Travel Journals And Articles

  • Intro and some Extra

    persephone_rivka

    by: persephone_rivka

    created on: Aug 22, 2010 | Kibbutz Lotan, Israel

    What are my hopes and desires for this upcoming semester? I want my brain to be fresh and stirring, whirring with profound provocative thoughts instead of blocked, I’m writing to warm it up, put it on a slow cook until it boils and froths and I’m steaming droplets of knowledge. Wisdom. It comes from experience.  Have I experienced much?  At times I feel like I never learned the basics. It will …

  • Bringing it Home

    lauram

    by: lauram

    created on: May 12, 2011 | Findhorn, Scotland

    As we sit in our final Living Curriculum Session listening to our focalizers Melissa and Andrea fill us in our final wrapping up details; what we need to do to clean up all the spaces, the schedules for the final days, and other small details to ensure that we are all prepared to leave in a week’s time, a feeling of anxiety fills me. It seems in the last few …

  • The circle is open, but never broken...

    andreav

    by: andreav

    created on: May 03, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Being a tourist can be transformative. Living, being, sharing experiences with those whom you are "touisting" creates a situation beyond transformation. So many in our group have captivated this gleaning the benefits, which they will take home, and integrate into their own lives. Our last week here together in Auroville, was full! We shared our learnings via a tree metaphore, the roots (sources of activities and influences), the trunk (beliefs, …

  • The Search of the Unknown

    FunkyMonk311

    by: FunkyMonk311

    created on: May 03, 2011 | Pondicherry, India

    It is all about what one makes of their opportunities.  From stepping off the plane to traveling and living in the 'city of human unity,' we all have grown and blossomed into the fruit of insight.   It’s hard to convey what we have learned but man did we have a good time!  A journey of silly games, living in tranquility, back flipping into a well to cool off after a …

  • FOOD!

    ArieLadybird

    by: ArieLadybird

    created on: May 02, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Food. Everyone eats it. eVeryone needs it. So how does it work here in Auroville? That's what my research group focused on throughout our semester. We got to visit a handful of Auroville's farms, the foundation of the local food supply. There's Anapurna farm, where an expansive 130 acres supply 2% of Auroville's grain. Solitude, Buddha Garden, Windarra and Siddhartha, and the new Brihaspati and Ayyarpady farms, which produce somewhere …

  • Life So Far

    ArieLadybird

    by: ArieLadybird

    created on: May 02, 2011 | Auroville, India

    I've been in India for over a month now, and thought it about time to check in back home (if yours is changed and inspiring you I'd love to hear about it!). I've been living in Auroville, a strange place of social and environmental experimentation, where you can get lost in accents from Southern India, Europe, the Middle East, occasionally America and any other place you can think of. Auroville …

  • Pre-semester thoughts

    ArieLadybird

    by: ArieLadybird

    created on: May 02, 2011 | Auroville, India

    I'm standing in my parents driveway, a foot deep in snow with a mango in my hand and the juices running down my face and wrist. There's something inherently wrong with this. Mangos don't grow here in Massachusetts, especially not during winter. In two days, I'm flying to where they do grow, where I can eat their tropical flesh and not feel that pang of cognitive dissonance of eating cross-globally. …

  • expectations will always be exceeded if you dont have any.

    rai_of_shine

    by: rai_of_shine

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Auroville, India

    the experiences that i create in my head to be something that they are not, never end up the way I imagine them to be. Those experiences that I arrive at with arms wide open always surpass anything i can imagine. The beauty is in the continual experience of something new, so how could I formulate the experience in my mind from only old memories. By not comparing my future …

  • Seedbank Gardens

    DhakDhakGirl

    by: DhakDhakGirl

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Afghanistan

    As part of my Food Group capstone project, we visited Pebble Garden, an organic seedbank garden.  Bernard and Deepika founded this garden in 1994. When they began, it was entirely pebbles and laterite soil, hence its name. Using the only available biomass on site- the acacia trees –they created a fertile garden.  They collected the fallen acacia leaves and broke them into small pieces by hand. Then they layered this …

  • Last Full Day

    ljhorgan88

    by: ljhorgan88

    created on: May 01, 2011 | Auroville, India

    As the time winds down, I am finishing up last minute tasks while still trying to enjoy my time here.  I made a list of the tasks I have to do like packing, washing clothes, closing my account…ect.  In a few minutes, I will go on my last trip to Koolipalium.  I am going to Farm Fresh to get goodies for the plane and the beach.  My friend and I have …