*Special Edition* AudRat Facts

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

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Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Saturday, July 21, 2012

It has been a year since AudRat has been on the scene due to my time-consuming and overwhelming role as Editor In Chief for the newspaper. To refresh readers, AudRat was my bi-weekly newspaper column for my school newspaper which gave followers a taste of random facts and themed reading geared towards certain holidays and events.

After realizing that I have many random points I have taken notes on while being here, I thought to myself, "What better place to bring back the AudRat!" So here it goes:

  • 1.       When walking past electric lines, you can actually hear the electric flowing through the lines. It sounds like when you plug in an electronic and you can hear the shock. It is rather frightening especially when you are under the lines during a lightning storm – beware!
  • 2.       Being in India during the Monsoon Season is actually quite refreshing. The bugs are bad but the weather is comfortable. It has been about 77 degrees Fahrenheit here with medium to high levels of humidity. It sounds bad but the clouds and light drizzle's make for a lovely experience.
  • 3.       One of the main downfalls of India is that fact that my feet are always dry! Even after being here for a week, they are begging for a lotion bath which doesn’t even work. I need to find a spa pronto!
  • 4.       When you think India, do you think of slums and third world country? You’re partially wrong. There are slums; however, there are chains such as Baskin Robbins, Microsoft, Google, Chili’s, McDonald’s, Subway, and Dominos.
  • 5.       When walking to campus, I kept hearing really loud noises like a cat meowing. Turns out, that is the call of the Peacock meaning that they are creeping around the campus in the woods. Can’t wait to see one fanned out!
  • 6.       I am actually living with about 60 other American’s as well as about 6 students from Norway, 1 from Argentina, a few from Japan and one from Iceland.
  • 7.       The food is very good here if you like spices. I have been opting for steamed rice, steamed vegetables, bread and occasional chicken dish simply because my stomach is not used to heavily spiced foods yet. The perk of this mundane meal is that I have lost about 6 pounds so far. Granted, I have only been here for a week and I am using a different scale, but I like to think I am losing weight. Haha
  • 8.       Indian’s drink a lot of fresh fruit juices. Thus far, I have had Lemon juice, watermelon juice, mango juice, and a mixed berry juice. All are very delicious and I look forward to coming home and making fruit smoothie’s for breakfast every morning.
  • 9.       The ice cream here is amazing! The flavors are all real and not processed and fake like American ice cream. I have had pecan, mango, cacao, and vanilla bean and feel like I am in Ice Cream heaven when it touches my tongue.
  • 10.   Masala Tea is a common drink with every meal. The flavors are delightful and potent. The milk and sugar makes for a nice blend of natural aromas which are to die for!
  • 11.   Power Outages happen at least twice a day. Usually, one in the morning around 9:00 a.m. and one at night. Recently, there have been many more and they have been for much longer time periods (anywhere from 10-15 minutes each). I wonder if there power outages actually do save money because I feel like it takes a lot more energy to keep turning the power on. Hmm
  • 12.   Everywhere you go has purified drinking water – even locals do not drink the tap water.
  • 13.   For some odd reason, everyone wakes up earlier here. I have been up around 6:30-7:00 a.m. every day. I actually like this because it makes my day much longer.
  • 14.   The average workday is from 9:30-4:30 with a break from 1:00-2:00 for lunch and a nap. That is about a 5 hour workday – must be nice.

    If anyone has any other questions about India or my experience, please do not hesitate to comment or send me a message. I would be more than delighted to write a blog based on your inquiries!
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momma on

i love audrat facts!!

Roberta on

Just wanted to say hi and tell you we all miss you at Thiel. Enjoy the journey, take lots of pictures and I will continue to read the blog. Be well!

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