I’ll be spending one month in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The town used to be the capital of the Chola empire which ruled Southern India for over a millennium (pretty impressive, huh). The main attraction here is the Brihadeeswarar temple which represents the Dravidian art and culture at its peak. I’ll post pictures later when I actually visit the place. Now I have to focus on work first.
Here is the place I’ll be staying for a month from now.
It’s difficult to explain what exactly this building is for. The first floor is some kind of government agency. Then, on the second floor, there is a private clinic. Then the third floor is tadaaa where I’ll be staying. My first impression was like soooo this is what my professor has been calling a “research center” – one floor in a building that stands in the middle of nowhere. I was later told that this is one of the best field stations in India, Africa, and elsewhere (if I want to stay in business I should just suck it up). I’m not complaining, just surprised but the word choice. haha.
The place is quite a luxury (relatively). At this “research center”, there are two apartment suites – each with three bedrooms. One suite is used as an office with one bedroom as a A/C (sort of VIP) office and the other two bedrooms as guestrooms. The other suite is a living space for researchers who spend a longer time here. It’s equipped with kitchen and other necessities. I’ll be living in one of the bedrooms here.
A view from the balcony. This building is about 15 minutes ride from the center of Thanjavur, yet it’s not within a “walking distance.” The heat, the narrow road and the way people drive here make it impossible for me to get around by myself.