|Luxury for a night|
|CIDA & Shastri welcome us|
We jetted off to our digs for the next 6 months after the orientation session, and got our first real taste of the monsoon season. (Toronto drivers - you got nothing on Indian drivers during a flood). We drove through rivers - literally, kids were swimming in the roads. Any Making Waves Board friends reading this - I really think our next international fellowship should be in India during monsoon season, we wouldn't even need a pool.
|monkey on our neighbour's roof|
Our apartment is on the third floor of our landlord's building, in a pretty safe "colony" in South Delhi. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, rooftop terrace, pretty spacious, and most importantly has AC.
It's been a fascinating day here so far. Contrary to what some people have told me, it does not smell like piss, roads are not that brutal, and I haven't felt overwhelmed by swarms of people - but then again it was raining heavily. However, I have experienced the wild and reckless driving (it's exciting and pretty similar to Nairobi), as well as beggars pestering your car for $. That so far has been my roughest adjustment - having to blatantly ignore kids who rap on your car window for minutes on end sometimes just for a few rupees. It feels inhumane, cold and disrespectful, but I know its a way of life here, and I've been warned enough that it is what you need to do.
The next few days of orienting ourselves around work & life here should be pretty crazy! Signing off for now!