Varanasi, India: On the Fringe of Fire

Varanasi, India: On the Fringe of Fire

Dear Lunch Table, There are many ways to die and there are many ways to give respects to a body: Christians bury, Zoroastrians are cleansed and put in dakhmas (wide towers), and Hindus burn. In Varanasi, ghats are scattered along the Ganges river, where every night bodies of loved ones are cremated. It was the […]

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Amritsar, India: Stacking Plates in a Golden Temple

Amritsar, India: Stacking Plates in a Golden Temple

Dear Lunch Table, I’ve been observing. People watching. Yes, it’s been fun . . . Anyway, I’ve started to notice that the people of India are, well, religious. Okay, I’m a Unitarian Universalist, a UU, which is more of a way of treating people than a religion. Main idea? Accept everyone. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, […]

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Jim Corbett National Park, India: Elephants, Peacocks, No Tigers . . . Oh, My.

Jim Corbett National Park, India: Elephants, Peacocks, No Tigers . . . Oh, My.

Dear Lunch Table, A safari into the midst of an Indian forest has many possible outcomes. For one, an adventurer might end up lost forever, wandering aimlessly through dark green bushes, voice lost to the echoes and shouts of wild monkeys and screaming birds. Or the explorer could end up perfectly fine after a successful […]

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Rishikesh, India: Wedding Crashers

Rishikesh, India: Wedding Crashers

Dear Lunch Table, I’m a wedding crasher. Yup . . . but I wasn’t alone. Our whole yoga class, all ten of us, decided to crash an Indian wedding mainly for the food but also for the experience. Can you do the Can-Can? I can’t. Okay, so I guess it’s not exactly called “crashing” if […]

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Rishikesh, India: Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Life in an Ashram.

Rishikesh, India: Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Life in an Ashram.

Dear Lunch Table, First of all, it’s 2012, which means it’s time for some online celebrating, so YIPEE! The weirdest part about the new year is that I was living in 2012 exactly 10 1/2 hours before you guys in Florida got around to dropping the Pineapple. Yes, bizarre. Happy New Year! Cooper and Dylan, […]

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Brussels, Belgium: Forget Chemistry. Let’s Learn About Food Science.

Brussels, Belgium: Forget Chemistry. Let’s Learn About Food Science.

Dear Lunch Table, Waffles. Chocolate. Chocolate Waffles. Yeah . . . I’m in Belgium. Food affects teenage attitudes. It’s pretty simple science. good for you food (broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus) = good attitude bad for you food (gummy bears, chocolate, cookies) = bad attitude But Cal and I have, well, reinterpreted this science to create […]

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Florida, United States: And the Snowmen Will Melt

Florida, United States: And the Snowmen Will Melt

Dear Lunch Table, It was great to see all of you! I have missed you guys so much, and it was so much fun to talk and be competitive with each other again. I just want to clarify one thing: no matter what my dad says, AwkTurt and I created, by far, the best gingerbread […]

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Somewhere in Uruguay: Route . . . ???

Somewhere in Uruguay: Route . . . ???

Dear Lunch Table, There are two distinct parts of our two-week Uruguay trip, and for the purpose of this story I will label part 1, Isolation with the Sheep, and part 2, I See People. Yes, weird titles. Okay, so I could go into how the second part of our Uruguay trip, I See People, […]

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Iguazú Falls, Argentina: A Magical Place Where Half-Eaten Pizza Crusts Go Missing

Dear Lunch Table, There is something incredibly magical, yet at the same time quite insane, about sitting underneath thousands of pounds of water that drench everything about you, so much so that you don’t even feel like you’re getting wet. Sitting in a boat underneath Iguazú Falls was my insanely magical adventure. Yes, I’m alive […]

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Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fútbol – Which Way Do I Go?

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fútbol – Which Way Do I Go?

Dear Lunch Table, Sometimes my brain hibernates . . . Yeah, I probably should explain. A few days ago, Cal and I sprinted into an indoor soccer complex. We watched players trot from one field to the second field for 22 seconds (okay, maybe it was 37 seconds), and then, speaking in Spanish, we asked […]

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