4th October 2010 Jayapura village India…
I met my fellow Raleigh volunteer managers in Bangalore I have to say I was slightly disappointed with the airport. It was very utilitarian and we really could have been anywhere in the world. My disappointment was short lived when I got stopped at customs and taken to a back room where I was asked to pay 40% of the value of my camera equipment in tax. As you can imagine this added up to quite a sum & as I am here volunteering my skills for charity proposes I was not happy with the thought of paying this tax. It took me about ten minutes to talk myself out of it, they eventually let me go without payment. So a word of warning when traveling to India you are only allowed to bring one camera, one lens and one Laptop free everything else is subject to tax. My first lesson learned and first adventure over I surfaced in India. I boarded the bus still a little dazed and confused, we had a four hour bus journey to Raleigh Field-base in Jayapura village near Mysore Karnataka. It was the most amazing bus journey like watching a movie, every scene and description I ever read or watched about India played out before my eyes I could barely take it all in and certainly it was all too exciting to get my head around photographing any of it.
My first Indian Breakfast was a bit of a culture shock but a week on I have come to terms with having curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner although I have not come to terms with how spicy the food is.
We’ve had a week of training thats been really interesting and valuable everything from management skills, first aid and survival training. Fieldbase is in amazing rural setting definitely not on the tourist trail! We’ve trekked 21K through the most amazing scenery and took part in some great team bonding sessions. Here are my favorite images from this week if you want to see more and read more about the work we are doing check the Raleigh India Blog. Next week I am Spending sometime in Mysore City so It should be interesting!
Take Care Polly.