Thanks to everyone for your words of encouragement!
Today has been a bit better. I slept for 12 hours and then we had orientation. We drank really good chai and they talked to us about Indian culture, etc. Then we went out to a delicious South Indian restaurant for lunch. I had my first masala dosa in India! There are a lot of other vegetarians within the group, which is nice, although it would be easy even if there weren’t because everything is veg in India! I saw a hot dog stand with “Veg and Non-Veg menu”. Crazy. I wanted to try the vegetarian hot dog like thing but everyone said I shouldn’t. 😉
Today for orientation we had to do this Amazing Race-like task – go to the market, find ingredients for sandwiches, come home, make the sandwiches and hand them out to people in the community. The market was great. I was surprised how little of the packaged foods are Indian, it seemed like everything was from England. Lots of Cadbury’s for me!! Elliot, I’ll be on the lookout for some true Indian candy for you – I know you need to add to your collection!
It was freezing yesterday and I slept in thermals, flannel pants and a sweatshirt and was still a bit cold! Apparently it’s supposed to warm up, and today was a little better. We sat outside in the park for a little while reading some information about our placements. I heard a rumor that mine may start at 6 am! I don’t know how I’ll manage that, I’d have to be antisocial and go to bed at 7 or something which would be awful.
Tonight is low-key again, dinner and then we all stay up as long as we can which will probably be until 8:00 or so. 😉 I’ll post some pictures in a minute!