I heard from one of the Norwegians, who was registering today, that the college is currently at max capacity for international students (40). Some of those students are being housed at my hotel. Tonight is a “mixer” of sorts for international students, and I look forward to meeting them.
Eventually I will move to campus (March 1st), but for now I will stay where I am. And this is where I am. I am in room number 4 of Ananda Bhavan Hotel. It is a small little room painted a lovely Pepto-Bismol pink color. A small lockable closet (where Gentry lives) sits off in the corner. There are two small, rather firm, beds and two “bedside” tables.
|The closet in my room.|
There is not much more to my place than that. There is laundry service for 5 rupees/piece if I leave my clothes in a bag outside my door with my name on it. The room is cleaned every four days (or at least once a week) at my discretion; I just leave my room key with the night guard. There is a night guard that comes at 5:00pm and leaves at 7:30am. Like many Indian residences, the door locks from the outside with a large bolt and padlock. From the inside, it locks with two sliding bolts. It serves its purpose. The nice thing about my place is that one light and the fan will continue to work during an outage. Many places are not like that.
As far as clothing, I did not pack properly. I was misinformed. Traditional Indian attire is best. My advice, come a day early and buy clothes once you are here. Pack REALLY light. Long, loose tops are preferred. Scrub pants are tolerated. That is the best advice I have for clothing for females. Males, slacks and button up shirts are the standard.
I must run off to the “mixer” now. My love to all, and thank you for the thoughts, comments, and prayers.