Working as a swim coach in India at Kunskapsskolan International is a lot of fun.

Working as a swim coach at one of our schools in India is slightly different from what I’ve done for about 35 years as a coach in Sweden but it’s as much fun. I do believe that kids are kids where ever they live on this planet. Energetic, eager to learn, some get it faster than others, some love the water and some don’t, some never feel cold and some always do.

 The group of kids I’m showing you pictures of today, grade 4-5-6 are so eager to learn and there’s so much energy in the group…they have been working on backstroke, freestyle and just started with breaststroke kick yesterday….twice a week I’ve had the pleasure of teaching them the techniques in the different strokes. Some of them can become really good competitive swimmers actually…they just have to stick with it and remember that

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out 

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We only have a pool heated by the sun so now when the nights are getting cooler and cooler I’m sad to say that we have to close our pool….can’t wait until the month of march is here so that we can get back into the water again !

if you have any questions for me as a swim coach don’t hesitate to contact me at

swimsanna1@gmail.com or susanna.kig@ked.edu.in

 

Tikli Bottom, a home away from home.

During the short holiday, Dussehra  we thought we would escape home for a day to relax, enjoy some good food and see something else so we booked a night at Tikli Bottom. When checking out I just wished that we had booked another night ! Annie and Martin who built this beautiful home in the 90’s, are just wonderful people who run this home away from home. We met interesting and fascinating people from different corners of the world, walked the garden, swam in the pool, did a short hike in the hills and got to see a photoshoot for GLITZ magazine. Before driving home Annie gave us a guided tour of the village school, called Martin’s school, that  they run.

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amazing”high rises” nests made by weaving birds

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interesting to see a professional photographer in action

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they arrived with an entourage of 12 people !!

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love the Micky mouse cactus……

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Annie with a girl from their school at Martin’s school.

I’m so happy that we got to meet them and that there are people like Annie and Martin in this world. They do make a difference.

What to do when-in-Delhi…my list of things you shouldn’t miss out on when in Delhi.

The other day some friends asked for my advice on what to do in Delhi if you’re having family or friends visiting. Like what are the best museums, places to visit etc. So I thought I’d put together some different posts for you. After 4 years in India I actually think I can work as a guide….I think I have visited all the famous and known tourist sights but also some of the hidden and unknown gems in this huge city with millions and millions of people. Did you know that more than 26 million  !! people live in the greater Delhi area. (Delhi,Gurgaon,Noida and Faridabad) But this post is only about Delhi.

I’m not ranking my tips so I guess you have to pick and choose depending on your interest. Here we go…..

Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi is a mind blowing experience. Climb on board a bicycle rickshaw  and have them take you on a ride of a lifetime. Stop at the Gurudwara (Sikh temple) and have a walk inside. Help out with baking the bread in the kitchen. Next have them park the bike and walk into Khari Baoli Bazar – Asias largest spice market. Bring a shawl so you can cover your nose from the chilli smell and spice dust that can be quite overwhelming.  Buy some of the best tea blends,masala mixes, dried chlli or almonds. Ride through the narrow alley’s in Kinari Bazar and don’t forget to peek at Jama Masjid, the mosque  while riding by. If your blood sugar level is low at this point have the driver take you to Karim’s and try authentic Indian food. You wont be disappointed I promise. A tour of Chandni Chowk fills you with impressions and smells like you’ve never experienced before.

Visit Majnu Ka Tilla or the Tibetan Refugee Colony in the northern part of  Delhi and walk through the yellow portal into the winding narrow alley’s that leads up to their market where you can buy jak shawls-blankets for a few rupees. Try freshly made momos (dim sum’s) at any of the small restaurants along the alley’s. Pay a visit to the temple in the small “town square”. Spin the praying wheels and chat with the monks.

One of the areas in New Delhi is filled with restaurants, cafe’s and small boutiques and that’s Haus Khaas Village. Khaas means tank so in the middle of the village and among old ruins from the Mughal area there’s a “lake”. You get the feeling of being in the Jungle Book. Walk around the  winding alley’s of this district  and have a look inside some of the small stores, enjoy a coffee at one of the cafe’s or relax at one of the many restaurants. Haus Khaas village has a vibe and a pulse of it’s own that you don’t want to miss.

If you want to see some ruins from the Mughal era you should pay a visit to Humayuns Tomb in Nizamuddin. You wont believe that you are right smack in the middle of Delhi once you walk inside. Beautiful architecture, nice park area around and usually not so crowded.

Dilli Haat is a state run out door market where you can find treasures from all over India. Some of the vendors shift every other week. You can buy everything and anything and if you’re good at bargaining you can make some good deals. The market has a huge out door food court with food from the different states in India.

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I have two museums where I bring my visitors. It’s the Crafts museum (arts and crafts museum)in New Delhi. A unique museum displaying arts, crafts and textile items. One of the largest crafts museums in all of India. Usually vendors from different parts of India sell their crafts on the ground. Observe that it’s closed on Mondays ! If you want to have lunch while here they have a restaurant with really good food.

  The other museum I recommend is Birla House or Gandhi Smriti, the house where Mahatma Gandhi stayed while in Delhi and also the place where he was shot. You actually feel the wings of time when walking around the grounds which is in the diplomatic enclave in New Delhi.

Lodi garden is a huge park also in the diplomatic enclave in New Delhi. It holds trees, flowers, birds but also ruins from ancient times. Just have a stroll and walk to the alley with the huge emperor palm trees surrounding the Tomb of Muhammed Shah (1414-1451). I promise it’s worth the short walk from the main entrance on Lodi Road. Have a lunch at the Lodi (garden) restaurant right next to the entrance. Sit outside and enjoy the feeling of sitting in the jungle. (they do have fans outdoors!)

If you want to do something of the beaten track and get a feel for the reality for many  Indian kids you should sign up for a walk  with Salaam Baalak Trust and join their walk in the alleys of Delhi and visit one of their centers for street kids. It’s actually kids who lived on the streets but got help from the trust who now are the guides on the tours. A truly memorable walk and encounters with kids. Have a look at Salaam Baalak Trust city walk

You can also sign up for a heritage walk with Surekha Narain. She does private ones but also group walks. Get all the historical facts and info from a lady who knows it all and who takes you to places and alleys you wouldn’t go otherwise. Have a look at her website: Delhi metro walks

Close to Connaught place right in the heart of New Delhi there’s a step well worth visiting. Agrasen ki baoli (on Hailey Lane off Hailey street) is just one of many step wells (baolis) in India.If you are in the area have a walk down the alley and see a dobhi ghat. A laundry place with dobhis washing by hand the old way. Ironing with irons heated with coal. Drying the wash on the ground or hanging in the midst of traffic. Truly fascinating.

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I will recommend one temple In Delhi for you and it’s the Lotus temple due to it’s architecture. Amazing building and a serene spot. Have a look inside the little museum where they have a  3D display of how it was built.

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Are you up for some shopping and for bargaining then you should visit Janpath market (starts right next to Imperial Hotel close to Connaught Place). Again everything and anything Indian and at good prices depending on your bargaining abilities of course. If you want to get into a crowded Indian market and find cheap clothes from famous brands then head for Sarojini Nagar market. Dress in such a way so you easily can try on your findings right there on the street. You will not find any dressing rooms with mirrors around here.

Hope you will have fun and remember it’s a big city. Traffic is chaotic and it’s a city where the noise is constant and the smells are intense. Carry tissue paper since it’s rare in wash rooms in certain areas and stay hydrated.

Enjoy !

Please let me know if you found anything of interest from my post.

Today nursery at KI had fun in the pool. (Kunskapsskolan International)

Today I shot some pictures of the nursery kids in the pool. They are only 3.4-4.5 years old but look at them go. Can you believe that some of them didn’t want to go into the small pool three months ago and now they are kicking along in the big pool. Wow….kids do pick up new things fast.

Fun in the pool at KI,Kunskapsskolan International,Gurgaon.

I just have to show you some of the happy faces I get to meet every day at our pool.

The kids have learned so much in the short amount of time we’ve had since the pool opened and they do seem to enjoy being in the water. Actually most of them LOVE being in the water. Every session we do different exercises of backstroke but also some freestyle and every session ends with playtime. So first we have fun while working hard, then we play and have fun. Sounds good doesn’t it?

Today I’ll show you some pics from Grade 2 and 3 but I promise that I will show you pictures from all the grades.

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beautiful in the early morning don’t you think?

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there are so many different ways you can jump into the pool

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preparing for the train…..

diving rings, fishes and flower

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remember ! always arms in front of you as an arrow

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they have learned how to stay below the surface

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and how to hold their breath….

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bubbles bubbles, I love bubbles…..do you know which movie?

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stay tuned for more pics from the other grades

Life is fragile

Life is fragile. We are not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.

                                                                                       ( Tim Cook )

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I got stuck in traffic

but it wasn’t due to cars….

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almost got myself a kiss….hahaha

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love the fabric he has in his turban….

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fascinating horns….

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the old ways collide with the modern…colourful exotic India