Nuala has limited access to the internet just now, so here’s a brief update.
Because her school in Anaikatty, Vidya Vanam, is currently closed while the teachers are away on training, Nuala and Caitlin returned to Hyderabad. They stayed here a few days and then travelled on to join some other Project Trust volunteers at their project for a few weeks, before returning to Vidya Vanam.
We haven’t heard much about the other Project they are heading to, other than that it is a school called Sri Chaitanya High School in Tangutur in the Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh. It looks like its on the East coast of the Southern part of India. The girls they are joining are Katie and Abi, and you can see a little more about their project on Katie’s blog here http://katiesyearwithprojecttrust.blogspot.co.uk/ It’s worth reading Katie’s description of her train journey from Hyderabad to Tangutur – don’t bring any bananas Nuala!
Hopefully Nuala may get access to the internet sometime in the next few weeks, and we’ll hear more. I think she’s loving India, but finding the disruption a little frustrating – she’s just keen to start teaching.
Text from Nuala today – her first day in India. It sounds a far cry from sleepy Balfron! She’ll be staying in Hyderabad – the capital of Andhra Pradesh – for a few days with the other volunteers to get sorted before heading off with her partner Caitlin to their project in Tamil Nadu, which is much more rural – and will probably be a shock in many different ways.
Literally just slept from 6.30am -3pm our time with a short break at 1 when we somehow woke up on time for food. Really strange but tasty pancakes with chutney and spicy pastes. Roads are wild – I don’t even think there’s a specific side to drive on or I cant work it out . Cars beep their horns as they go past other cars which happens a lot even if they don’t know each other. One car even sang as it reversed.
Buildings all seem unfinished, cables and rubble and litter EVERYWHERE, people just lie in big lines in the street under blankets to sleep. Still quite surreal and we are not even allowed to leave the building today! Not allowed outside incase we get lost but will be allowed out tomorrow. A man called Suuchi runs the guest house, doesn’t seem to be anyone else staying here except us – we’ve taken over. Quite warm but not unbearable. We have just put the air con on.