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  • Day10

    After spending the night at a university campus, we drove 2 hours to Gangam to visit our last Dream Centre. We are traveling with the director of GNI, Dr. Faiz Rahman and when we got off the van he was mobbed by the kids screaming "Daddy" as he got off the bus. He has 30 D.C. ... over 3000 children and he still managed to know them by name.
    When we arrived a family was standing off to the side. We quickly figured out that they were there to drop off a child. The Grandmother and mother had brought a little girl, no older than 6. The grandmother explained that her father had died and her mom remarried and had another son. The moms new husband didn't want the girl and was treating her badly. I noticed scars on her body. The mom was sad but said she needed to protect her so giving her away was the best option. No words.
    We played and danced, and a little girl no more than 4 fell asleep in my arms as soon as I picked her up. I learned her mother had died and her father couldn't take care of her and her sister. I wondered when the last time was that she had fallen asleep in someone's arms.
    A lot to process from today. So many brave, strong children I've met in the last 10 days.
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  • Day9

    Today we woke up early to make the drive to the Barrie Dream Centre in Jeypore. I was especially excited about this day as I was able to my sponsor child Muna. He was waiting for me as we drove in and presented me w a fresh flower necklace. He is shy and I tried hard not to overdo it but had to hold back tears as I hugged him for the first time. I let him come to me after that and he eventually came around and we were able to talk and get to know each other. I presented him with gifts I had brought with me. We finished the day kicking the ball around ... he's a good little soccer player! It was also a blessing to deliver presents to friends' sponsor children as well... i took video and gave hugs for friends back home. Meeting Muna helped me recognize that i need to take my responsibility as his sponsor more seriously and will do a better job going forward. I cried again as I left... I realize that meeting him is a rare opportunity I had been granted and I am very very grateful :)Read more

  • Day11

    We said goodbye to Dr. Rahman this morning and left Babaneswar for New Delhi. We arrived around noon and checked into the Red Fox hotel, where we stayed our first night. Our driver took us to a restaurant in the downtown core and I had the BEST chicken Korma I've ever tasted. Then went to Connaught place, a CRAZY market in the middle of the city. Totally where I wanted to be!!!!! We fought through the crowds and had a few verbal altercations w vendors over prices... thanks to Susan who knows the ropes around here and didn't allow them to take advantage of her wide eyed white friend!! Lol.
    My Dream shopping trip complete I sleep in the same bed I did on my first night in India. Full circle ..... so much to process. I think I'll need some time for that. So much happiness to meet these children who have found safe haven and at the same time so much sorrow to look around and see so many vulnerable people in this place.
    Tomorrow we are off to the Taj Mahal, then airport, then home.
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  • Day8

    Today our 10 hour drive from
    Babaneswar to Jeypur took 14 hours!! It was a tough ride ... but took us through some interesting towns and villages I don't think I would have seen otherwise. We ascended through a small mountain range and saw breathtaking views and tiered rice fields. People waved at the white people blowing through their village in the GNI van.... BIG thanks to our driver TULU who dodged cows, goats, motorcycles and people up and down a mountain to get us here safely.Read more

  • Day261

    Hier mal ein paar Eindrücke, wie es am Ende des Monsuns so in Pune aussieht. Alles ist ganz grün und nur ab und zu gibt es noch ein paar heftige Schauer. Abends gewittert oder zumindest wetterleuchtet es fast immer und die Sonnenuntergänge sind traumhaft.
    Also eigentlich eine wirklich tolle Zeit hier zu sein. Neben dem Treffen von Freunden, habe ich mit meiner Tante eine Scootertour gemacht und bin mit ihr auf einen Berg gestiegen. Ansonsten habe ich die Zeit dafür genutzt eine Bewerbung zu schreiben und meine Weiterreise zu planen. Ein bisschen faul war ich zwischendurch auch.
    Am Freitag fliege ich nach Kochi, in den Süden von Indien und treffe dort Sophie, eine Freundin vom Volleyball. Bis dahin ist noch einiges zu erledigen. Ich habe ja so viel Gepäck, das ich jetzt erstmal auf die Leute, die bald nach Deutschland fliegen, aufteilen muss. Netterweise haben die mir angeboten ein paar meiner Sachen mitzunehmen :)

    Freue mich auf das, was noch kommt und bin auf der anderen Seite schon wieder ein bisschen wehmütig Pune bald zu verlassen.

    Gute Nacht ihr Lieben!
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  • Day49

    Bunte Mischung aus Exil-Tibetern, Mönchen, Indern und Travellern. Gutes Essen in fast schon zu entspannter Atmosphäre (um 9 Uhr machen die meisten Restaurants dicht)

  • Day3

    We landed in torrential rain and grey skies - yet ended up swimming in the pool in sunshine and 35 degrees. We enjoyed high tea at our very beautiful hotel - yet round the corner we saw an 8 year old girl cleaning car windows with her bare hands to earn money. We listened to the noise and cacophony of Old Delhi (why use an indicator when you can just beep your horn?) - then enjoyed the peace and tranquility of Gandhi's memorial gardens. We saw beautiful Moghul architecture, and the ugliness of street children living underneath a flyover. Leila was constantly hassled for selfies wherever she went - but all in a spirit of genuine interest in a little girl with pale skin and blue eyes. The kids have seen poverty on a scale they didn't realise existed, and experienced what it is like to be a minority and have everyone stare at you. Haven't even been here 24 hours, and already it has been quite a ride!Read more

  • Day5

    It was worth getting up at 4.30am for sunrise. We were almost the first people in, and it was so peaceful without the crowds of yesterday. The forecast thunderstorms didn't arise, and the Taj looked even more beautiful in the pale morning light. 7am and we are back at the hotel for breakfast. What to do with the rest of the day?

  • Day7

    One final stop today, the in-town palace of the Maharajah of Jaipur, where the family still live. I loved the square with a door decoration for each season - especially the peacock one for spring. (Peacocks calling for the rains to come).

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