Nectarine Smoothie - Chase Chamberlain

Yesterday I was told that I am a contagious laugher, and today I was told that I am a contagious crier. 

            Today was the day we had to say goodbye. Goodbye to the schools, goodbye to the sickening bus rides, goodbye to the villages, and goodbye to the kids. I can say without a doubt, that this was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It amazes me how much love one can feel in such a small amount of time. I’ve known these kids for a total of 8 days, and there’s not a single thing I wouldn’t do for any one of these beautiful little angels. 

            (The rest of this blog will be basically just be me gushing about all the things I’m grateful for this trip, so bear with me. Or don’t, it’s up to you.)

            First off, I’m grateful for my expedition team. The kids and leaders I’m with  are so amazing, and I’m blessed to have met them. I know I can feel comfortable with any of them, and really be myself around them. 

            Next is my village team. Bryson, Katie, Paige, Ada, and our fearless leader Tim Scanlan, have made this trip more meaningful than I could have ever imagined. The immense love I feel for each of them is indescribable. We are no longer a team, because we have grown into a family. 

            I’m grateful for our translators, and for the love they show to us. They treat us all as family, and without them we would have been lost along time ago. Our translator, Yashika, has been amazing, and she is without a doubt part of that fore mentioned family

I guess I’m grateful for Raj. 

Finally, Im grateful for the schools, the kids, the teachers, and everyone who was a part of this amazing community that we had the pleasure of serving.  The principal, Hadasingh, is one of the humblest people on this earth. Binod, Mohit, Amit, and others, are just a few of the many more people that have helped make this journey of mine so great. 

I love this place. More than I can ever describe properly. I love it. I love the mountains, the smells, the driving, the food, and the culture. But most of all I love the people.

(That’s the end, but here’s a list of all my kids because I love them more than anything.)

Subhash, Vansh, Kunal, Arnov, Aryen, Sohityah, Aryen pt2, Karan, Priya, Manisha, Menakshi, Shirya, Puja, Ashmita, Navya, Sukarti, and Ashmita.