I was really concerned about how much internet access I would have, but it’s really not been a problem at all. First of all, I can go to cafes. I haven’t yet. I don’t feel comfortable enough navigating in the city yet, but hopefully soon I will. But the institute I’m studying at has wifi and I’m welcome to stay several hours after class ends if I want using the wifi. I can also connect my phone to it, so I’ve been able to send iMessages and use google maps on my phone, which I like.
I also feel more comfortable in my host family’s home already. I had been trying to speak Hindi, but then yesterday it seemed like other people in my program were speaking English with my host family. I’m still trying to speak Hindi when I know how to say what I want to say in Hindi, but otherwise I have been speaking English and that has allowed them (my host mom especially) to get to know me better. Tonight she is taking me shopping (yay, so excited).
Right now I’m at the institute. It’s 2:20pm here. I’m going to hang out until 3:00 (chai time), have some chai, then go to home and go shopping with Kirti Jii (host mom).
Friday afternoon the institute is taking us on an excursion around the city and Saturday I’m going to an Indian wedding. Today I met my language partner, an Indian student who will meet with me for one hour a week. She seems very nice. I asked her what she does with her friends and she said she goes shopping and eats at restaurants. That doesn’t sound like what I do with my friends at all…hahaha. Also, next week I will start Indian cooking classes!