What Ever You Do, Own It
I am on the verge of exploding with excitement over the fact that in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, I will be leaving my cozy little nook in Paris, France to spend 4 exhilarating weeks in Auroville, India.
Yep! Auroville is a village/community located in southern India, which means it will be warm during the 4 weeks I am there (praise gawd!). I will be working with multiple NGO’s on sustainable development efforts underway in their community. The people work together to sustain the environment they live in and promote a sense of unity of mankind. Spiritual development is a significant part of their lifestyle.
The photos I have seen of the temples in Auroville are absolutely breathtaking!
The dynamics of their community is pretty fluid from what I have been told and I am going there to learn about the sustainable development practices they use and hopefully, help further develop sustainable communication efforts. As of right now, I don’t quite know exactly what I will be doing to contribute but I am over the moon about this opportunity. I’m taking a 7D camera with me so hopefully I will be able to capture the experience well. I will certainly be blogging about it while I am there.
In order to travel to India I have to apply for a visa. It’s not a difficult process, just time consuming if anything. The website is pretty easy to navigate.
I have dual citizenship, American and British, so I have to include information for both passports even though I am only using my British one. They require a different sized photo than the America, British, or French passports and visas do so I had to take it at the Embassy of India here in Paris. Can we say mug shot??
I have submitted my application and after 6 days of processing it should be ready for me to pick up. Slowly but surely I am on my way!
I didn’t have time to get any vaccines but none are actually required to enter India. I will be taking Malaria pills with me, although I have heard they can make you feel quite lethargic, along with a host of other meds and ointments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a great list of the basic first aid kit contents when travelling abroad so I just followed their lead.
While I am in Auroville I hope to take advantage of the change of environment to do some good for me also. I thoroughly enjoyed my one week vegan challenge that conveniently ended a couple of days before Thanksgiving so while in India, I will be adopting a vegan diet again. I will also be taking advantage of the yoga practices in the community. I like yoga but have a long long looooong way to go before I will be able to really perform it. I think now is as good a time as any to start though!
I look forward to going to the markets once I have arrived so I can get a wardrobe similar to the locals. It is very important to me that I dress appropriately for their culture. According to a friend of mine who is familiar with the area, I should be able to buy some items very cheap so we will see how that turns out!
I am not looking forward to the rural toilets, the spiders and ants, the hot nights, or any unforeseen reactions to food/water that my body might have (definitely got the Imodium and Pepto Bismol in my little personal pharmacy), but those are just minor details. See you soon Auroville!