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Feb 26, 2012 - The Final Goodbyes

My last five days in Kannur were as wonderful as ever. Wednesday Patty joined me at the medicine man so that she could see what that was all about. Patty is a teacher and will be working with the school, but she was curious and decided to get an idea of what I was doing. It was so nice to have someone to share the experience with. More than that, I loved being able to speak during the day since there was someone else who would understand me. After the medicine man, we went to the beach with Ranjit. That was an experience all on its own....

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Feb 21, 2012 - The Flash Strike

Monday was a typical day: kalari, medicine man, and yoga. The only difference was that the new volunteer showed up! Patty is a 54 year old Canadian taking a one year sabbatical from teaching French. She’s extremely nice and lives a very interesting life. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her, even only for the two days I’ve known her thus far, and feel lucky to have an entire week with her. What really made Monday stand out, besides the new volunteer, was the interesting news we got that night. Apparently, there was news of a flash...

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Feb 18, 2012 - A Weekend in Kannur

Friday I was, thankfully, feeling much better. So it was back to the medicine man! Apparently Ranjit, the program coordinators husband, took it upon himself to tell the medicine man that I’ve been learning kalari. And apparently the medicine man is a kalari master. Well, the medicine man decided to teach me some practical kalari (aka locks). Keep in mind he speaks little to no English. So, as we’re approaching lunch hour, he turns to me and says, “Seva! Shake hands!” He then holds out his hand. Naturally I reach out my hand to shake his....

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Feb 16, 2012 - Observations About India

Not much has happened since my last blog. I think you’ve all caught on to my general schedule: kalari in the morning, medicine man during the day, and yoga in the evening. That just about summarizes Monday and Tuesday for you. Wednesday, however; I woke up feeling a little bit sick. Still, I went to kalari and coughed my way through the workout. Afterwards, I felt so miserable that I decided to take the day off and relax at the house. Today I didn’t set an alarm thinking I would go to the medicine man when I woke up, but I didn’t wake up...

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Feb 15, 2012 - Urgent Plea for WFFT

“If we see, if we know, then we have to do something.” -Valerie Browning Over the past couple of days, a sequence of terrifying events has unfolded at Wildlife Friends of Thailand. I spent two weeks at WFFT and grew attached to all of the animals there. The employs and volunteers cared so much about doing everything in their power to give these once abused animals happy, stress free lives. WFFT is dedicated to the well being of their animals and will not stop until as long as animal abuse continues in Thailand. Recently, WFFT started...

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Feb 9, 2012 - A Change of Pace

Things have definitely changed since I got to India. My program calls me a volunteer, but there’s no way you can call this volunteer work. I am getting the most incredible experience of my life and I don’t feel like I’m giving neatly enough back to say I’m contributing to the economy. But I’m not complaining - I did plenty of contributing in the four months leading up to this. It’s time for a proper vacation! Thursday morning Momita (the mother of the house) had a friend come over to tie Lewanna and my saris on for the wedding. I never...

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Jan 31, 2012 - Saving the Best for Last

Okay, the title isn’t exactly accurate. When it comes to friends I’ve made, nothing can beat South Africa and Thailand. As for rewarding volunteer work, this doesn’t even hold a candle to Ethiopia. Turkey had the best sight seeing for sure and Phuket was by far the best for relaxing. However, India is the best cultural experience. I’ve been here for two days, yet I already know I am going to see and learn so much in my time here. Plus, because of where I am living and what I am doing, I will manage to get a true sense of the people and...

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