flags

Ghana! Today, Saturday, was spent by me making the “substrate boosters” for the flags. We are doing our best to choose a cross section of countries that best represent the student body at the school. As a nod to how I indirectly got to this place, we tucked a Ghana flag in there for good…

progress

first glued pieces…. Today was insanely exhausting for me. I delivered six lessons on the basics of mosaic making to six adorable groups of kids. They even told me to call them my “minions”, which I found hilarious. Ulka talking to the older kids, my “team leaders”. They are AWESOME artists. There was lots of…

getting started

It has begun! Panels are off the wall and on the floor. Tools and tiles are delivered. A small group of students have been trained. panels laid out on the floor our tools I worked with 7th graders today. I taught them vocabulary words: “Everyone repeat after me: andamento! tesserae!” There will be a test…

catching up…

Following is a backlog of entries, as I haven’t had much chance to get online and post. Hopefully my posts will be less few and far between as I get settled. Enjoy! September 18 2012 I have arrived in style! After a 39 hour commute (which, thankfully, included a 15 hour layover near NYC and…

camel safari masala

  We recently finished a three day, two nights “camel safari” out of the desert city of Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. Our party consisted of myself, Ryan, two camel men (Sankar and Aridam), and two camels (Kwalu and Moni). There was one camel for pulling a cart of supplies, one camel for riding. Our playground…

thali time

 Welcome to Rajasthan, a desert state south of Delhi, but still in the north of India. This is a land famous for its ancient network of kings, forts, princes, palaces, and, of course, delicious cuisine. One ubiquitous offering found all over India, but especially here in Rajasthan is the thali. Rather than one dish, thali…

mo’ momo, please!

  I am quite taken with these Tibetan dumplings, which are basically a version of Japanese gyoza, or the Chinese potsticker. They can be pinched shut in a half circle, twisted or presented in a cute, button-like mound with a tiny hole at the very top. They are served with intense hot chutney or other…

mountain life & sidu

Hi there! I’m finally coming up for air to check in and share some photos, stories and a recipe. I don’t even know how long its been since my last blog post but it feels like forever. I hope you can accept my apology in the form of this extremely cute puppy… For about a…

sardar pav bhaji

In the past few days, we have managed to eat a lot of food. While we have yet to consume anything that has not been downright delectable, some foods are even better than others. And some places are famous for their specialties, for a reason. This would be the case with Sardar Pav Bhaji in…

achchha lagta hai!

Means “It’s very tasty” in Hindi…or something to that effect. Forgive me for possibly butchering both spelling and meaning but it is what I’ve been taught to say since arriving…and I use this phrase about 10 times a day. Am I in heaven? Writing about the joys of veggie-voyaging in India is like shooting fish…

Food & Friends

fun with seagulls That’s what it’s all about, right? Gathering together, drinking wine, preparing dishes side by side, sharing stories. Making connections and building relationships through something that we all love and need, food. No matter where you live or who you are, food is bound to be a common tie, a place to begin…

Capadoccia Days

Every friend I have who has been to Turkeyhas told me I must visit Capadoccia. “It’s magical!” they all say. “One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been in my life!” So we went, and it was. Capadoccia is a region in central Turkeythat is well known for several interesting features. Everywhere you look…