Where you are from?: Born in Toronto, “grew up” in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Where you currently live: Acton, Massachusetts
PacRim trip/year: 1973-4
College Major: History
Occupation: Special Educator at Malden High School
Research/370 Topic: what?
Best PacRim memory: “Best” now there’s a loaded term….watching Guru Goptinath train a Katakali dancer.
Best care package item:
Letters from home
Best item brought with you on the trip
My Galibier Super Guide’s of course, no blisters and no pain.
Something unique about PacRim:
Would non-traditional learning be too nebulous a term to cover the second half of the PacRim trip in its initial year? All I know is, somehow, I wound up trying to teach Indian history to my cohort.
Where you've returned to
: I was back in India and Nepal in 1977-8, not sure but I do believe I was the first to return. Spent 5 months in Nepal and two in India and one in Sri Lanka….touching base with DA and the second PacRim trip in both Sri Lanka and Nepal. Also dropped by Iran, the Shah was still in power.
Favorite Food on PacRim
: Coconuts of course at the Gandhi Museum.
: Hindu temple in Madurai (?) DA told them we did not do anything that would run counter to the precepts of Hinduism and they let us in.
: PacRim certainly broadened my experience and the awareness of traveling in our cluster of students was part of the reason that I returned to South Asia as soon as I did. The experiences of the trip figure into my lessons at school, it allows me to embellish and explain using unique examples. The PacRim did not change my post-college plans except that I knew I wanted to go back. PacRimmers…be metacognitive….take in all that is around you and never become destination oriented, you will miss far too much of the trip with that mind set.