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  • Pre-departure sentiments

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    by: bettnyrose

    created on: Jan 21, 2011 | Wisconsin, United States

    After talking, sharing, thinking, writing, worrying, and dreaming about Auroville, it is on the horizon at last, and so close I can practically FEEL it. Although still sitting in my home of Shorewood, Wisconsin, I already feel a sense of community with my future Aurovillians. This notion of community and a shared interest, which has always been imperative in my life, is one of the characteristics which drew …

  • A few dwindling hours


    by: JAK

    created on: Jan 20, 2011 | Massachusetts, United States

    Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000176 EndHTML:0000004868 StartFragment:0000002361 EndFragment:0000004832 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/Julie/Desktop/india/first%20blog.doc As I sit in my favorite local coffee shop one last time before our journey begins I gaze out on my little New England town covered in snow, and try to image how different my life will be in just a few short days. It has finally become too dangerous to ride my …

  • The Journey Begins


    by: JuliaMiller

    created on: Jan 20, 2011 | New Jersey, United States

    Hello Everyone!  My name is Julia Miller and I am a sophomore, Journalism major at the University of New Hampshire with a minor in Sustainable Living.  While my career ambition is to become a journalist, I have a passion for the planet.  This is partially how I ended up embarking on this great adventure to Auroville in Tamil Nadu, India. I've always been absolutely enamored by indian culture and have been curious about …

  • Pre-semester entry to my journey to India


    by: sammywolf

    created on: Jan 20, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Hey everyone! My name is Sammy Wolf, I am currently a junior at the University if Vermont studying Community and International Development. I spent the first half of my winter break nannying for a family throughout Brussels and Israel, and the second half mindlessly walking around and going out in the city and being what my mom calls a “lox” on the couch. I am so amped for this new …

  • Introduction


    by: DhakDhakGirl

    created on: Jan 19, 2011 | United States

    My name is Missy Rice. I'm excited to explore Auroville with you. I am an environmental studies student at Mount Holyoke College, a liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts (and the first women's college in the world!). I think that Americans like myself can learn a lot from intentional communities like Auroville and specifically Indian practices of environmentalism and nonviolence. I spent last summer …

  • Tomorrow!!


    by: celierodman

    created on: Jan 20, 2011 | United States

    Wow! I can't believe we're actually going tomorrow. I wish this day came sooner! As I was doing my first journal assignment, I reflected a bit on how these past few months have made me feel like a broken record when people ask me what I'll be doing in India- "I'll be living in an eco village in southeast India, it's an international community..." But what does this all mean? …

  • Anticipation


    by: viehmannkl

    created on: Jan 20, 2011 | Indiana, United States

    It is officially the day before the day I strap on my backpack and step on a plane.  The day before the day I have been anticipating.  There is such a beauty in the day before... in the time between.  Maybe it's a good time to find the ground before lift off.  It's a good time to be thankful, to call people I love, to tie up loose ends.  It's …

  • Phase 1- Packing and Preplane-ride Mentality


    by: rebeccaautumn

    created on: Jan 20, 2011 | Massachusetts, United States

    Item (5) Set up your weblog account and upload one pre-semester weblog entry [Check] Navigating through the endless internet processes and paperwork can be challenging when your on winter break... Especially with all the good cross country skiing and skating conditions. After skiing everyday for about a week with my partner it's finally time for school. He's back in Boston and I'm sitting next to a pile of packed luggage, tying up …

  • Pre Semester Assignment


    by: ecmomoak

    created on: Jan 19, 2011 | United States

    my name is Emma. I am really excited and nervous for this experience, living in Auroville. I am interested in studying abroad in an ecovillage because the typical abroad program left me wanting more. I have been frustrated with traditional education systems in the US-like college, and most recently took a semester off from school all together. This opportunity to travel to India has come at the perfect …

  • From the Hammock


    by: Jreeddoyle

    created on: Jan 18, 2011 | Tarapoto, Peru

    From the hammock: I am a feast for insects! Aside from that, I've been lucky enough to take part in several very historic happenings here in Lamas concerning the indigenous population's representation in the local and regional governments. The footage I have shot on my video camera is absolutely stunning! Peru is amazing, and there are many places still yet to explore. I've stayed …

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