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Richa Patel

Health First

It seems like such a simple thing, but putting your health first is definitely the most important duty we have as humans. I know that a lot of people are busy when they are feeling overwhelmed by school, work, or other things, but it is important to make sure to take a minute to breathe and make sure you are giving your body the rest and nutrition it needs. 
When going away to college, make sure to establish what clinics are available to you and make sure to see a doctor as soon as possible when you aren’t feeling well. There are many ways to get sick, especially in such a large city full of people – be sure you are taking care of yourself first. Many professors are understanding if you are unable to make it to class due to illness; remember, one of the best remedies is rest.

In addition, mental health is just as important. Make sure you are talking to someone if you are not feeling well. If things aren’t too major and you just need some time to relax, I have found different methods of meditation helpful in clearing my mind. It’s important to make some time for yourself everyday: find something that works for you, whether it’s going for a walk or meditating. 

There can be many reasons your body can take a turn for the worse. It’s important to realize when you’re not feeling right and to take action. Whether it is mental or physical, make sure you are taking care yourself because you only have one body. 

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Food Nostalgia

​​It’s only been a few weeks since I’ve gotten back and I’m really missing the food from India. A lot of the food can be found here too, but it tastes a lot different in India. Everything I ate was so fresh. Whether it was a restaurant or a family member’s cooking, the food was prepared so well and tasted so great because they used locally grown vegetables and fruit. Here are some pictures of some of the food I ate.
picnic
We were on the way to Udaipur, but needed to find a place to eat, so we parked the car on the side of a road and had a picnic on the side of the road in Rajasthan. We went with my cousin’s friends and her uncle, so everyone brought something they made from home.

pineapple
We went to a spice garden and I never knew pineapples are pink before they get ripe. Also there are a lot of street vendors so I always bought fruit from them and would love getting the pineapple slices with spices.

chutney
Our chef from the houseboat we stayed on made this pineapple chutney and it was one of the best things I ate.

fruit
Local fruit stand in my cousin’s village. (The red fruit is not a tomato)

coconut
I love how they are a two in one, drink and snack because you can eat the inside once you’re done drinking.

coconut
We had a coconut in South India every day

leaf
We had a traditional south Indian meal on a banana leaf. Eating this was an experience because we sat down at a long table and the servers would walk by and slap food onto our leaves and we had to eat things in a certain order and with our hands.


Short Trip to D.C.

This summer I visited my brother who lives in Arlington, Virginia the week before school started. This weekend I was thinking about all the places I visited when I was there so I thought I should write about my trip for my blog post. A lot of people visit the D.C area because there is so much to see around there so I narrowed it down to a few of my favorite places I visited.

National Gallery of Art - East Building

The National Mall is extremely overwhelming. I thought I enjoyed museums until the National Mall but there are way too many museums to visit and it certainly gets boring after a few museums. If I had to pick my favorite building along the National Mall I would say it was the East Building of the National Gallery of Art- mostly because I’m a huge art gallery fan. This was the contemporary and modern art building and I really enjoyed it and I definitely recommend going here if you’re an art fan.


Washington Monument

To be honest my favorite thing about the Washington Monument were all the fun pictures that I was able to take interacting with it (I didn’t upload any on this page because my brother is terrible at taking pictures.) But I suggest the classic holding the monument in your hands or casually leaning on the monument like it’s your best friend.

This art museum along the National Mall was super cool because they had a few interactive exhibits. For example, the picture on the right was an interactive outdoor exhibit by a Japanese artist, Yoko Ono, where people can write wishes on a tag and attach it to the tree. There was also one indoors called “My Mommy is Beautiful” and people could write things about their mothers.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial was the first place I visited and it might have been one of my favorites because my brother kept reminding my mom and me that this is his favorite place. The memorial was very quiet and respectful which is why I enjoyed it so much.

Arlington Cemetery

My brother lives in Arlington and this was my favorite place we visited out of all the places I visited from the five days I was there. This was another peaceful and respectful place which made the long walk through the entire cemetery worthwhile because everyone was paying a lot of respect throughout the entire cemetery.