Isabel Henderson - Bridge Year India
I am a Jersey girl - born, bred, and educated in the armpit of America. It’s not unusual to find me weeding lettuce, collecting green chicken eggs, or knee-deep in horse manure while mucking stalls at my homestead in Bedminster, NJ. I attended Bernards High School and participated in every extracurricular I could get my hands on (before tragically falling victim to senioritis). This included the school newspaper, student government, and environmental club. I was also a three-season runner, and I might dare to walk on to Princeton’s talented (and intimidating!) track team next year. I have prior experience with hiking and pushing the limits of personal hygiene through my adventures in the wilderness with Outward Bound, which inspired me to apply for Bridge Year. As an enthusiastic home cook, I am salivating at the opportunity to learn more about Indian cuisine. I will miss my miniature tabby cat, Sponge, the most during my stay in India and plan to Skype with her at least once a week.
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Posted Mar 23, 2012
When I told Daniel, our program advisor, about my desire to learn tailoring as my independent study project, he naturally asked, "Do you know how to sew?
"Oh yeah," I replied, "I've made a few things on my machine at home." Somehow forgetting that Banaras, the “City of Light”, would be more aptly named “City of Light (From Three to Five but Don't Count on It).” Frequent power cuts render my familiarity with an electric machine useless.
Posted Nov 22, 2011
The other day, I had my first “this-place-is-going-to-be-hard-to-leave” moment. I was setting off firecrackers on my roof with my host family and friends, a practice that is common during the celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. Banaras is starting to feel like home.
I am living with a mother, father, eight-year-old brother, and thirteen-year-old sister in a beautiful house near Tulsi ghat.