india :: day 1

As I write now, I am getting settled in my room in the guesthouse in Porur, India. Yes, what everyone says about India is true. It's overwhelming, in an absolutely magical and endlessly beautiful way. But there's also devastation, filth and extreme poverty, existing side by side in a world that is fast-moving, loud, and intent. We spent the first couple days in India trekking around Chennai in a tuk-tuk, or motorized rickshaw. We found ourselves in T. Nagar, a shopping district filled with sarees, books, jewelry, food, and textiles. Too overwhelmed to write more... tomorrow we will officially begin our volunteer program. Tonight, sleep!