Two days feel like two weeksGymasium Lindlar

Veröffentlicht am 28 März 2009 von GymLi

We have been in India for just two days and already it feels like we have been here for two weeks since everybody is really trying to make us feel at home and we have been welcomed by true friends.

After a 15 hour- flight with Turkish Airlines, a stopover in Mumbai, a 4-hour- train journey from Mumbai to Pune and another hour on the bus within Pune, a city of 3 million (!) inhabitants, we were indeed quite tired when arriving in Pune at last.

Yet we recovered surprisingly soon and have also adjusted well to the hot climate which is about 35 degree during the day, so quite the opposite of Lindlar. Here are our first two days in short:

Day 1: Meeting the Indian Hosts and Sightseeing in Pune (27.3.2009)

– Visiting a student’s house and talking to the family about the Hindi New Year Festival (gudibadwa) which was celebrated here yesterday; tasting some traditional Indian food for that special occasion. Lina“s family gave us a really friendly welcome !!!

– Visit to Shaniwar Wada Palace from 1730

–  Visit to one of Pune’s beautiful temples (Casaba Gampati Temple) and learning more about the Hindu Religion

– Visit to AgaKhan Palace  where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned from 1942-44

– Visit to the Empress Botanical Garden Pune

– Indian Dinner with the new Friends

Day 2: The Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER) (28.3.2009)

– Formal Inauguration and Welcome with the Erach Barucha, Head of the BVIEER (=partner University Institute) and the Head of Kanyala Prashala (= partner school), Ruby and Kranti, both from BVIEER

– Highlight of the day: Mr Staehle’s speech in English 🙂

– Icebreaker session: Getting to know each other  better: partner interviews

– A guided tour of the BVIEER environment-friendly building of BVIEER

– Powerpoint slide show and lecture on Pune by Kranti

– Indian Lunch at the BVIEER with Indian and German students

– lecture and slideshow on biodiversity in India by Vaishali

                                                                                            S. Thonemann

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