Wow.. I’ve already been on my adventure for 6 weeks! I have less than one week left with my amazing family and NSLI-Y friends. This makes me feel extremely bitter sweet. While I’m excited to go back to the US and share my amazing memories with everyone and get ready for my junior year of high school, I’m also very sad because I have to leave this amazing place and all of the amazing people that I have met. I feel as though there is so many more things that I’d like to do in India. Already, I’ve done so many cool things. In the last three weeks, I’ve gone shopping in historic markets, visited Hindu temples, practiced Indian dances, music, art, and games, started my yoga training, visited 2,000 year old Buddhist caves, participated in a pilgrimage, learned to cook all sorts of Indian foods, and all sorts of other cool things.
Here are some photos of my adventures:
My sister and I eating one of my favorite foods- Pani puri. Pani Puri is a crispy fried “ball” that is filled with spiced mashed potatoes or chickpeas, onions, “shave” (some sort of crispy noodle), and water that is boiled with green chilies. You eat the whole thing in one bite, and it is an explosion of flavor in your mouth.
A view of Pune from my window
My family and I at the Karla Caves. The Karla caves were carved over 2,000 years ago by Buddhist monks. The caves show an impressive knowledge of science and symmetry, and are truly beautiful and amazing.
Me, learning to try on a sari.
All of the NSLI-Y students and their host siblings at Choki Dani, a mock cultural village from state of Rajistan.
Riding a camel with my friend Maja.
My favorite new fruit that I’ve tried- Shareefa/ Cetaphil. (known in English as a Custard Apple) The white flesh that surrounds the seeds literally tastes like custard- and it is absolutely delicious!
Photos from the Palki pilgrimage that I participated in. This is definitely one of the highlights from my trip to India, and it was totally a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Palki is a 200 km pilgrimage for the Hindu god Mauli. The pilgrimage has been going on for 700 years, and attracts a rough estimate of about 700,000 people. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, rich or poor; everyone walks with the same determination and devotion, and everyone is viewed as equal. The pilgrimage lasts for 21 days, and is truly incredible to see. While I only walked for 33 km of the pilgrimage (21 Miles!), I was so glad have this amazing opportunity.
*Note- Even though I come back to the US in just 5 days, I still plan to keep writing on my blog for a while. One of the big things that I have been planning is a series in which I share recipes for many of the delicious Indian foods that I’ve learned to make! Thanks for checking out my adventures!