A Big Leap

I have always been one to play it safe. Maybe too safe, I’ve come to realize. After some thrilling smaller ventures away from my familiar life, I’m ready to take a big leap. Follow along on my volunteer journey to India.

Settling in a bit February 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:22 am

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!


7 Responses to “Settling in a bit”

  1. Momz Says:

    I am thrilled to hear things are going better for you. I knew they would but it is always nice to find out Mom is right 🙂

    I would love to hear what you have been eating. I am so envious. Could you also have someone take a picture of you in your new Indian garb and post it?

    It is 6:30 am here on Sunday and I got up to read your posts. I guess my body clock agrees with your posting schedule.

    So much love and so much more!


  2. Momz Says:

    Oh Amy–I forgot to ask where you have the Internet connection. In your home or are you at an Internet cafe? How is the connection?

    Momz redux 😉

  3. Amy Says:

    Hi Momz!
    Tomorrow I go to my placement and I’ll wear the Indian clothes then. They cook for us and it’s rice, yogurt, some kind of vegetable prepared in an Indian way (like last night it was potatoes and a tomato and peas dish) and some chapati (flatbread).
    I can’t get wireless but outside my flat there’s a little room with two computers. One is fast and the other’s a bit ancient.
    I can’t believe you’re up at 6:30 am reading my post! I went on AIM but you weren’t there.
    Love you! ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. Dad Says:


    How does the city feel compared to New York? Busier? More crowded? Seen any monkeys? Does it smell different? I guess the influence of British Empire will take a long time to fade away. At least you can probably find Marmite.

    Hope your adventure continues to amaze.

    Anything new with Britney or Suri, you’ll be the first to know!

  5. Pat Dressel Says:

    My Dearest Amy,

    What a great adventure! I meant to tell you that your great, great Grandpa was stationed in India, with Queen Victoria’s Army. I have a great picture of him taken in Bombay. So you have the coincidence of a relative having lived in India. Small world.

    I’ve always been proud of you–and now, super proud. I love you so much.


  6. Bob Dressel Says:

    Hi Amy:

    I was sure that things would look brighter after a decent nights sleep. What an adventure awaits you in these next several weeks, and we will feel a part of it.

    Your Dad asked some good questions about the feel and smell of the City. It really must be a different world.

    We love you!


  7. Mary Says:

    lucky you, I want chai and chapati!

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