|Kolis Fishing Village|
The Indian government has been trying to preserve the uniqueness of it's cultural history...a loosing battle as more and more people flock to the cities for both jobs and better education for their children. Parents are realizing the importance of education no matter what class they come from. While the caste system is still an integral part of life here when it comes to marriage, it seems to no longer be a barrier for job and educational opportunities.
|Sha'ar Ha Rachamim|
|Original Portuguese Bungalow|
English is compulsory even in the early grades. While Hindi is now official language of India, not everyone can speak it. Every state of India has it's own local dialect and even that gets broken down depending on which village your family comes from. English will be the only common language here soon.
By the time I got back to my hotel about 7:00 p.m. I was exhausted but with a huge smile on my face. I had just spent a wonderful ladies day out.
Let's discuss food.. As much as I tried to prepare myself before I got here, American Indian food doesn't have much resemblance to real Indian food. My tummy was not thrilled...too many new spices and too hot for my liking. We came prepared..I brought a bottle of Peanut Butter and some pre-packaged pouches of Tuna fish ( I survived my trip to China in 1987 living on this!) The wait staff at the hotel was wonderful trying to get food that I could eat. This was a real learning experience. Turns out I am not really fond of Indian food but I survived. Maybe it was the constant of it. I never hit the Tuna, but I did resort to 2 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches on the trip). I was hoping to shed 5 pounds on this trip... didn't happen, but I didn't gain any. I managed to find things I could eat and I left without hating Indian food. It was starting to grow on me.
Link to pictures are in right side column at the top.