India 2016
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Lychee Love

This week has been another crazy one! This week I moved away from my PG and in with a coworker and her family. It has been great so far. They are super welcoming and it’s nice to have people around again.

It rained this week in Delhi which means the weather is hopefully going to start to cool down. Fingers crossed! After the first rain it is officially mango and lychee season!! Before I lived here I had never had a lychee or even heard of them. They are amazing!

A lychee is a tropical fruit that is most likely imported into the United States in fancy grocery stores but here they are super common. There are lychee orchards everywhere. 1kg of lychees costs around 150 rupees which is about $2.31. 1kg should last you a few days but they’re so good that I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t. ­čśë

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^ the anatomy of a lychee

The big red balls are the lychee after it is picked from the tree. When I purchase them they are still on the stems. The white ball is the actual fruit and the other part is the pit.

Here is how to eat a lychee:

  1. Peel the outer red layer. It is thick but peels off easily. It’s kind of like if a strawberry had a skin.
  2. The white part is what you eat. It is super sweet and kind of tastes similar to a grape and a strawberry together but much sweeter and not tart at all.
  3. There is nothing to do with the pit, just eat around it.

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^ lychees in an orchard

Lychees can be eaten many different ways! My favorite way to eat them is with ice cream or on cake. I don’t think my coworker and I have eaten a normal dinner any night this week. We just eat ice cream with lychees on top. I hear mangos are a great addition to this┬áconcoction but we haven’t tried it yet.

Anyway, moving on from food. I’m getting hungry!

We’ve been having long power cuts almost every day this week. On Tuesday it was super hot and we had a pretty long power cut. The power kept flickering on and off. Then all of the sudden we heard a pop and a boom. We all looked at the power lines outside our office and sure enough they had caught fire!! Of course I was thinking, we should evacuate but everyone else was super chill about it. Haha. I guess this happens more often than I think. Luckily there are fire extinguishers on every floor. The guys in the office above us put the fire out right away and we all went back to work like normal.

Electric Fire

^ If you look really close you can see the burned wires. This is right outside our building window.

I can’t believe I have already been here for over three months! It feels like the weeks are flying by. In some ways I still feel like I just got to India and in other ways I feel like I have been here forever.

Until next time,


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