A little Rilke.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke (via Goodreads)

India by the Numbers.

Number of…

Mosquito/spider bites on my right foot/ankle: 14
Mosquito/spider bites on my left foot/ankle: 16
Times I spray myself with mosquito repellent each day: 3
Gallon buckets of water required for my daily bucket shower: 1.5
Chappati it takes to fill me up: 2
Pictures I’ve taken since I’ve been here: 231
Pictures Leah has taken since we’ve been here: over 1200
Blogs started by people in the program: 9 (out of 16)
Times a day my mom checks this blog: several (3? 4?)

Kilometers from Pondicherry University into town (“Pondy”): between 5 and 14, depending on who you ask
Rupees for a bus ride into town: 4
Rupees to the dollar: 45
Candy bars you can buy for 100 rupees: 10
Jars of peanut butter floating around the hostel: 16
Times it takes Alex to put an adapter in the wall: at least 3
Computer Centre IT guys that attempt to fix Alex’s wifi: 3
People that it takes to actually fix Alex’s wifi: 1 (girl)

Days we’ve been here: 20
Vowels in Tamil: 12
Consonants in Tamil: 18
9-year-old boys at our first surf lesson: 6