What was this?

Written before my exchange:

Hey everyone.

For those of you that like to skim everything you read, here’s all you need to know:

I, Chris Yoder, will be spending 11 months in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India and I’m writing a blog about it. This is the website you should come to when you want to read about it.

For those of you that actually read everything all the way through, I have more for you. In fact, if you read everything all the way through, I think you’ll find this blog more rewarding than those who like to skim.

You may be wondering, as you read this the first time: “What is this about?”

This year, I’ll be spending 11 months in Nagpur, India through Rotary Youth Exchange. You can read more about “why” here. The exchange is a cultural one, wherein students learn about their host country by living the life of their peers.

But my time will been wasted if I’m the only one who learns. So I’ve decided to share my knowledge – of both American and Indian culture – with as many people as possible by writing this blog.

As I’m a student of Indian Culture, I’ll also be a teacher. I’ll be explaining to you the things that happen, so you can learn from them just as I do. But I don’t want to bore you. I’m not just going to restate the things that happened to me everyday. Instead, I’ll take a “why” approach to the things that are happening. Or maybe the “what” will be interesting enough. Don’t be afraid to give feedback on my posts. Please comment, and do so as much as you’d like.

Just as there are Americans who aren’t familiar with Indian culture, I’ll meet people in India who aren’t familiar with American culture. This blog is for all of those people too. I want everyone to be on the same page. Not only will I explain my Indian life to those of you back in the U.S., but I’ll explain my life in the Midwest to the people I meet in India. I fully expect to talk about both baseball and cricket.

I don’t know how often I’ll be able to post. I’d like to post a couple of times a week, at least. That may or may not be reasonable. But I’ll write as much as I can, as often as I can.

I won’t forget about all of you, wherever in the world you’re reading this from – my friends, my family, my teachers, even those of you who don’t know me well or don’t know me at all. This exchange isn’t just for me, it’s for all of you.

It might behoove you to subscribe to my blog by putting your email in the little box on the right side of the home page. That way you get a reminder in your inbox every time I write something new. If I get boring, you can always unsubscribe (although I’d prefer if you tell me that I’m getting boring first).

You also may find it easier to comment if you have a WordPress account, since I won’t have to approve your comments every time, and I’ll know who you are. If you don’t have an account, though, that’s fine.

One last thing: every post will end with a smiley face. When you see it at the bottom of my posts, consider it a reminder that all is well.

Smile everyone.



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