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.

Weekend with friends March 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:36 am

I had 90% of the weekend without feeling sick, so I consider it a success. Today my stomach started to get angry again, but I’m just trying to ignore it and go about my business (though I did skip yoga class). Some of my best friends have already left, and the rest, Polly, Amy, Tanya and Malia are all leaving tomorrow, so I’ve been trying to enjoy people’s company and enjoy India before I have to leave as well.

Yesterday we took a class at a place called Guerilla Yoga, which was pretty great. I’m naturally quite “bendy”, as Phoebe says on Friends, so I generally have an easy time getting into yoga. I could put both legs behind my head, but I still need to work on standing with my arms while I do that! I’m sore today but it was fun yesterday.

We’ve been eating EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. at Khana Nirvana, a place recommended by the fabulous Lily (THANK YOU!). Yesterday I had scrambled tofu, my ultimate favorite. If a place serves scrambled tofu, it’s a winner in my heart.

Today we went up to church, which was an interesting experience. It was mostly led by these young people who sang contemporary songs accompanied by a guy on a guitar. It reminded me ever so slightly of those mega churches you see on TV, because they all had their eyes closed and looked really lost in it. It was a nice nondenominational service though – Polly and Tanya are Mormon, Malia is Roman Catholic and I’m a liberal Episcopalian and it seemed appropriate for all. A good cultural experience, but not necessarily what I would want to go to every week.
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Malia and I sat in Moonpeak, the one good coffee shop in town while the others went to yoga today. I was drawn to this little girl who was sitting outside, basically eating foamed milk with a spoon. She looked a bit like a Guatemalan girl and she was so expressive. I took a few pictures through the window, which gave them a kind of dreamlike quality. The second one with the beggar woman behind her may be my favorite Indian picture.

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After another Khana Nirvana lunch, khananirvana.jpg we went shopping for pie ingredients because it’s the other Amy’s birthday. Polly, Tanya and I wanted to make her a chocolate pudding pie with an Oreo crust, and surprisingly we found all the ingredients in town. We also found these Britney Spears stickers.britneyspearsstickers.jpg

As we were walking down the mountain, a little Tibetan girl just started walking hand in hand with Polly. It was so sweet and unexpected. When we had to part ways we asked her mom if we could photograph the little girl, the mom said something, and the girl made this ridiculous pose for us. I love it!

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Our pudding pie seems like a success thus far (although it’s still in the chilling stage). We made it with Cadbury chocolate, so it has to be good! We made it in the CCS kitchen and then tiptoed it back to our house.
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I leave for Delhi on Thursday, so my time here is really winding down! I really need to take Shweta and Namita in my suitcase.

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One Response to “Weekend with friends”

  1. Dina and the boys Says:

    Hi Amy,
    That chocolate pie looks yummy! And your photographs are really beautiful, very expressive!
    We miss you, can’t wait to see you when you get back. It has still been cold and damp here, but is promising to get better as the week goes by.


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