Thank you David Bonderman!

Because of Mr. Bonderman's generosity, I have been given the opportunity to travel the world and learn about culture. As a Bonderman Travel Fellow I plan on traveling through Western and Eastern Europe, East Africa, Northern India and Southeast Asia. I am excited to experience new and amazing things that will better enable me to empower and inspire the next generation of young students.

ALSO!!! If you are interested in following the nasty development of my beard and can follow it at

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Indian Friends

I've been in India for 10 days and I've made lots and lots of friends...wonderful! It is a little discouraging though, that my friends consist of two Brits, two Germans, two Canadians, four Italians and an Australian. It's really hard to accept this immense wall made up of culture, color, money, living expectations, and much much more. Watching a beggar pass up ten Indians on the street and then approach me or a group of white tourists is numbing. Its sad. When children come up to me and ask for money I've started asking them for money also..its been a great solution! A situation that starts out as "White=Give and Indian=Recieve" turns into a funny, laughable situation where i feel a small sense of connection and relationship. I like it when they laugh at me. It breaks down the walls.

I'm starting to really understand and love the fact that Jesus only went as far from home as his feet could carry him. Simply disrupting his own culture had eternal ripples. What he did in his life continues to disrupt cultures all over the world today. He didn't need to travel to Seattle, Washington to grab my heart. I like that.

I just finished a three night stay in Pushkar. SO NICE!!! After a hectic start to India (Delhi and Agra), Pushkar was calm and so relaxing. I'd definitely go back there if I needed a deep breath amidst the craziness of Rajasthan.

I am currently in Udaipur, which is apparently "The Venice of the East" and I can see why. Beautiful buildings that back up onto Lake Picholo (i think??) and a romantic feel...being here with a lucky lady would be nice ;)

Next stop: Mt Abu to do some hiking. I might leave tomorrow, but we'll see.

I need to figure out the picture situation. I'll work on that today.

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