For the time being, we are stationed at Madras Christian College in the city of Chennai. It is truly a beautiful campus–wooded, shady, and brimming with wildlife. We have run into mongooses, wild deer, turtles, bats, and more. It is such a wonderful retreat from the blaring heat and rush of activity right outside of the campus gates. We are staying in MCC’s International Guest House, which consists of 2 and 4-person rooms. The accommodations are a bit different than what we’re used to–no washers/dryers or shower heads–but for the most part it is very comfortable, and we are well taken care of. We’re mastering the arts of bucket showering and hand washing our clothes!
Our days at MCC consist of long nights of restful sleep, morning lectures from MCC professors or other academics brought in from different parts of India, 3 delicious Indian meals prepared by the Guest House staff (I think I am actually starting to get used to the spice, although I think they’re going easy on us), afternoon excursions to places like the outdoor market, the campus farm, etc., and plenty of time to relax- reading, napping, jamming, going for walks, and more.
So far we are having a blast. We’ll venture outside of Chennai for the first time this Wednesday, and I’m looking forward to some new sights. Also, my parents are joining me here in exactly a week, and I can’t wait to see them!!