The second follower of my blog was a Tibetan named Chime Tenzing, a TCV employee in Dharamsala. We are now facebook friends as well, but I had my first conversation with him today on skype. Here's how it went:
[9/9/2010 11:50:13 PM] Chime Tenzing: hi
Kristen Nicole: Hi!
Chime Tenzing: r u the Kristen that blogs on and about Tibetans?
Kristen Nicole: yep!
Chime Tenzing: k ..so nice meeting u heer on skype
Kristen Nicole: it's nice to meet you, too
Kristen Nicole: How did you know about my blog?
Chime Tenzing: yep thanks
Chime Tenzing: wher r u put up right nw?
Chime Tenzing: mmm on FB
Kristen Nicole: Oh! I understand.
Kristen Nicole: But I don't understand your question about "where am I put up right now"
Chime Tenzing: i mean where are you currently skyping frm?
Chime Tenzing: i m in dharamsala and i guess u r somewhere in town too?
Kristen Nicole: not yet! I'm in America, in Utah
Chime Tenzing: oh i see
Kristen Nicole: I'm hoping to come to India next summer
Chime Tenzing: k...
Kristen Nicole: for research
Chime Tenzing: so how did u get to know about Tibet ..maybe connected with ur reasearch thesis?
Kristen Nicole: well, my university offers various international study programs. I just went to a meeting about field studies, one of the programs, and decided that I wanted to come to the Tibetan community in India
Kristen Nicole: I don't know much about you all, but I am learning
Chime Tenzing: k..great..so you will get to see a lil Tibet in Dharamsala
Chime Tenzing: if i can be of any help u r always welcome
Kristen Nicole: What a kind offer. Thank you!
Kristen Nicole: I'd love to know your opinions and insights about technology in education for Tibetan students
Chime Tenzing: yea i wouldn't be able to say anything on the subject but i could give you the informations on the places where you wil find the rigth information for your research.
Kristen Nicole: that would be wonderful!
Chime Tenzing: yea let's see it!
Chime Tenzing: i will be online every weekdays from mon to friday between 8.30 am t0 5.30 pm ( INdian time) so you can ask anything !
Kristen Nicole: Brilliant. Thank you so much! I will be sure to keep you in mind!
Chime Tenzing: ok take care
Kristen Nicole: You too
[12:05:33 AM] Chime Tenzing: 8-)
How kind of him, don't you think? I am so glad that my mentor/advisor Dr. Burton twisted my arm so that I would step out of my comfort zone and contact people. That practice has yielded the best results in my research so far!