Published: November 30th 2006November 21st 2006
Pinto Shack on Zalor Beach, Goa.
So after taking a 10 hour train from Mumbai to Goa with a huge man beside me who took up half of my seat for 5 hours of the trip and hopping on a motorcycle taxi with all my huge backpack on my back, getting lost with the driver I FINALLY ended up at the resort Colonia Jose Menino Resort in Carmona, Varca, Goa.
The resort was nothing to write home about. It was clean, the service was good, it was a 5 minute walk from the beach and a little overpriced but quiet and away from all the craziness and loads of people.
Most of my week was spent writing for my business, walking alongthe miles of beautiful beach, taking in the sun and sitting by the pool. Hard life I know. But after all this moving around and crazy adventure it was nice to have a week of relaxation and focus.
For safety I couldnt go out at night and because the place where I was staying was really only for older adults, mostly retirees from the UK, I didnt get a chance to explore much of life outside the resort accept for the beach. Though
Damini, Akshay Kumar (famous Hindi actor onthe set of his new movie) and me
I am really ok with that-just look at the pictures.
After a week in this place it was time to move on back to Delhi and the Sharmas.
Upon arrival my last 9 days became a crazy blur of meeting friends of Maya's, dinners, day trips to the Kutub Minar, Gate of India, markets, and finally my volunteer work.
I had the opportunity to work with 15 girls ( in a school for underprivileged girls) on a recycling project. I taught them to make recycled paper and create a project and silent skit on the importance of reducing waste. The took a liking to my crazy ways, "strange" humour, pale skin, and "sweet smile" as they said. Although the language was a huge barrier between the type of connection I really wanted to make with them we seems to connect pretty well as the first day they called me "our new foreign sister and friend". These girls have absolutely nothing but offered to share their snacks and were very keen on my help in their project. I have asked the school to put together some list of things they are in need of and my hope is
to sponsor these girls with some supplies. I have also offered to write a program on self-esteem, empowerment, and healthy choices which a teacher will teach them in the new year.
Yesterday I had the adventure of taking a 9 seater tour bus with a driver who was not so alert and who had to be talked to about staying awake. As if Delhi highway driving or driving in general wasnt scarey enough. I did get to meet though some very interesting people from around the world and visit the one and only Taj Mahal. It is honestly one of the most beautiful things that I have seen. Everything on the entire grounds is completely centmetrical, minus the 2 pillars which were placed on exactly a 2 degrees angle to prevent them from falling on the Taj Mahal incase of a earth quake. Its made completely of marble, semi precious stones and amazing architecture...
Today I am seeing the kids for the last time and then coming back to the Sharma's to finishing packing and head to the airport.
This journey has been one in a million and makes me want to adventure more in the future.
I feel like a completely different person with a far more open mind.
Hope you are surviving the cold. I'll be home on Saturday to join you all.
Look forward to seeing you!
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