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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. The Angelical missionary society wanted to invite Jews to discover Jesus. The sanctuary holds a huge wooden plaque with the Ten Commandments and, on each side, the Lord's Prayer and the Apostles' Creed in Hebrew. The whole thing looks like the Ark of the Covenant that holds the Torah scrolls in a synagogue. It's an active community today celebrating a sabbath service in Hebrew that honors Jesus. On Saturday evening, after the...

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...

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. Tom McKrill, Donovan Maben and Steve Hotchkiss visited Donovan's family in Mangalore. We were guests in their home and, at the break of day, arose to the sounds of the imam’s call to the worship of the Muslin community. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were...

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. As part of the internship we have been visiting several hi-tech companies. These companies have in common a strong sense of a social contract –...

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. Professor Steven Hotchkiss, Donovan Maben and Tom McKrill (from right to left) had nearly unlimited access at Micro Labs Limited. The best part about this business is that it...

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. Tom McKrill and Donovan Maben in front of the Palace of Mysore. Here we visited the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore during the...

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.) The rooster crowed at 8:30 a.m., allowing us to make it into the office by 9:30 a.m. At the office we met with John, the school accountant, who reviewed with us many sections of Tally,...

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. Today, we were visited by Radhika Shastry, managing director of RCI, a global timeshare interchange corporation. She invited us to spend some time with her company, observing how call centers function and integrate with their U...

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. We were pleasantly greeted at the airport by representatives of Air France at the request of Sr. Priscilla. Apparently, the manager’s...

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! Tour guide David Raz with Roz Scheer-McLeod I want to thank: Laura Smart, Vice President of Sales at ACIS, our sponsoring travel agency, for continuing to exceed expectations and making this a truly 5-star trip; David Raz, our Tour Guide for sharing his love and extensive knowledge of Israel with us,...

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