June 09, 2010
Oh no. I just wrote a very detailed blog post clicked the wrong tab and BIKAW! its gone. So disappointing. I do not have the energy to restate the past week and a half's happenings so exquisitely yet agian, so a brief review will have to suffice.
The weather in Delhi is great. The new AC in the Guest Room at the Hope Project has been rendered useless the past few nights. Light rains have driven the temperatures down from 108 F to 85 F. This is possibly the best news I will ever write in my life, anywhere at anytime. Ha.
The first week at Hope Project went extremely well. Got to hang out in the Social Work room and help fill in account books for the 52 different Micro finance groups. The most interesting part is the differences in what each woman is able to save. Some save around 100 Rs a month (2 dollars) Some save 1000 Rs a month (20 $). Needless to say I am curious and very excited to venture out into the basti tomorrow with Zebabaji and Gulafshabaji to sit in on group meetings and have the chance to film some interviews.
I got sick on Sunday because I ate a pati that had been sitting out for a day. Fail. Big Big Fail. I have been sick since. Chris Luebbe (faculty leader from GIEU trip to India this and last year) didn't get sick though. Luebbe left last night. Sad. He is a great companion, and I am grateful to him for being the one to first expose me to India, and also for his contributions in helping me apply for the fellowship that allows me to sit here now and write this. Even if I have a cold sprouting black boogers (pollution!) and my stomach is screaming. "WHEN CAN I STOP DIGESTING THIS STUPID (but also delicious!) PATI!? " I am feeling better though. Pepto Bismol and rest to the rescue.
Will be a great day tomorrow. About to embark on my nightly stroll, which is really just an excuse to buy 20 rupee ice creams from the various ice cream wallahs perched around the basti. HUZZAH for ice cream, superb weather, digesting the Pati, an excellent first week and a half here at the Hope Project, and being back in India.
Phir Milenge! - see you later friends.
Posted by amissy at June 9, 2010 11:36 AM