Lessons and Rules

Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
Trip End Dec 18, 2009

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

There are rules everywhere you go. They tell you to what to do, where to go, how to act. Let's just day that the rules here are not the same rules as at home.

Rule #1: There is a dress code. All the girls must wear a full sawar kameez everyday. If you don't know what that is, look it up on google images. It is very comfortable, just different. The boys must wear dress pants, button shirts and shoes. It took me a long time to figure out why the specify that biys must wear shoes, but then I realized that people don't always wear shoes in India.

Rule #2: Everything is done with your hands. I eat with my hands and I clean with my hands. I am now very successful at eating rice and chutney with my hands and not spilling it down the front of me. I can also successfully clean my dishes my just some soap in my hands and no sponge. I am also going to be learning this week how to hand wash my clothes, which should be a lot of fun.

Rule #3: Schedule. A lot of my international friends have always made fun of me because at home, I always have work or meetings and my keep to my schedule. That is nothing compared to my schedule here. Breakfast is served from 7-8am only. Then we must go to chapel at 9:15am. Lunch is served from 12-1pm and then we must be back to the hostel by 6:30pm. Prayer from dinner is at 6:30pm and then manditory study time is from 8:30-10:30pm. In between all these times you are in class or sleeping.

Rule #4: Pets. There are dogs and cats that run around everywhere. They are cute, but you don't pet them. There are also oxen, cows, goats, donkeys, and roosters that hang out on the side of the road. Then there are the pets in my room. Yesterday afternoon, I went to go to the bathroom and found a lizard on the top of my toilet. I was not too happy.

Though there are a lot of things that are different here than in the US, it is still a lot of fun. The girls in my hostel have been very good about helping me to adjust and helping me feel at home. I am very grateful for this. I wouldn't be able to do it without them.
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