Via Facebook chat:
Zach (a close friend from home, attends Northwestern University): So what is the town like that you stay in? Can you just walk around and stroll? Or is it more rural?
Me: Basically campus is this gated area and we are 10 km or something from Pondicherry, which is the real city.
Me: So you can take the bus in for 4 rupees, it takes 20 or 30 minutes.
Me: So this “highway” called the ECR (East Coast Road) runs right by campus, and you can cross that and there are restaurants and stands and stuff. Today, after yoga class, Leah and i got a banana milkshake, literally on the side of the road.
Zach: Ohhhhh I didn’t know you had an actual campus
Me: Like, cars/buses/cattle are whizzing by
Zach: Haha whoa
Me: Yeah, it’s Pondicherry University
Zach: That seems like authentic India to me.
Me: For sure.
Zach: Except the milkshake part…
Me: Well, I never get any dairy in my diet.