And so we begin!

Landing in Goa, the humidity and vegetation make for a beautiful landscape and it seems that the vibrant colours of India only become more saturated after rainfall. Having travelled 10 days earlier in Rajasthan with Jacob and Maddy, we had seen more desert areas of India and were able to experience parts of Indian climate and culture before the start of the program.

In the morning, after breakfast and an overview of Beyond Boarders, we piled into a bus and drove around to familiarize ourselves with our surroundings. Everything is overly intriguing, from the varying architecture of buildings to the various brands of cookies in a grocery store. I’m doing my best to accept looking like a tourist. I want to feel ok with looking like a fool at times too, being able to laugh at stupid moments, under rehearsed or completely ignorant, it’s fair to be clueless and I want to connect to that emotion as much as any other during this. Why else are we here but to learn?

We ended the evening by catching the sunset on Colva beach, grazing past shops, taking selfies and attempting our first haggles. I find a relaxed and fun, yet purposeful dynamic with this group and I am excited to begin these 3 weeks of collaboration.

*Thanks to Melih for the first 2 photos of the day!

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Course Blog Assignments

One of your required tasks in this course is to post to the Design Abroad: India blog. One to two students will be assigned to post each day to the blog, reporting and reflecting on the activities you were involved in on that day. Each student will be responsible for three blog posts during the course. Students will write and upload, at minimum, a 200-word post. Along with thoughtfully written (and edited) text, you will choose and upload three photos that best represent the work and experience that day. For faster uploading, ensure you first re-save the photos as a smaller file size. Posts should be completed and uploaded by 9am the day following your assigned blog day.

Here is the blog assignment schedule over the next three weeks:

Mon 5/15
Alyssa

Tues 5/16

Jake

Wed 5/17
Maddy

Thurs 5/18
T’mikah

Fri 5/19
Megan

Sat 5/20
Genevieve

Sun 5/21
Liza

Mon 5/22
Michael

Tues 5/23
Melih

Wed 5/24
Alyssa

Thurs 5/25
Jake

Fri 5/26
T’mikah

Sat 5/27
Maddy

Sun 5/28
Megan
Liza

Mon 5/29
Genevieve
Melih

Tues 5/30
Michael
T’mikah

Wed 5/31
Alyssa
Megan

Thurs 6/1
Melih
Liza

Fri 6/2
Genevieve
Michael

Sat 6/3
Jake
Maddy