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Visiting a Marvel: The Palace of Mysore

Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29

At the advice of the Sisters of Notre Dame at the Sophia School, Professor Hotchkiss, Tom and I traveled to a nearby city called Mysore this weekend.

The Sisters were kind enough to organize a car and driver for us for the overnight trip making the journey very relaxing and enjoyable. On the way to Mysore we stopped in a city named Srirangapatna, known for its great religious, cultural and historic importance. 

Comfort is Finally Settling In

Thursday, May 26

We got the first night of “comfortable” sleep during the first night without thunderstorms in our ears. Thunderstorms here are much more intense with longer drawn-out thunder and lightning. Donovan and I purchased pillows the night before to cushion the bedding we were supplied with, which also helped. (As Professor Hotchkiss explained previously, the bedding is similar to sleeping on rocks.) 

Call Center & Graduate School

Wednesday, May 25

Arise and shine, it is a new day! During the night, torrential rains came and went. The temperature probably lowered to 65® F. The bed is no longer rock hard. It is now gravel hard.

Somehow Donovan and Tom could not make it for breakfast. It is their first attempt at intake control, which will be difficult with all of the excellent food served to us.

Arriving in India

Tuesday, May 24

We arrived early this morning at 1 a.m. after traveling for 24 hours. The flight from Cleveland to Chicago was two hours long and on time. The flight from Chicago to Delhi was on a Boeing 777 and endured 14 hours, which is a long time to sit in a space measuring 17 by 30 inches. Woe betide the traveler who is eating when the person in front puts his/her seat back down. The flight to Bangalore on a spacious Boeing 737 had excellent service.

Next Year In Firenze

So we’re sitting in Michael Bloom’s Notre Dame College office on a sunny 30 degree Monday afternoon in South Euclid, reminiscing about the Israel Trip that just ended this weekend. I’m missing the wonderful variety of food, and I didn’t like having to cook my own breakfast and wash the dishes!

Fond Farewells

Friday, March 4:

Our last day of work dawned upon us with a forecast of thunderstorms. But thankfully it was still warm!

Once we arrived at the work site, everyone was determined to make this last day our best day of work. Most of us continued to work on nailing wooden planks together, while making sure they were flush, of course. We split up into a few small groups because it would take about three or four people to get them just right. It eventually began to rain and Don announced that we would decide after lunch whether or not to continue.

Bruises, Birds and BBQ

Thursday, March 3:

Work day number three begins! Like yesterday, we were blessed with the hard-working souls from Montana to keep this house moving along.

Guidance from the Elders

Wednesday, March 2:

As our second work day started, we learned that our groups would be switched up at our work sites. At our site, there are two Habitat houses being built next to each other; one house is being built by a Habitat group from a Montana church, the other by us. Don, the head supervisor, informed us today that the two groups would join together to work.

The Things That Bring Us Together

One week in Israel. We have seen and done so much, it’s almost impossible to put it into perspective. From the packed streets of Jerusalem and Bethlehem to sleeping in a Bedouin village to shopping in street markets for local spices to the grandeur of Masada to a glimpse of life on a kibbutz – this is definitely a country of diversity and variety. 

“Come Tuesday, We Are Going to Be Served a Piece of Humble Pie”

Tuesday, March 1:

We woke up at the crack of dawn (6:30 a.m.) to eat breakfast and get our lunches together. Everyone ate quickly because we were all excited to get to the site and start working!