Monday, March 22, 2010
Who's using who? What should we do? Well, you can't be a pimp and a prostitute too.
The second week of March was the annual Program Area Review for VSO. It was held in Puri, a touristy beach town that is about 50k from Bhubaneswar. This meant that ALL the VSO volunteers from across the country came to talk about the future of VSO (at least for the next few years). The days were filled with meetings which entailed power point presentations, brainstorming and role playing. Nights were filled with fun mischief. It was nice to meet up with old friends and greet the batch of new volunteers that had arrived just days before. There was much time spent swimming, drinking, playing music and eating. Memorable highlights were the magician, Marco-Polo (poor Tim (a new vol) just couldn't catch anyone!) and a combo game of spin the bottle/truth or dare. The one down side to the time spent in Puri was the food poisoning... about 15 volunteers (OF COURSE including the VEGAN!) got pretty ill.
Paul and Mark jamming.
Oryian dance show.
It's getting hot and hazy here in Bhubaneswar. For instance, there is a high of 44 today. It is a bit of a struggle. I mean, I am alright with limited exposures... even a few hours out in the middle of the day is fine as long as I get back to my AC'd room. I'm so glad that I was able to purchase one... it is a real luxury item but I'm pretty sure I would be miserable with out it. Work is becoming difficult due to the heat as well. I really start to feel it around 2pm and want to go home. The two ceiling fans in my office just don't cut it so I have been working from home about 1-2 days a week lately. Also with the approach of summer there are regulated power cuts to save energy. Like clockwork the power in my half of the city goes out at 5pm and comes back on at 6pm. (I've heard the other side is cut from 4-5...)
Check out the graph!
Let's take a walk: tidbit of everyday life
It was suggested in a media presentation at PAR to try and capture moments of everyday life to share. I decided to video my walk to the gym. Enjoy!
(I'll try to include these tidbits more often)
Song from title: Icky Thump by The White Stripes