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A sadu sitting along the ghats of the Ganges River. Photo by Jen Goings, India Semester.

Onward!

Dear Parents:

After some great days on the Ganga (Ganges) and the completion of our two-day independent study projects and local home stays, we are about to have an early breakfast before departing to the airport for our flight to Delhi, where’s we’ll spend several hours regrouping. We’ve had some challenging moments, to be sure (the kind that our old friend and head Michael Mulligan called ” carefully calibrated challenges”), especially the extreme heat–although yesterday was relatively pleasant, especially on the evening river cruise.

In Delhi this evening we will board the train to the northern town of Dharamsala, in the special area of India where the Tibetan exiles and immigrants live. We will focus on Buddhism studies, have a chance to visit a school and teach English, and continue to talk about the meaning of “development” in India. The morale is good, students are healthy (no major intestinal problems: the probiotics are working!), and we look forward to escaping the heat. Sad to leave the lovely people–and their unbelievable food– here, but India is about diversity, so the cuisine up north should be interesting, too.

The adventure continues!

Jake and Sarah