By: Mitchell Petit-Frere

‘Ello everyone.

Tomorrow’s the day! I’m embarking on a trip to India with a group of fellow International Communication graduate students from St. John’s University.

The reason for the trip is to attend a Graduate Symposium on Sustainable Development in Goa, hosted by our program director, Dr. Basilio Monteiro. However, Goa won’t be our only stop in India. We’ll also take time to explore Delhi, Agra and Jaipur (ie: the Golden Triangle).

I have no idea what to expect, but I’ll do my best to keep you in the loop via this blog with pictures, videos and as much writing as I can muster up. 

Even better, I won’t be the only contributor. Various students in our group will supply content throughout the trip. With that said, enjoy what we post and feel free to comment! We couldn’t be more excited for this journey and to share as much of it with you as possible.

Here’s a basic outline of our itinerary:

January 2: Departure from the United States
January 4: Arrival in India (!!!)
January 4-8: Stay in Northern India + Exploration of the Golden Triangle
January 8-16: Stay in Goa
January 9-10: SJU Graduate Symposium on Sustainable Development
January 17: Departure from India

p.s. Shoutout to Oscar for the phenomenal [and #punny] blog name.

One thought on “India Beckons

  1. Fellow Sojourners….
    Welcome to the land of extremes!!! Extreme wealth ..extreme poverty; extreme generosity and hospitality…extreme exploitation. It is a land of mysticism … without necessarily being religious…
    This little experiment of understanding what and how of sustainable development, it will take you to an island of glorious history – Divar (Diwar). It is a charming piece of land where communing with the nature comes easy.. In the last few decades it is has been in the eye of luxury tourism development. You will descend right in the middle of a hot controversy known as RP21 – it is about regional development…and the people are feeling overpowered by big multi-national corporations duly aided by the local government. It is a perfect time to study and understand the what and how of sustainable development.
    For two days – January 9 and 10 you will have an opportunity to interact with the people, learn the context for development that is sustainable. You will walk the land and get a feel for the place and for its residents.
    Not too far from Divar there is another controversy is brewing

    India will charm you but leave you troubled… India will tug you… not knowing what is about.. That is why most visitors keep returning …not knowing what the attachment is…
    Cheers!!! Viva Goa!!!


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