Sorry for being slow with the updates! We are two pretty busy women, trying to do both work and fun things while we are here :)
So, how is our project going? We can say one thing for sure, it is super hard to get something done in this heat (we need a lot of power naps during the days) and one of us is always a little bit sick! We have also noticed that to make one or two interviews in this country you have to book the whole day! To go one kilometer in this infrastructure takes forever! The other day we were going 25 kilometers by cab…guess how long? 2 hours! The price is better than home though, lucky enough ;) Here you can rent a private driver all day and still don’t get ruined, fancy it is!
We have made all of the interviews with the cotton farmers in Aurangabad. It was an exciting journey in many ways! First of all, when the cab came to pick us up the backseat did not have seat belts and we were going to drive for 4 days in India’s hectic traffic. We did not feel safe at all the first 30 minutes. When we stopped to pick up our interpreter we found the seat belts by our own J the driver claimed that the seats did not have the holes that were necessary and therefore they were hidden under the seat. Also the taxi drivers here just “use” the seat belt in the city for show, without buckling up. So to sum it up, safety awareness barely exists. Lovisa once got everyone to put the seat belt on, when she was telling them about the creator of the seat belt and how he did not patent it, because he wanted to save lives. As you can imagine she is a very good talker that could convince anyone! Lovisa also thought that we would be able to drive a little bit by our own on the countryside, but she quickly changed her mind ;) So from now on we promise to not complain of our husbands/boyfriends driving, perhaps not even our fathers in law ;)
Tomorrow we are leaving Mumbai and NITIE College for Goa. We are sad to leave our newfound friends but exited for new adventures! Also it is about time we start writing which is probably easier if we don’t have so many fun things on the agenda. So if anyone reading this has any ideas for things to do, see or where to stay in Goa, please let us know!
Another interesting thing about India is that everyone knows what their name means and therefore we get asked this frequently. So…
Lots of love from…
Lovisa- The fighter &
Malin- The faithful and thoughtful
Also we are interested in what your name means? So feel free to leave the meaning as a comment on the blog! =)
Ps. Pictures are coming soon!