India Summer 2016: Day 9 – Last Day in Bangalore
In 2016 we are leading 4 high school summer trips. You can read all about our Global Innovators trips or get in touch to ask us any questions about the programs. Our 2016 India trip focuses on global healthcare, technology, and innovation. During the trip, students take turns writing a daily blog post to describe their project process and exploration, follow along here. After breakfast, we stayed at Mass Residency in order to work in small groups of two or three people. This was the first time that we were entirely focused on a single idea regarding public health, and everyone was focused on developing their project with their partners. After a few very productive hours, we headed out to explore the city, one last time.
First, we visited the ISKCON Temple of Bangalore, which is a huge Hindu temple with sprawling stairs and large towers. Someone commented that walking to the main building felt like going on a roller coaster ride, due to the guard railings which followed us as we entered the main temple minutes before the building closed to the public. While leaving the temple, we passed many shops selling religious books and merchandise, and were offered a vegetarian stew (sambar???) in a small bowl made out of banana leaves.
After the temple visit, we headed to the Orion Mall for lunch. Most people chose Sbarro for a refreshing break and enjoyed the taste of pizza and pasta, while some opted for even more South Indian food and mango lassi. Once everyone finished eating, we went to Commercial Street to explore the crowded marketplace and put our bargaining skills to the test. People bought jewelry, scarves, and small gifts. We tried on saris and experienced the complicated dressing process for ourselves, although ultimately only a few bought the traditional outfit. Finally, we left the market to visit an Indian classic for dinner: California Pizza Kitchen. We had a great time at CPK, but were uncomfortably aware of how our wonderful trip was drawing to a close. We hugged and said goodbye to Sanju, who had helped us for most of our time in Bangalore and had invited us into her rural home. Finally, we returned to Mass Residency to pack and prepare for our early flight to Delhi the next morning.