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Sep 26, 2012 - Land HO!!!!!!

Well what do you know? I have finally reached land!! Took me long enough, right?! I am in the city, Varkala, district Kerala, in the country India! I see many trading posts, so guess what I'm going to do..? Yes, I will be trading! There is something called tea..? I heard it is a liquid drink, that helps you feel better if you are ill, or just want to drink it. I love the people here They are kind to you, no matter what..! This is my last blog, unfortunately :( I hope everyone enjoyed reading my blogs with this voyage!!!(: My voyage today,...

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Apr 25, 2012 - Cochin to Munnar, Tall Trees

Hi, Munnar is beautiful. Dit is hoog in die berge, groen en mistig. Prentjie mooi, met teeplantasies en spice gardens. Die pad hierheen is net nie so oulik nie. Vat Kampsbaai se kronkelpad van die stad af en x dit met so 100km. Kronkelpad al die pad met die berg op en in. Asof dit nie genoeg is om blind om draaie te gaan en soos hulle maak, karre en trokke sommer om n draai verby te vat, word dit 'n enkelpad nog ook. Tall Trees is die mooiste plek in Indië sover, of te wel, Munnar. Die olifante het vlekke op hul ore. Goeie nuus! Ons het...

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Mar 3, 2012 - Alleppey - Day 2

We had to up and out at 8am for our trip out to the canals. Alleppey is the centre of the inland waterway system here in Kerala. There is a maze of canals and waterways stretching up and down the coast for many miles. The area is known as the Venice of Kerala. The countryside is very lush with great tall palm trees and great open rice fields, all green and fresh looking. Alleppey is on a narrow strip of land between the Arabian sea and the inland waterways. Very typical tropical houses and shops, mostly single storey very reminiscent of...

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Mar 2, 2012 - Alleppey, Kerala

Not a bad nights sleep in view of the very hard bunk but up at 6am when we stopped at one of the many stations. The early morning visit to the WC is always an assault on the senses. There is a choice between a western toilet and a squat toilet but both look equally unsavoury and dirty. First Class is not how most people would classify them at all. But they do work so long as you are careful not to drop anything into the bowl of the toilet otherwise it is lost down the large pipe that drops down through the floor to the track below. We have...

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Feb 26, 2012 - The Final Goodbyes

My last five days in Kannur were as wonderful as ever. Wednesday Patty joined me at the medicine man so that she could see what that was all about. Patty is a teacher and will be working with the school, but she was curious and decided to get an idea of what I was doing. It was so nice to have someone to share the experience with. More than that, I loved being able to speak during the day since there was someone else who would understand me. After the medicine man, we went to the beach with Ranjit. That was an experience all on its own....

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Feb 21, 2012 - The Flash Strike

Monday was a typical day: kalari, medicine man, and yoga. The only difference was that the new volunteer showed up! Patty is a 54 year old Canadian taking a one year sabbatical from teaching French. She’s extremely nice and lives a very interesting life. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her, even only for the two days I’ve known her thus far, and feel lucky to have an entire week with her. What really made Monday stand out, besides the new volunteer, was the interesting news we got that night. Apparently, there was news of a flash...

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Feb 18, 2012 - A Weekend in Kannur

Friday I was, thankfully, feeling much better. So it was back to the medicine man! Apparently Ranjit, the program coordinators husband, took it upon himself to tell the medicine man that I’ve been learning kalari. And apparently the medicine man is a kalari master. Well, the medicine man decided to teach me some practical kalari (aka locks). Keep in mind he speaks little to no English. So, as we’re approaching lunch hour, he turns to me and says, “Seva! Shake hands!” He then holds out his hand. Naturally I reach out my hand to shake his....

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Feb 16, 2012 - Observations About India

Not much has happened since my last blog. I think you’ve all caught on to my general schedule: kalari in the morning, medicine man during the day, and yoga in the evening. That just about summarizes Monday and Tuesday for you. Wednesday, however; I woke up feeling a little bit sick. Still, I went to kalari and coughed my way through the workout. Afterwards, I felt so miserable that I decided to take the day off and relax at the house. Today I didn’t set an alarm thinking I would go to the medicine man when I woke up, but I didn’t wake up...

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Feb 15, 2012 - Urgent Plea for WFFT

“If we see, if we know, then we have to do something.” -Valerie Browning Over the past couple of days, a sequence of terrifying events has unfolded at Wildlife Friends of Thailand. I spent two weeks at WFFT and grew attached to all of the animals there. The employs and volunteers cared so much about doing everything in their power to give these once abused animals happy, stress free lives. WFFT is dedicated to the well being of their animals and will not stop until as long as animal abuse continues in Thailand. Recently, WFFT started...

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Feb 12, 2012 - Ananda Ashram

Given that we were travelling in India, and that Amy is quite interested in yoga, we knew that we wanted to spend a part of our time there learning about ashram life. It wasn’t easy to choose where to go, as India has what seems like a zillion ashrams, and they vary significantly in how open they are to westerners, and in terms of what type of tradition they follow. This particular ashram was recommended to us by the kirtan singer Krishna Das. Shortly before leaving New York City, we attended a call and response chanting concert with...

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Feb 9, 2012 - A Change of Pace

Things have definitely changed since I got to India. My program calls me a volunteer, but there’s no way you can call this volunteer work. I am getting the most incredible experience of my life and I don’t feel like I’m giving neatly enough back to say I’m contributing to the economy. But I’m not complaining - I did plenty of contributing in the four months leading up to this. It’s time for a proper vacation! Thursday morning Momita (the mother of the house) had a friend come over to tie Lewanna and my saris on for the wedding. I never...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Jan 31, 2012 - Saving the Best for Last

Okay, the title isn’t exactly accurate. When it comes to friends I’ve made, nothing can beat South Africa and Thailand. As for rewarding volunteer work, this doesn’t even hold a candle to Ethiopia. Turkey had the best sight seeing for sure and Phuket was by far the best for relaxing. However, India is the best cultural experience. I’ve been here for two days, yet I already know I am going to see and learn so much in my time here. Plus, because of where I am living and what I am doing, I will manage to get a true sense of the people and...

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