First “Dinner Party”

First “Dinner Party”
Two nights after moving in, our newest Indian friends brought homemade mutton (chicken), rice and chapatis to our home and we had dinner. But first we had Kingfisher beer and chips outside in our “porch”. The weather had been surprisingly pleasant lately, and I only got two mosquito bites. (Mosquitoes love me, I guess Indian mosquitoes like Mexican blood).

Our First Home in India

Our First Home in India
[caption id="attachment_673" align="alignnone" width="751"] The backyard.[/caption] We moved out from MPR and into our new little house on Saturday, July 20. We had Adinath’s help with transportation and finding a place, and we had Shekhar’s help for basically anything we needed. He wanted a job so we hired him on salary to help us. He set up the Internet in our house, he got us local phone sim cards, he provided us with food, and

Arriving to Ahmednagar

Arriving to Ahmednagar
We stayed at the MPR (Meher Pilgrim Retreat) while we found an apartment/home to rent. Accommodations here are nice and clean and only 70 rupees a day, plus 290 rupees for three vegetarian meals a day. That’s about 7 dollars a day, total. The only bad things here are very hard mattresses, getting noisy neighbors,  and only bucket baths, which having been here many times, we are used to. (more…)

So It Begins: 6 Nights in Mumbai

So It Begins: 6 Nights in Mumbai
Three flights later we arrived to Mumbai Airport at 4am on July 4th 2013. We took a taxi to where I had booked us a room in a shared apartment through airbnb (a lot cheaper than a hotel). The apartment was owned by an Indian man and his mother; it was on the 15th floor, with no A/C. There was some breeze and ceiling fans but it definitely got hot. At least we had normal