In December, Shansi awarded nine Oberlin students the opportunity to work, study, and emerse themselves in Asia for the next two years. I feel utterly blessed to be one of the nine and become part of this wonderful community. For the past three weeks, we have been exploring the ins and outs of teaching, what to expect while living in our host countries, and getting to know one another. I could not have picked a better group of individuals to share this experience.
Shansi Fellows ‘13-‘15
This blog will eventually turn into my “living abroad in India” blog. For now, I hope to share my experiences as I wrap up my last semester of college (and graduate!) and prepare to depart for India :)
Boston’s Freedom Trail.
There’s so much history in Boston, it’s absolutely incredible. Wish it wasn’t all about dead white guys though.
Sam Adams Brewery.
I mean, I couldn’t be in Boston and not go to the Sam Adams brewery. After all it is a free tour with free beer :)
My friend Michelle and I decided to go one weekend, bright and early to try to beat out the crowd. It’s super easy to get to from the T, especially with all the signs pointing towards the brewery.
Our tour guide was great! He gave a detailed description as to how beer is made and let us try some of the barely that goes into beer.
The facility is pretty small so the tour was a quick one, but everyone enjoyed the free beer tasting at the end. We got to try 3 Sam Adams beers: Boston lager, Summer Ale, and Brick Red (which is only sold on tap in Boston).
We wrapped up our morning with another round of beer and cheese sticks. The brewery offered a free shuttle to Doyle’s after the tour, which was the first place in Boston that bought Sam Adams beer. If you order a Sam Adams beer, you get to take the glass home afterwards!
Never thought I would spend my summer in Boston! So far, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the city and meet a ton of new folks. It’s no where near as big as Chicago, but I love the fact that I can basically walk everywhere. :)
Longfellow bridge - I get to pass the Charles river every morning (one of the best views of the city) :)
In Central Square.
Harvard! To tell you the truth, I didn’t realize Harvard was in Cambridge until I got to Boston…oops. :)
I guess it’s good luck to rub Harvard’s foot?
Harvard Square - one of my favorite places
What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country…we are seized by a vague fear, and the instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This is the most obvious benefit of travel. At that moment we are feverish but also porous, so that the slightest touch makes us quiver to the depths of our being…This is why we should not say that we travel for pleasure. There is no pleasure in travelling, and I look upon it as an occasion for spiritual testing…Pleasure takes us away from ourselves in the same way that distraction, as in Pascal’s use of the word, takes us away from God. Travel, which is like a greater and graver science, brings us back to ourselves.
I’m backkk! :)
Sorry for being MIA :( After my program ended I traveled Europe for two weeks and then I spent the month of January recovering from jet lag. I’ll be posting pictures soon! Till then, enjoy the Super Bowl game today :)