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in Mexico City

One of our Solidarity Hospitality guests tried to commit suicide over the weekend. He was found on the edge of the roof by some of the new volunteers who went to get the help of a coordinator. Together, they managed to talk him down and get him inside. Since it was the weekend, it was […]

Goodbye Hyderabad :(

in Mexico City

It’s the beginning of the end of my time in India.  Hard to believe that the time has gone by so quickly and I have less than a month left. This past week was full of goodbyes.  I had found out at the beginning of May that our landlord was going to be closing our […]

Back in Oaxaca!

in Mexico City

Seven hours, two bathroom breaks, and five movies later I’ve arrived in Oaxaca. Boy am I glad to be back. I’m not sure if it’s the mountains or the mezcal, but there is something about this place that makes me feel like I’m on vacation even if I’m working. I think it might be because […]

India and the Holocaust Past and Present

in India

Despite the big impact of the Holocaust on a large chunk of the world and the emphasis on educating about it the US (or perhaps this is my skewed perception from having grown up in a Jewish community), a couple weeks back I came to know that, perhaps not unexpectedly, it is not really talked […]

The Times They Are A-Changin’

in India

There have been a lot of changes around here since I last posted.  The composition of my apartment has changed with two of my apartment mates-moving out at the end of April and a new young woman moving in this past Monday.  She is a recent medical school graduate doing her residency at Care Hospital, […]

Apparently you can dance at two weddings with one tuchus

in India

“You can’t dance at two weddings with one tuchus*”. It’s an old Yiddish phrase that my great grandpa Ben liked to use (or so I’m told).  Well I proved the old saying wrong this week by attended a wedding double header.  Well technically neither of the events was the actual wedding (one was a post […]

Happy 125th Birthday Dr. Ambedkar    

in India

The past two weeks have been relatively uneventful work wise, just more of the same.  Next week looks to be interesting as we will be having several visitors from Johnson and Johnson, or more accurately Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of J&J, who are developing and interactive voice response (IVR) system with messages about HIV and […]

Seattle Bound

in Mexico City

Four hours into my nine hour reception shift a young man walks in from off the street. I look up from my book to give him my full attention. He seemed to be a little older than me, but sometimes it’s hard to tell for sure. Underneath his dirty oversized shirt and pants which clearly […]

HOLI smoke! So it doesn’t ALWAYS rain in Chennai?

in India

Okay, now it’s time for a happy post!  This week at work we got a lot of new furniture.  It’s really nice, except the influx of new furniture was not accompanied by the removal of old furniture, so the office is a bit too crowded now.  There are two giant mettle cabinets in the main […]

Update on Events at the University of Hyderabad    

in India

I know I promised a blog post full of pictures and recounts of fun adventures, and I promise that will come later this week, but first I want to update you on the events that have been going on at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) over the past couple weeks.  You may remember my post […]