Mangalore: Opportunities Galore

My last weekend in Manipal and I finally got around to exploring “what there is to see” in Mangalore. While, Mangalore is not the BEST city I’ve been to in India, it does have its merits. Most notably, the St. Aloysius Chapel, Bejai Government Museum, and St. Francis Xavier’s Church. From where the bus dropped … Continue reading

Udupi: Chariot of Lord Krishna

This semester I’ve been to the Krishna temple about 5 times, but every time I’ve missed the real activity that goes on. Well this time, I went with some Indian friends, and we went for the evening ceremony (7pm). Finally! It was the perfect time to go! I had read about how this is one … Continue reading

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

Udupi: Best Wishes for a Married Couple

Last Monday one of our teaching assistant’s  cousins had a wedding right here in Udupi! She was so nice and invited us to come and be guests at the wedding. Well if you’ve been to a Christian marriage ceremony, this was nothing like that. We ordered a taxi and left to arrive at the Hotel … Continue reading

Hampi: The Ruins of Old and New

After taking the overnight train to Hopset, and a quick bus ride later, we found ourselves in the small temple town of Hampi – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An ancient town – many changes have occurred in Hampi in just the past few years. Most notably the vibrant “Hampi Bazaar” is nearly gone. Indians … Continue reading

Manipal: Happy Onam!

Two weeks ago there was an Onam Celebration on campus, there were a variety of activities going on to celebrate culture – as Onam is traditionally the new year’s celebration in Kerala. I found all of this out, while walking to the library and encountering this on the ground. It was so beautiful that I … Continue reading