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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, ...

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    Prayers and healing

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    Since arriving in Kerala nearly three weeks ago, I’ve spent most of my mornings waking up to the sounds of temple prayers and chanting. It’s a sound I’ve been correlating to India; something I knew I’d take back with me ...

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    Falling off the wellness wagon

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    Yesterday was a bad day. I went to sleep the night before feeling healthy and on the path to recovery. I woke up in the middle of the night with some delightful new symptoms feared by every traveler. I tried ...

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    14 days of kankles

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    There's nothing worse than being sick in a foreign country, especially when there's a language barrier. You don't know how to get to a doctor, or what the medical and insurance process will be. And if you find a hospital, ...

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    'Where at least I know I'm free'

    By jpreyss in The Land of the Gods

    The more time I spend in India, the more I notice the strong cultural differences between the United States and India. The food and environmental differences are obvious. But there are many subtle differences in male and female behavior that ...

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