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Domesticated paradise

Filed in Blog, India, Scholarship, Smith Family Scholarship by on January 7, 2015

I arrived in Mumbai, India, and knew instantly that I would not want to leave. It may have partly to do with the fact that it was 70 degrees at night, in January, but also because of the beautiful colors and amazing smells around me. Once in my hotel room for the night I had a look around and noticed the only big differences were the lack of a closed in shower and only one English-speaking channel on the TV. However, I didn’t mind because I want to fully submerse myself in this experience and culture. Sleeping through the night was somewhat difficult because I was adjusting to the 11 hour and 30 minute time difference. To make itĀ easier to remember what time it is in the United States I add 30 minutes and change the a.m. to p.m.

When 8 a.m. rolled around I was ready to explore with my roommate and placement partner. We went down into the streets and walked through a slum. There where many colors all over the place and brick homes with colorful sheets as their doors. We even saw a stable packed with 30 cows that were getting their morning cleaning. The black crows here are enormously largeĀ and hover around large piles of trash where stray dogs also circle around. The number of stray dogs is shocking, but they live in peace with the people. It was a little intimidating to have everyone stare at us and to be in an unfamiliar area, but we pushed on until we felt like it was time to turn around. Once back to the hotel we decided to get a taxi to take us to get some traditional Indian clothing. He first dropped us off at an elaborate clothing store, but after we saw the prices we went back to the taxi and said cheaper, cheaper. He then took us to an outside market to get colorful kurtis. After getting two with matching leggings we went back to the hotel prepared for the next day, hoping we could fit in a little better. Our driver Naseem was extremely helpful but looking back at it, he probably over charged. That was alright though, we were happy, safe and styling!

The only animal-powered transportation I saw during my time in India

The only animal-powered transportation I saw during my time in India

A woman standing at the top of the mountain in a temple

A woman standing at the top of the mountain in a temple

Pond at the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan

Pond at the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan

Overlooking Pune, India

Overlooking Pune, India

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