Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's Been A While

In Malayalam class, Dr. Nayar says he won't teach us the negative forms of words because he wants us to be positive.

The ice cream in India is so much better than it is at home. Every scoop I've had is so creamy and so rich... I was discussing this phenomenon with Kristi, when I realize that, relevantly, this probably means the ice cream in India is worse for you than it is at home. I proceeded to scan the packaging of my individual-serving cup and failed to find the nutritional information. Kristi says it's because God just wants us to enjoy it.

A few professors from UW came to review the program. Behind their backs, we called them the Dignitaries.

Kathakali is the Indian equivalent of the opera. It's a highly-esteemed form of art, with classic story lines and techniques. Performers study for years upon years to become worthy of participating in its portrayal on the stage. They practice, practice, practice, and anticipate opening night, hoping that their performance will move their patrons like no other production has before.
But in the end, the audience has no idea what's going on.

Through research on the internet, with the use of various sources, I've come to the realization that my sunburn is actually a massive second-degree burn that happens to be from sun exposure.

Thankamma claims to never have had chocolate before. She says no one has ever offered it to her. I think it's heinous that anyone, let alone a woman, has never had chocolate. So, I'm determined to buy her her very own chocolate bar. It makes me feel like a missionary... for chocolate...

The autodrivers here are not honest. They always claim the meter is broken because they think that we will just give them any fare they request if there is no meter to rat them out. Yesterday, was no different.
As we claimed in, we requested, "Meter. Meter?"
I reached over and flipped it on.
Surprise! It worked!
The driver did not look pleased...

I have to keep my gum in the refridgerator here, because otherwise it sweats.

There are traffic law signs posted all along the roads here. The say things like Obey Traffic Laws and Go Slow. My favorite one says Speed Thrills But Kills.

True Story.


  1. Hi! Came across your blog and learnt a few things abt Kerala. I didnt know that it is that hot there. Im planning to visit sometime later this year. So your inputs have been an eye opener to me.Tk u.
    I live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am a malayalee too. My dad originated from Kerala.
    Would be obliged if you could enlighten abt Kerala further....when u are free that is. What abt food? I have heard lots of food poisoning stories.....!
    Take care.

  2. Sam,
    I love reading your entries, but I am writing to let you know Alex is in the hospital and I am at a loss as how to otherwise let you know. Don't worry, he will be fine. He has a buccal abcess on the left side of his lower jaw and check. The four wisdom teeth came out, and I'm sure he shared w/you that they had some trouble with the two bottom two. He is receiving IV antibiotics and pain medication and should be fine in a day or two. He is at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and I did not want you to worry that you could not reach him. I asked if I could email you and he would not let me. So, he will be mad that I contacted you this way for sure! I will see if he can have his laptop in his room tomorrow and then he can communicate with you. I am sorry I used this forum to inform you, but I truly feel you should know. I look forward to reading more of your adventures, but even more to seeing back home again! Take care of yourself, Peggy P.S. my personal email is: peggy.rusek@gmail.com