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Women's Squash Trains at Indian Squash Academy, Visits Cultural Center in Chennai

Photo courtesy of Chris Smith.

The top-ranked Harvard women's squash team is traveling to India for an 11-day training and service trip. Members of the team will post regular blog entries on GoCrimson.com during their trip over the next few weeks.

Blog Post by Vidya Rajan ’13 on Jan. 5
Blog Post by Alexandra Zindman '11 on Jan. 8
Blog Post by Cece Cortes '12 on Jan. 9
Blog Post by Vidya Rajan '13 on Jan. 10
Blog Post by Katherine O'Donnell '10 on Jan. 11
Map of Harvard Destinations During Trip to India
Photo Gallery of Harvard Women's Squash in India

Blog post by Johanna Snyder '10

Our first day in Chennai was full of exciting new experiences. We woke to a beautiful breakfast buffet with lots of Indian treats. Traveling to the squash courts for our morning practice session was always exciting in the crowded streets of Chennai, but we managed as always to make it there safely. We got in a great morning session at the Indian Squash Academy. Though the heat was intense, it was a great experience for our team to play in these conditions. Upon returning to the hotel we were greeted by a luncheon feast consisting of a variety of international foods including Indian, Japanese, Italian, and American. As a bonus there was both a magician and a DJ.

During the first part afternoon, we went to an Indian cultural center named Dakshina Chitra. The cultural center was especially enlightening as we saw the living styles of various regions of India such Kerala and Tamil Nadu. On this day there was a dance exhibition and a specialist painted beautiful henna designs on our hands. The craft fair also gave us the chance to purchase many traditional handmade goods from each of these areas.

We ended the day with a visit to a crocodile farm where we saw both snakes and many varieties of crocs. Coach Smitty (Chris Smith) delighted us all by paying for a crocodile to be fed raw meat during which we saw these otherwise lazy reptiles actually move their bodies. It was quite a surprise when two actually engaged in a crocodile quarrel snapping at each others' mouths. Overall, the day was a huge success.