Entries by Talia Ivry

Feeling Blessed in Madurai

Today I feel blessed. Not in that joking, Instagram hashtag, emoji praise-hands way, but truly, deeply blessed. We arrived in Madurai by sleeper bus, which meant we were all sleep-deprived and cranky, but already I feel more at home here. Madurai is much smaller than Bangalore, and to me it feels more familiar, slightly more […]

Arrival on the Subcontinent + Adventures in Bangalore

The first few days in India have been filled with new experiences. The thing that immediately struck me as we left the airport in Bangalore was the activity on the streets. Along with the hundreds of people crowding the roads, stray dogs and cows roam around, undisturbed. The drivers in India do not stay on […]

Reflections on Orientation

Before I came to orientation, the whole idea of this massive trip felt like an abstract mess of images in my head, pictures I had seen on National Geographic of vibrant colors and writhing throngs of people. And while I still sort of have that picture in my mind, this week has been really good […]