That’s right, folks—I’ve survived a whole week of Jaipur’s sticky, Monsoon heat, fickle indoor plumbing, chaotic traffic violations and (gasp!) limited Internet accessibility (Facebook </3), et cetera.

As a fledgling world traveler, just being in Jaipur is exhausting—fending off beggars, paying with rupees, talking to locals, swatting flies, buying oatmeal, and, even—or should I say, especially—navigating the bathrooms here sap the energy right out of me. When 4 p.m. rolls around everyday, I fall hard into a post-veggie-curry coma.

But for every lukewarm bucket bath and near-death crosswalk “experience,” there’s been a henna-drawing mehandi party with my host sisters, a shopping trip to a local kurta tailor and a soothing cup of chai that somehow makes everything better.

So I know you’re all wondering what the heck I’ve been doing here since I arrived. For starters, I’m studying abroad through the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Studies in International Development program, so if you want all the dirty details (curriculum, syllabi, application information, etc.), check this out. And if you can’t bear to leave my page (isn’t the banner great? Thanks, Ben!), peruse the photojournaled highlights of my past week. I’ll add more pictures ASAP–swear!

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I'm a journalist who specializes in education, race and social justice reporting.

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  1. OMG!! Love the Mccy Ds pics. Looks like India is the place for me!!! VEGGIN OUT.
    I saw eat pray love yesterday for Mamma’s bday. LIz Gilbert goes to India and I thought of you the entire time.
    I can’t wait to read more and see more pics. Love you so much my baby d.

    lov u…Emmy

  2. Great pics! Wow, what an adventure! Keep the blog posts and pics coming…we will all live vicariously though you!


  3. Aunt Elisa Loves the pics & captions . She can’t wait to see more. I will show grand ma tomorrow. We both love you.
    Uncle Tom

  4. dear dede
    mom and dad just reviewed your journal and photos. we are both exicted and thrilled with your adventure. you are such a “fun to read” writer. reminds me of Ramona the great!!!!
    missin you much
    love da mama

  5. dede! – i hope your having a blast, the pictures are awesome!

    Looking forward to your next posting

    Take care and be safe,


  6. Dear didi, glad to read about your India experiences, and adventures, astonishing pictures.have fun. Aunt hui

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