Aside from reading and sleeping because today was the hottest day we've had yet, I got to go into Derha Dun for the first time today. I felt much more comfortable in this setting than I had the entire time in Delhi. Maybe I'm simply more comfortable with myself in this setting now and more confident about navigating it. Or maybe Derha Dun wasn't nearly as intimidating as Delhi. It makes me wonder how I'll feel when we get back to Delhi after 5 weeks on the farm.
Goddess G got her nose pierced today. Its so cool! She's got some guts though. I'd be paranoid about sanitation. It looks great... and I'm secretly keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get infected and its overall healing developments.
While in town today, Kite and I joined up with Pavlos and the Doe and ended up talking about our life satisfaction at the current moment. Turns out Pavlos is unhappy. I felt slightly responsible. Not because I have ever done anything rude, cruel, or whatnot to him, but for my peer's behavior that has hurt his feelings. We're trying to be so sensitive to this culture (India) that some people are being insensitive to others (European). People have been making fun of his accent and word choice without considering that he's fluent in three languages, English not being the first. Hence occasionally he stumbles or misspeaks. I'm glad he said something, because I feel like Kite, the Doe, and I can exert some peer pressure and keep others in check.
*Pearce's book was required reading for Freshman entering the University of Florida in Fall of 2008 and was part of a program connected to the water talk I participated in at the Harn in September 2008