Manipal: Indian Thanksgiving

As an American, Thanksgiving is just a natural part of life, the beginning of the holiday season, a time for family and friends. I didn’t realize until I was abroad for Thanksgiving, how uniquely American it really is. Not that I would have expected any different, but it was odd to see my friends updating … Continue reading

Manipal: The Festival of Lights

The weekend trip to Goa and Gokarna was absolutely amazing but as they are mainly tourist destinations, there were not really any Diwali celebrations. For anyone unfamiliar with Diwali in India, it is socially acceptable time to develop pyrotechnic tendancies. Groups of students spent thousands of rupees on fireworks and then gather around and set them off … Continue reading

Gokarna: Meditation at Om

In between Goa and Udupi (the “city” that Manipal is a part of), lies Gokarna. Though we could have spent weeks exploring the different beaches in Goa, we decided to check out somewhere new on our way home…and chose to stop in Gokarna. We arrived via train on Monday afternoon and not knowing very much about the … Continue reading

Goa: Chillin’ in a Fridge

This past Diwali weekend we had Monday off, so we figured the best thing to do would be go on an Adventure! We managed to take a mini-vacation before our finals really kicked into gear! Goa pulls 12% of the tourists to India, especially international tourists. Goa may seem like a city, but it is … Continue reading

Udupi: Exploring TB and HIV/AIDS Treatment

Last Friday our field visit took us into the Udupi District Hospital. There we talked with officials about TB and HIV/AIDS treatment in India, and we were able to observe the treatment services in action. First we visited the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) course Center. The program has set-up such that each patient has … Continue reading

Manipal: SAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Last week our study abroad celebrated Halloween in typical American fashion, dressing up and hanging out with friends. Halloween celebrations have definitely been on the rise in recent years in India, though not to the same extent as in the US. It was strange not to see the pumpkins, witches, spiderwebs and hay decorating all … Continue reading

Koppa: Tea Time at Upasi

The morning after Halloween (which was a Wednesday this year) was a holiday so we headed over to Koppa to visit the Upasi Tea and Research Foundation! We drove in the bus down the familiar highway, past the Agumbe Rainforest…it was about a two and a half to three hour drive (but I slept the … Continue reading