Student Exchange Daly College: Spirituality, Colour & Opulence

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This phrase is written outside the Lotus Temple, a Bahá’í temple, located in New Delhi, India’s capital. It is dedicated to the messenger of the gods, Bahá’u’lláh, who believed that all religions were created in order for humans to live in harmony among each other. The Bahá’í religion supports people of all faiths to have free practice of their religion, to become better people.

Here’s a riddle: a golden triangle, a pink city, a lotus flower, a marble palace and a king named Singh. On the week of July 13th we saw the cities of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra, three of India’s most well known cities, which form a triangle in the Northern regions of Rajasthan and Utter Pradesh. After taking a domestic flight to Delhi, we navigated the streets of Delhi using a rented car, much like a game of chess. If one player were to make a move we needed to be prepared to secure ourselves a safer position on the street. We made our way to the Lotus Temple, which is shaped like a white lotus flower, while its inside ceilings are bare and echo the sound of one’s voice. It also has many green gardens that give it a peaceful atmosphere, much like Ghandi’s memorial, which holds the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, a renowned peacemaker.

As the trip progressed, we visited a number of forts such as the red fort, built along the Yamu River, under the order of Shah Jahan in 1639. Today it is the place where the flag of India is hoisted every August 15th to celebrate national Independence Day. We saw the Qutub minar, which holds an ancient mosque facing the west, towards Mecca, as well as a Hindu temple. Our next stop was the city of Jaipur, which was painted pink in 1876 for the Prince of Wales. There we found breathtaking palaces with its peacock gates and paintings with crushed jem stones decorated to the liking of a king, named Maharaja Jai Singh. Finally, we arrived in Agra and saw a palace made of marble and moonstones, which catch the light at sunrise and sunset. This palace is the Taj Mahal.

Sadly, our trip had come to an end, but I knew there would be more adventures awaiting me. – Jane Robeck ’19 (Student Exchange, Daly Collgee, Indore India)2016_2017_StudExchange_JRobeck_DalyCollege_07

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Student Exchange: The Treasures of Indore, India

StudExchange_2016_2017_Robeck_DalyCollege_05One message of Hinduism is that you should stay calm in the face of adversity and not let fear overpower your peace. This is represented by the Hindu god Vishnu, when he remains still, while floating on the cosmic waters of the universe, surrounded by many headed snakes.

When I first arrived in India, I saw many people driving their scooters on the busy streets that had no stop lights. It was surprising!

As time progressed, I began to experience the hidden treasures of Indore: the temples, the festivals, the food, the call to prayer. One temple was called the Kanch Mandir, and it was a mosaic Jain temple. Its interior was decorated using millions of handcrafted shards of glass and the inside glittered when the sunlight bounced off the walls. Another temple featured statues of the gods, with large murals that told the story of how they came to be, and at the front stood two large elephants.

When I walked in our neighbourhood temple, I could smell the incense burning, as women dressed in saris brought their offerings to the god, Shiva. Outside these temples was the city, which, is the home to many venders trying to sell their goods to the general public. I found many fruit stands, selling mangoes and bananas, as well as stalls selling jewelry and other handmade goods. I even attended an Indian engagement ceremony, and saw the mix of both traditional and modern attire, as happy people danced to Indian pop music on the dance floor. I opened my eyes, and cherished the feelings of celebration, and joy. I was starting to feel more and more at ease, especially given the warm welcome ceremony of my host family.

Finally, Daly College reminds me of the lost city of Atlantis, with its dome shaped roof tops and its spread out campus. I saw the beauty of the lost city, and focused on all the adventures I would have in the near future! – Jane Robeck ’19 (Student Exchange @ Daly College)

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LCC’s Visiting Exchange Students Discover Montreal

On Friday, January 17, we five exchange students, Jack, Liam, Mikayla, Maria Gabriela and Atishay – who had just arrived from India the previous day, all gathered in Ms. Shadley’s office to be briefed about the day’s events. We met up with Veronica, our guide, put our coats on and headed out. The first stop was on the way to the metro, where we got to drop into Starbucks and grab something to eat for recess. After that we bought our tickets and hopped on the train. When we arrived at our stop, Lionel Groulx, it was snowing, so we went in search of a place to eat lunch, with no luck. Instead we decided to eat at the science museum where we were headed. Once we had eaten, we went into the museum. It was a great deal of fun; we joked and ran about, we got to use inventions such as the life-sized bubble maker and the upside down room. All in all the day was fun, and we learned a lot.

Unlike this museum where we could laugh and fool around a little bit, the next trip, on the following Monday, was to the Holocaust Museum. On this outing learned about the suffering and pain the Jews had to go through in WWII, how they lost everything they loved and how some of the Holocaust survivors ended up in Montreal. Along with these trips, we have seen different parts of the city and have used various means of transportation.

On Friday, January 24, we met once again in Ms. Shadley’s office in the morning, were briefed on what we were going to do for the day, and suited up for the -30 oC degree weather. On this day we were traveling to the planetarium, which required us to walk down to the metro, via a Second Cup coffee store. After grabbing something to eat and drink, we hopped on the metro and again travelled to the Lionel Groulx train station. This time we were traveling to the outskirts of town, so we switched train lines to get to the Viau station. When we got to the planetarium we started off by going to Continuum, an immersive film that takes you on a journey through space, experiencing the world as we know it in a different way. The film is projected onto a domed roof, and requires you to lie on the ground in order to see it. After watching the surprisingly realistic film, we went to the space and meteor exhibition, then had lunch and hopped back on the metro to head back to school.

To date, we have managed to take in a whole lot of the Canadian culture and lifestyle living with our exchange families, and experience a great deal of the city we are living in. In addition to the above field trips, we have also visited typical bagel restaurants and have learned the difference between Canadian and American bagels. We had also had a closer look at Old Montreal. From watching an immersive film about space to learning about the history behind Montreal, and the Holocaust, we have had experiences that will stay with us forever.

–Jack Tizzard (Westminster School – Adelaide, Au), Liam Leach (Carey Grammar School – Melbourne, Au), Atishay Modi (Daly College – Indore, India), Mikayla Opie (Westminster School – Adelaide, Au) and Maria Gabriela Peña (Colegio Anglo Colombiano – Bogota, Colombia)

India: Beyond Imagination

IndiaExchange2011_blogThis trip so far has been amazing. Alana and I have experienced a whole new world and seen so many things. It’s incredible!

A few weekends ago Alana and I went to an Indian wedding and it was so amazing! It was completely different then what we are used to and so colourful.

India is a whole new world with so many new opportunities to explore yourself and a new environment around you.

Alana and I have become so close with our exchanges Sabiya and Sabrina, we are pretty much sisters! I can’t wait to bring them back to meet everyone; they are amazing! Alana and I have been to many places and seen many sites such as many temples in Mandau and so many sites in Mumbai. This trip has been great so far and I can hardly imagine where the next few weeks will take me.

India has already impacted me so much; I am in love with this country and I don’t know how I will be able to leave it. We have seen so much stuff, from huge temples with acres of land to the small slums of India. Its incredible how the rich is so far from the poor. I have never seen anything like this. You can’t really understand India until you go there yourself.—Elizabeth McInnes ’13

Mesmerized in India

Humes_Week1India_2011_blogLanding in Delhi, the smell of India entered the plane as we were grabbing our handbags to leave. I was nervous, but also really excited, and the staring started as soon as we entered the airport. We drove around Delhi for a few hours, and started to get the rhythm of this new place.

We got on our next flight to Indore and met our amazing exchanges, and then went to the school. By then, it was about 7 pm. We got settled into our dorm and unpacked a little. The first night, we were woken up by a mouse crawling around in our bags, and all we could think was; “this is only the beginning.” After about a week however, we went to Mumbai to attend a wedding, and it was absolutely amazing. There were so many colours and people. We got to wear Indian dresses and shoes and be witness to an authentic Indian ceremony. It was definitely an experience I will remember my whole life. –Alanna Humes ’13