After being in Delhi for the first week, we made our way to Yamuna Nagar, a city in Haryana. The journey itself was about two hours, an extra ninety minutes of delay and an hour car ride. I would tell you more about the trip, but I fell asleep for most of it.
It is fascinating how just a simple distance away, the setting completely changes right before your eyes. Yamuna Nagar is definitely calmer in comparison to Delhi that was full of activity all the way to the early hours of the morning. Upon arrival in Yamuna Nagar, we met the various trainers that are a part of Leap- an energetic and friendly group of people. For the next month, we will be working with these trainers to help run the Propeller program, a skill development program for high school students.
A couple days ago, we also got the chance to meet some of the students. Most of the students are years 10-12 (late high school). There was a wide range of personalities from very shy all the way to very outgoing. I’m sure by the end of the summer, we will have learned as much from them as they have from us. So far India has already been a learning experience mostly achieved via trial and error. Some of the many things we have discovered are as follows:
- One-way streets are never truly “one way.” In Delhi we took a mixture of the metro, Uber, other cars and tuk tuks. Outside of these modes of transport, we did a lot of walking and quickly learned that looking both ways is even more important in India. Traffic in India consists of a hodgepodge of cars, bikes, motorcycles, pedestrians, cows and tuk tuks that come together to form a somewhat organized chaos. Even if a road is clearly built to only go one way, cars can come from both directions. This was the case on our way to the hostel, when the driver proceeded to go down a road wide enough to fit one car while there was traffic coming from the other direction. A traveler from UK at the hostel informed us that if a tuk tuk ride was under 90 rupees, he would highly recommend walking the distance. I can only imagine that he must have done a lot of walking because 90 rupees can get you quite far.
First tuk tuk ride:
- Shahi paneer and roti is not breakfast food (probably the equivalent of eating a cheeseburger for breakfast).
I like food. I also like taking pictures of food. We have tried many different foods: dosas, uttapam, aloo tikki, momos, chicken biryani, butter chicken, kebabs, idli, gulab jaamun, pani puri and many other foods that I cannot spell. Needless to say the foodie in me is quite content. That being said, we probably have not been eating the right foods at the right times…
- Mango trees do not look like this [on left], but rather like this [on right]
^Mangos for days
4. The art of making a lassi: When one of the trainers, Niharika, discovered my love for lassi, she proceeded to bring me a container and mixer to make lassi. The process is as follows:
Step 1- Place the yogurt into the container and mix until it is of a smooth consistency
Step 2- Mix in adequate amount of sugar (we went shopping for Indian clothing the other day and the place gave us a free bag of sugar- so I think we have enough sugar to make lassi for the rest of the summer)
Step 3- Mix in water
Step 4- Drink and enjoy 🙂 Life is good.