I am in India now. It has been about a week since our final performance in Thailand. The performance was a big hit with the students, teachers, and parents who came to watch. I have a few more pictures from Thailand I want to share here as well as the final audio recordings of the songs, but that will have to wait until the internet is a little bit better.
Tomorrow I move into school number two. This week has been nuts. India is unlike anywhere else I have experienced. All the sights, smells, and noises are in your face all the time. It is incredibly beautiful, grotesque, and overwhelming. Flowers, beggars, traffic, sewage, incense, spices, garbage- it is a lot of everything all at once. Lonely Planet says this about Kolkata (Calcutta): "Simultaneously noble and squalid, cultured and desperate, Kolkata is a daily festival of human existence. And it’s all played out before your very eyes on teeming streets where not an inch of space is wasted." Very true in my experience.
After my train ride from Kolkata to Siliguri (which was a super beautiful way to see West Bengal), all of my food adventures caught up with me in a real bad case of what here is referred to as "Delhi Belly." Thank goodness I was in a hotel and not a train, because it was not a pretty sight. Not quite as bad as the Ceviche episode with Colburn in Peru, but close. I'm fine now, but obviously taking it much slower with the local food.
Thailand was incredible, but after a week in India, it is just now dawning on me that this project is really happening. India is something else for sure, and I'm certain the next four weeks here in Darjeeling are going to be quite a trip.