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  • Mountain Adventure and Hippies

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    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Last weekend was incredible. The Vargas' took me on a mountain hike. For all my time here I have been engaging in a staring contest with the mountain range in front of my house. Finally, I was being given the opportunity to explore this wild terrain, with a guide! Noe's family grew up in the mountains and many of his family members had lived up there for a number of years …

  • Aurobindo and the Mothership

    viehmannkl

    by: viehmannkl

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | Pondicherry, India

    I can't think of a better end to college than my experience here on Aurobindo and the Mother's spaceship playground.  The place is so full of contradictions, and in so many ways can be looked at as such a mess, but at the same time is so incredibly wonderful.  I'm sitting at a concrete table in the middle of a tropical deciduous evergreen forest, surrounded by hibiscus flowers and windchimes, …

  • Hog Wash at the Cheese Factory

    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Finding a topic for my Social Justice research project was exceedingly difficult. A goal for myself this semester that originated from my time at Findhorn has been to find project topics that will impact the community positively in one dimension or another. At Findhorn I held a women’s circle for my group and faculty. For my Tropical Ecology course I continued to collect data on Euglossini bee diversity in San …

  • Earth Day in Auroville: Earth Day is Everyday!!

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    kailash

    by: kailash

    created on: Apr 27, 2011 | India

        I am typically critical of honorary holidays such as Mother's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Earth Day.  Despite the positive aspects of supporting these themes with their own day, the shadow is hampering these issues to only 24-hours of time and space.  It is as if we can disregard the our mothers, social justice, and the earth every other day of the year because we celebrated it when the time was right.  …

  • Better Late Than Never

    celierodman

    by: celierodman

    created on: Apr 26, 2011 | India

    I wrote this a few weeks ago-thanks to computer problems and a hectic schedule haven't had a chance to post it yet!  Now that we’re back in Auroville for the last three weeks, we are starting to wrap things up (scary!). Part of this “wrapping up” involves a project that we’ve been working on since we moved into our community stays. We are divided up into three groups of six, working …

  • Catarata y Gallo

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    MelissaWinchell

    by: MelissaWinchell

    created on: Apr 26, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    A weekend in San Luis varies greatly. You can hang out with fellow Living Routers who mostly live 20 minutes away, you can hole in and do work, you can go adventuring in the nearby woods, or you can bond with the family. One of my favorite weekends involved most of these. After a long week of various assignments, I was finally going to have a restful weekend. We decided, as …

  • Musica y labora

    perryma191

    by: perryma191

    created on: Apr 26, 2011 | Afghanistan

    Two Thursdays ago, our group helped DP on his farm for the second time.  We were scheduled to meet at 7:00am.  I showed up a little early, and walked solo to the house DP and V.  "Upe!" I yelled to announce my presense.  V came to the door, we exchanged greetings, and I tried to explain in Spanish, "I am here with Ernestos group again, we …

  • Musica y labor

    perryma191

    by: perryma191

    created on: Mar 10, 2011 | Monteverde, Costa Rica

    The field notes presented were written on 2-28-11, but the events described occurred 2-19-11. Two Thursdays ago, our group helped DP on his farm for the second time.  We were scheduled to meet at 7:00am.  I showed up a little early, and walked solo to the house DP and V.  "Upe!" I yelled to announce my presense.  V came to the door, we exchanged greetings, and I tried to explain in …

  • Final Countdown

    ecmomoak

    by: ecmomoak

    created on: Apr 26, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Finally things have begun to feel familiar, and next week is time to leave.  I find myself biking home thinking, is this the last time i'll see the sunset on this path? i try to soak it in, but the melancholy feeling i get when i think about leaving sometimes overtakes me. so i breathe deep and remember that im in india. out of my comfort zone, but comfortable. and …

  • the sun is setting

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    rebeccaautumn

    by: rebeccaautumn

    created on: Apr 26, 2011 | Auroville, India

    So this entry is coming a bit later than it should; there's less than one week left of this trip! Time flies in the tropics....... This is a written journal entry that should have been posted months ago from my first trip into Pondicherry: This is a lot to process: these complexities of the polarities I am observing from a state of equilibrium. Yet as (blank) complained about the catored food we will …

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