India here I come! (with the little lego 'stig' for memorable photo moments)
22 November 2009 - 3rd April 2010
5 months in India, living in the chaos of the largest democracy in the world. Over 1 billion people and 20 times the size of our beloved UK!
Gonna be doing a fair bit of volunteer work, teaching english and learning about sustainable living. Really want to see whether yoga and drama can work together in education as well - and what better place to find out than the birthplace of yoga, with some of the most dramatic people on earth! :-)
So far I've got plans to go to Amarpukashi, a small village 5 hours from Delhi. Website is below if you want to check out what they do. Will be teaching english and experiencing life in the 'real' india, the rural areas.
Will definately be in Bodhgaya in Bihar from Jan 5th - 10th. The Dalai Lama is doing 5 days of teachings on all things buddhist and 'world peace' related. Just turn up with a cushion and an FM stereo (that's assuming I'm not fluent in Tibetan by then!).
Will be heading up into Nepal, hopefully getting a glimpse of Everest, experiencing the ghats in Varanasi, doing some yoga in Kerala around February, and staying at the ashram set up by Gandhi on my way back up the west coast.
I'm sure my plans are going to change, but there's a few ideas in the air at the mo. Everybody says to expect the unexpected, and never plan your journey yourself...but allow India to plan your journey for you instead!