New flatmates in Hyderabad

DSC_0169One can’t say he has been in India, if he never tried yoga. Hyderabad is not the capital of yoga for sure, but we still found an ashram not far from our home to take some lessons.

The ashram looks like a normal Indian house and is run by an old couple. Unfortunately, there were yoga classes only in the mornings during week days, but we convinced them to make a class for us on Saturdays. Once in a week is not enough for practicing, but still that’s better than nothing. First times we have been there, they took photos and filmed us. This didn’t help to concentrate.

After a month living only two of us – finally we have new flatmates. And not just one, but six at one time: two girls from Botswana, one from Brazil and three Colombians – one guy and a brother and sister. We took them to our yoga classes, I hope ashram will give us a discount for bringing new clients one day.


Sadly, they are not going to stay long – just for six weeks. They are working on some project in orphanage, so as soon as it ends, they will go home. Me and Aiste felt like old veterans, sharing our experience and giving tips about living in Hyderabad. But even apart from that they are doing quite good. It’s easier to handle the cultural shock when you are with few other people. Also they are all working in one place, so that is a big advantage for them.

We spend our evenings after work staying together in the living room and usually just chatting. After living alone we feel a huge demand of interacting with other people.

There are not enough rooms and beds in the flat, so three of them are staying in the living room and a girl from Brazil even don’t have a bed – she sleeps on the mattress. Moreover it looks like more people are coming to live with us! AIESEC Hyderabad don’t care how people will fit in the crowded flat. They talk a lot of thrash about new experiences and different culture for the interns, but that’s just bullshit. Bed is bed everywhere, even in India.

Our living room. Also a bedroom for three people.

Our living room. Also a bedroom for three people.

New interns are quite tidy people and together we cleaned all the flat because it was very dirty. I am happy that none of them smokes or are interested in partying hard. I hope that if some new people will come, it will stay the same. We have a big terrace, so I put a sign “No smoking here”, because AIESEC’ers always leave cigarettes-butts and ashes everywhere. That’s so rude and ugly, makes me wonder how people with such manners can be members of an international organization. Some of them even don’t say “Hello”, when they come to our flat.

Basically, life is good.