Outside of Bangalore
As we set out for our first rural site visit, I was excited to see what it was like outside of Bangalore. It was about two and a half hours to the village, Shrirangapattana, where we were visiting. The ride was beautiful. As I stared out the window, we passed by fields of palm and banana trees with hundreds of fruits hanging from them and a few sugar cane fields. The amount of trees were endless and there where so many different kinds I had never seen before. Every now and then you’d see a massive light orange rock placed randomly in the distance with a flat landscape surrounding it.
Sitting on the bus I couldn’t help but start to compare some of these things to back home. Some parts of the landscape reminded me of Joshua Tree National Park in California where the rocks faces are flat and tall and have a relatively smooth look to them. I couldn’t help but think about which of these rocks would make for a great rock-climbing spot or what the view might look like from the top.
At the end of the day we were given the opportunity to go on a short hike to the top of one of the hills that was nearby. Even though we were all exhausted from the long day of activities, almost all of us decided to go and I’m so glad that we did. The path was made up of big flat rock steps leading all the way to the top and we all raced up the stairs to try and catch the last part of the sunset. Once at the top you could see for miles. The flat landscape seemed to extend forever as we looked out over the land and watched the sunset. This reminded me of home.
Growing up in Seattle I always was outside doing some kind of outdoorsy adventure whether it was kayaking, hiking or climbing. Coming to Bangalore for three months, my only worry that I would lose the water and mountains that had surrounded me my entire life. Never did I think that the city of Bangalore would have as many trees and as much greenery as it does. I found a different kind of nature here and I absolutely love it. I have grown to love the massive trees that span the entirety of the road, the sky-high palm trees, and the flat landscape. There’s no doubt in my mind that I will miss Bangalore when I leave, but right now I’m so grateful to be in such a pretty place surrounded by such amazing people.