India Study Tour - Last Day
So the India Study Tour comes to an end *tear*. What a jam packed tour it has been! Being a part of this tour has made me realise why I chose Deakin for further study. This opportunity has allowed me to study in another country where I was able to experience another culture and way of life. I leave India with some of the greatest memories- the rickshaw ride through the crazy traffic in Old Delhi, the eating of ridiculous amounts of naan , the beautiful taj, accepting that elephants and camels are a legitimate mode of transport and the constant honking of the traffic. But most importantly I leave this tour with a different outlook on life, a more informed view of the world we live in and people that will remain life long friends. Thank you Deakin :)
India Study Tour - Day 16
The day of the long awaited visit to Dharavi slum - one of the largest slums in the world. I was a bit apprehensive to visit Dharavi initially as we were told that it was a dangerous place and we’re advised against going. I personally, was more nervous about witnessing extreme cases of poverty and my reaction to this as a result. To my surprise, as we made our way through the slum, it was evident that there was an established community, diverse in religion and ethnicity. The place was bustling with activity, crushing plastic and making leather, just a few of the activities. It was interesting to note, although the people are not living in the best of standards, it was very organised and walking past the small homes and having a peek inside some through the cloth used as a door, I could see televisions and feel the flow of air con. In saying this, the photo above shows the lack of hygiene as the waste from the toilets drops directly into the polluted water below.
All in all, what I was expecting to see was completely different to what I actually saw. But then again, it was a tour and you only see what they want you to see.
In Tokyo, I was fortunate enough to visit the Australian Embassy! I also met Bruce Miller who was the Ambassador for the Embassy. He told us of all the people who have visited the Embassy and even shown us around his spectacular garden inside. There was a tree within the garden which was planted by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This was in remembrance for the people who passed away in the 2011 Fukushima Tsunami. An absolute privilege to have come here!
The Memorial Park was the one of the sights I was looking most forward to on this trip. During my Japanese education, I was taught much about the Hiroshima bombing and the effect it has had on the world - I even watched some documentaries in my own time.
However, going to the museum, watching the eye opening videos with real footage and seeing all the hard work put into paper cranes was what was most intense. I was speechless.
I was so interested in all the information provided, such as Kyoto being a short listed target for the bombing attack and I was pleased by the Japanese people as they consistently push the United Nations to change their policy on nuclear weapons.
India Study Tour - Day 11
On the move again! As we enter South Mumbai the change in architecture is striking. If it wasn’t for the Indian community, I would have thought we had just entered Europe. The British rule of Mumbai is definitely evident in the architecture and a lot can be seen with a stroll through the city.
When in Mumbai, you must visit Leopold’s Cafe. Always buzzing with people, mainly tourists, it provides a delish menu of both local Indian and Western foods. Don’t make the mistake of leaving and not trying the chocolate lava cake. Drool!