Tuesday, January 31, 2012
|Group shot at a museum in Dhule|
|Dana controls slides as Prakash presents at the Rotary Club of Dhule|
|Group shot at Shri Grishneshwar|
|Onlooking one of the caves at Ellora|
|In front of Bibi Ka Maqbara (...not the Taj Mahal!)|
|Children performing at their school's republic day festivities|
|Dhule Republic Day Parade|
|Presenting at the Rotary Club of Dhule (2nd club)|
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
We left Wadhwan City on the the 15th of January and headed for Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat state. Here we celebrated the kite flying festival, visited Ghandinagar, and even watched Mission Impossible 4 in Hindi.
|Dana and Jessica preparing Kites|
|The skies above Gujarat were filled with thousands of kites|
|The team overlooking terraces filled with people of all ages flying kites|
|The team, preparing to leave Ahmedabad for Anand|
After an amazing 3 days in Bhavnagar, the team travelled to Wadwhan City and Surendranagar. After lunch at Hotel Boston, we visited a school for the blind and a Rotary park project. We then gave our presentation to the Rotary Club that evening.
|Mid day break to practice flying kites at the home of a Rotarian|
|Prakasam and Elliot clap as two blind students perform a song|
|Blind students play cricket on the playgrounds|
|Dana and Jessica presenting at the Rotary Club meeting|
We woke up around 5am on January 9 to depart from Keshod. It took 6 hours to reach Bhavnagar, where we spent the next three nights. We spent the first day with our host families, which included tours of the city, flying kites, and shopping.
|Elliot on his way home after dinner with friends of his host family|
|Early breakfast before the 1-2 hour trip up to the temples|
|Ayo, at one of the summits at Palitana|
|Dana and Prakasam with students from the Ray of Hope Child Care Center|
On January 11, we first visited a couple of Rotary sponsored schools, then spent the afternoon with specialists in our vocations. In the evening, we gave our presentation to the two Rotary Clubs of Bhavnagar.
|The team with students at the K.L Institute for the deaf|
|Ayo and Dana sit at the back of a class where the Rotary Club has donated desks|
|Joint meeting for the Rotary Clubs of Bhavnagar|
We then moved onto our next city, Keshod, where we stayed for just one night. In Keshod, we visited the GIR National Wildlife Sanctuary and met many great Rotarians who also accompanied us to the temple at Somnath.
|Traditional lunch at the home of Rotarian Hitesh Chaniyara|
|The team in front of the entrance to GIR Wildlife Sanctuary|
|We caught a lion waking up on our tour of the sanctuary|
We spent our second day in Porbandar exploring many important sites in the city, including the birthplace of Ghandi, temples at Hari Mandir, and Caves at Jambuvanti. We spent the evening visiting an industrial site and then attended at the Rotary Club of Ranavav.
|Jessica, walking into the home where Mahatma Ghandi was born|
|Elliot and Ayo in front of Shri Hari Mandir|
|Ayo and Dana, swarmed by a group of school children|
|Entrance to the caves at Jambuvanti|
|Prakasam, presenting at the Rotary Club of Ranavav|