A City of Many Faiths and Cultures

I arrived in Israel on Thursday, and on Friday a British woman in our program took me to Christ Church, the first Protestant church in Jerusalem, consecrated in 1849.

Saying Farewell to a Land of Contrasts

Monday, June 20

We said a sad farewell to the Sisters of Notre Dame on Thursday evening. Donovan and Tom presented the Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award to Sr. Sandhya. All of the Sisters gathered in front of a Mary statue located in the garden in front of the entrance. I spoke about the history of Sr. Bosche, her determination and her compassion, and at the end sang the hymn “Now the Day is Over.” We gathered for dinner, where I sang, “God Be With Us ‘till We Meet Again.” The Sisters said a prayer and we all retired for the evening, except we then went to the Windsor Hotel for one last night in the environs of Bangalore.

A Trip to Mangalore

Wednesday, June 15

Tom and I owe a great deal of gratitude to Donovan for the rich experience we had this past weekend. Donovan’s parents come from Mangalore, a seaport city on the Arabian Sea, to the west of Bangalore.

We traveled there over the weekend and were treated royally by his aunt and cousins of whom there are too many to count.

Of Taxis, Cows & Sprawling Business

Wednesday, June 8

India continues to be a mystery. While over 600 million supposedly speak English, one wonders where they are. Educated people clearly have a capacity in the language, but when encountering people on the street the story is different. Taxi drivers – here the taxis are modified Vespas with seats for three behind the driver – can handle numbers, but only when they are high. To negotiate down from R100, let’s say, is another challenge.

A Day at Micro Labs Limited

Wednesday, June 1

Today professor Hotchkiss, Tom, and I were able to visit and take a tour of a renowned pharmaceutical company called Micro Labs Limited, located in Bangalore.

Micro Labs specializes in various medicinal and pharmaceutical products. It distributes its products worldwide but has only recently been FDA approved in the U.S. Its main goal by 2014 is to enter the U.S. market and achieve sales of $1 billion.

Visiting a Marvel: The Palace of Mysore

Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29

At the advice of the Sisters of Notre Dame at the Sophia School, Professor Hotchkiss, Tom and I traveled to a nearby city called Mysore this weekend.

The Sisters were kind enough to organize a car and driver for us for the overnight trip making the journey very relaxing and enjoyable. On the way to Mysore we stopped in a city named Srirangapatna, known for its great religious, cultural and historic importance. 

Comfort is Finally Settling In

Thursday, May 26

We got the first night of “comfortable” sleep during the first night without thunderstorms in our ears. Thunderstorms here are much more intense with longer drawn-out thunder and lightning. Donovan and I purchased pillows the night before to cushion the bedding we were supplied with, which also helped. (As Professor Hotchkiss explained previously, the bedding is similar to sleeping on rocks.) 

Call Center & Graduate School

Wednesday, May 25

Arise and shine, it is a new day! During the night, torrential rains came and went. The temperature probably lowered to 65® F. The bed is no longer rock hard. It is now gravel hard.

Somehow Donovan and Tom could not make it for breakfast. It is their first attempt at intake control, which will be difficult with all of the excellent food served to us.

Arriving in India

Tuesday, May 24

We arrived early this morning at 1 a.m. after traveling for 24 hours. The flight from Cleveland to Chicago was two hours long and on time. The flight from Chicago to Delhi was on a Boeing 777 and endured 14 hours, which is a long time to sit in a space measuring 17 by 30 inches. Woe betide the traveler who is eating when the person in front puts his/her seat back down. The flight to Bangalore on a spacious Boeing 737 had excellent service.

Next Year In Firenze

So we’re sitting in Michael Bloom’s Notre Dame College office on a sunny 30 degree Monday afternoon in South Euclid, reminiscing about the Israel Trip that just ended this weekend. I’m missing the wonderful variety of food, and I didn’t like having to cook my own breakfast and wash the dishes!