Kadama 3: Long Day, The Delhi Way

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Dec 01, 2012

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Sunday, July 15, 2012


Today we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel and then departed for a subtle day which ended in us flying to Hyderabad in the evening. The weather was quite hot today and just my
luck, I decided to wear a black t-shirt. I am hoping for a nice downpour and for
the clouds to cover the beating sun but I doubt that will happen. We started
our journey off by driving through the India Gate which is a red sandstone arch built in honor of the Indian and British
soldiers who passed in World War I. There is also an internal flame that burns
in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in 1971 during the
India-Pakistan War.

Our next stop was the National Gallery of Modern Art which I was extremely excited about seeing that I am a huge art fanatic. The Jaipur House is one of India's largest modern art
museums which consists of five floors of art reaching from the mid 19-th
century to the present day. Those of you interested in art, I viewed paintings
by Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Varma and British painters Tilly Kettle and Thomas
Daniell (my favorite). I could have spent the entire day in this museum. The
set up consisted of the older pieces on the first floor and each year above
there were the next century’s pieces. It was wonderful to be able to see the
transition in art forms; many of the common themes were somehow transformed
between each year yet they all still seemed interconnected. My favorite floor
was the fourth floor which had very abstract, brightly colored pieces along
with Thomas Daniell paintings. His are my favorite because from far away they
appear so intricate and detailed but once you are directly in front of them,
they are not. He uses different brush strokes to depict the highlighting within
the painting which makes for an eye-pleasing piece.

After the Museum, we had lunch at a restaurant called Yeti. It is a mix of Himalayan and Northern
Indian Food. Seeing that the temperature was unbearable, we opted for hanging
out in the restaurant after our meal instead of shopping (quite surprising
seeing that we all love to shop). My stomach was upset earlier in the day, so I
chose to have chicken and potatoes which ended up being spicy anyways. Everyone
in my group ordered food and we all just tried each other’s which was a nice
way to figure out what flavors and meals we like. My favorite was the
vegetarian dumplings which taste almost like a spring roll. I also enjoyed the
spinach with onions because it was crunchy and salty.

Following our rest and meal, we walked around some of the
boutiques which were rather expensive. Supposedly, this area was the first to
bring in high end, designer shops and the price change made it obvious. We did
happen to find this great store called Dang
which housed beautiful jewelry for an average price. I picked up a pair of
earrings with a dark orange bead and gold dangles – brining out my Indian
flair. We continued around the shopping area until it was time to leave for the

We all had quite a difficult time at the airport because we
were flying domestic to Hyderabad rather than internationally. Therefore, we
were only allowed to take 1 checked bag up to 50 lbs. and 1 personal bag on the
plane. Meaning that we all had to check in 2 bags and pay the extra weight.
Sixty dollars later, we were settled on the plane, and the last I remember was
the flight attendant showing us how to use the seat belt – Goodnight for me!

We landed around 1:00 a.m. in Hyderabad, met our director
Rahul and drove to the University which was about thirty minutes away. Once we
gathered our belongings and climbed the stairs with our luggage, Lizzie (my roommate)
and I decided that we could not go to sleep unless we unpacked. We ended up
going to sleep around 2:30 a.m. and had to be up for orientation at 7:00 a.m.
What a great way to start the program!
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DANG! Made me thing of David Spade... LOL
You are an amazing writer and story teller :)

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