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    God bless Texas

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    HOUSTON — I'm home. An hour ago, after 30 hours of traveling, the Rotary Group Study Exchange to Kerala, India, ended when our plane touched down in Houston. I'm sitting on the last flight waiting for take off to Corpus ...

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    A few more hours of India

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    TRIVANDRUM — After three hours of shuffling luggage, paying baggage overage fees and watching security thoroughly pick through our carry-on luggage, my Rotary Group Study Exchange teammate Janine Campbell looked at me and uttered, "This is how you know God ...

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    Don't want to say goodbye

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    Today is my last full day in Trivandrum before traveling back to the United States. It's hard to believe that I'll be home Sunday, and this experience in India will be over. There are mixed feelings surfacing at the close ...

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    This one time, in India, I met a king

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    When the birds crowed Wednesday morning and I was preparing for the day, there was no indication that my evening would be spent at a palace chatting with a king. When does that happen in real life? Never. But apparently, ...

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    A message from Maharajah

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    I was finally released from the hospital yesterday, and it was nice to spend the day with my team again. We were scheduled to meet the Maharajah of Travancore, Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, at the royal palace yesterday at 10:30 ...

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    This patient will self-destruct in 30 seconds

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    TRIVANDRUM — I was supposed to be discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon, but at the last minute doctors decided to move forward with additional tests. So against my wishes, I was forced to stay another night in this hospital ...

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    Back in the hospital, but at least there's HBO

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    Last night, after much discussion with my American doctor and members of Rotary, I was admitted to the hospital for further testing. Since arriving in India, I’ve been experiencing swelling in my legs, fever and other symptoms. And for the ...

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    A thousand faces staring back at me

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    Yesterday was an important day for the Rotary Group Exchange Team. It was presentation day at the Kerala District 3211 state conference. We’ve been preparing for our presentation for the past several months, knowing there would be more than 1,500 ...

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    Technical difficulties

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    TRIVANDRUM — I’ve always thought of India as the land where technology problems are solved. With so much American outsourcing to India, it’s common to call for tech support for various mobile devices, computer systems, Internet troubleshooting – and reach ...

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    I feel pretty

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    Indian women are beautiful. They’re sassy and blunt, and they love to tell you what to do. I find myself giving in to whatever they suggest for me, whether it’s eating a 10th helping of chicken curry or wearing my ...

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    Christians do yoga, too

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    I had an interesting conversation today regarding Christianity and yoga. I met an Indian Catholic who was formally an avid yoga participant. Until a few years ago, when he suffered an injury that forced him to retire from yoga, he ...

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    Back where we started

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    TRIVANDRUM — Yesterday was one of the longest and busiest days we've experienced so far in Kerala. Our first program started about 9 a.m., and we continued working until midnight. We also traveled back to Trivandrum, where we first landed ...

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    Learning about leprosy

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    ADOOR — We arrived in Adoor yesterday, our last stop before heading back to Kerala’s capital, Trivandrum. Since we only had one day and night to spend in this city, our Rotarian guides organized a full day of events to ...

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    Terrorism and juice boxes

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    We visited our first mosque today. Well, I should say that we visited the outside of a mosque today. When we arrived at the Old Masjid (mosque) in Changanacherry, a group of men who oversee the building promptly alerted me ...

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    Riding elephants

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    I wasn't sure I wanted to do it again. Riding an elephant the first time was terrifying enough. And this time, I would have someone riding behind me. If she fell, I most certainly would fall too. Why man decided ...

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    Sleeping at the temples

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    After a family-style breakfast yesterday morning in Alleppey (of which I was restricted to two hard-boiled eggs and a piece of toast) we “made a move” to the city of Ranni. In India, when it’s time to leave, you say, ...