So after a very inspiring time in Darjeeling, we flew to the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. We stayed in Madras for a day or two (where I got sick with what I will only call the plague so as to spare everyone from details) and then drove down to Pondicherry where I would be conducting research at the French Institute. Compared with Delhi or Madras, Pondicherry was quite slow paced and peaceful, a nice place to recover in, and I loved all the pastel colored houses. I also enjoyed discovering that South Indian food is absolutely amazing and unlike anything I had ever had before (I feel that most Indian restaurants in the U.S. serve Americanized versions of North Indian cuisine).

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