totally abandoned myself though. The air here is really yucky and I tend to find myself more sluggish and congested than usual, so I have, however, found it really helpful to keep up with the breathing/mediation of my Kundalini practice… at least I had that part down today. I’m hoping I’ll be more awake and flexible for Friday’s class, if not more focused and less giggly. I know that taking better care of myself means that I am a better care giver, so if anything I can muster up the strength to get out of bed at 6 three days a week to be better at my job.

Work was a lot of fun today. We are working on a special art project that we hope to have finished by Friday. I won’t spoil it by divulging everything now… but I promise photos are soon to come. Work also included a couple of funny miscommunications today: but then again, that’s almost every day. Today though, was something a bit different.

If you know me, you know that it’s fairly obvious that I have tattoos (all but one are visible when I’m in traditional dress) and large earlobes. This has actually been more of a bonding point between myself and some of the residents, rather than a barrier. Many of the women also have black tribal tattoos on their arms, legs, chests and faces and ears gauged many times larger than even mine. Several mornings while ringing the wash I’ve gone back and forth with a couple of ladies in particular, pointing and showing our ears and inked skin. 

Today though, I changed out my normal black or wooden earrings for something more colorful… and man, were my yellow earrings were the talk of the ashram. A couple of residents came up to me giggling, tugging on them and checking them out, but as I don’t know much Hindi outside of “hello”(namaste) and “thank you” (danyavad). I didn’t know what they were saying about me! Usually I can get the gist of what folks here are saying to me through pointing and body language, but I couldn’t figure out what “(snake, whatever they said)” was until the Sisters caught sight of me....

 “Oh, so this is what they are all talking about, it does like you have snakes coming out of your ears. We have a lot of snakes here this color”.


Monday, November 15, 2010

So much celebrating…

Saturday myself and another volunteer went to MTDD to partake in a celebration honoring Sister Stanis, aka Sister Superior. I won’t bore you with words, but I did take a lot of photos. Here's a little sample, there are more on Flickr. Enjoy!!!