I’M IN INDIA!! I still can’t believe I am here, but it is real. Yesterday was the first day of orientation and it was the first day we were allowed to leave the “guest house”. Guest house is another name for a hotel. First day of orientation left me excited and motivated for this upcoming semester. The academic director started by saying that the reason we are here is because our karma landed us here. All the effort I put into my last semester and winter break preparing for this trip has payed off because I am currently living my dream. They welcomed us with red paste and rice (Tilakā), red string bracelet (Kalava) and a garland, showing that they will protect and care for us while we are in their country. It was also there way of celebrating a beginning of a long time friendship.
We have many more days of orientation, they include orientations on health, academics, safety, culture, gender, culture shock, and an introduction to India. We will also have some time to tour Delhi! I already took some pictures from the program center back to our hotel, the neighborhood is an up and coming middle class area. There is a mixture of smog, children, dogs, construction.