Everyday is the New Best Day of My Life! - Ciana

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Everyday I wake up in India is the new best day of my life. I love everything about this place. It’s so colorful and different and interesting. The views are the most incredible I’ve ever seen. I wish I could share the views with my family and friends back home, but even if I showed them a picture I wouldn’t be showing them the view. Sunder Nagar translates to ‘beautiful city’ and it really lives up to its name.

I fall more in love with my kids every day. They’re finally warming up to us and I love it. I’m also seeing them start to really progress and it’s so rewarding. It’s unbelievable how smart they are. The more we work with them, the quicker they catch on to the newer lessons. Today during one of my lessons, the kids couldn’t focus so my team spent the last hour just playing and dancing and spending time with them. Seeing the genuine happiness in their eyes makes all the hard work and preparation for the past year so worth it. I wish I could just pack them all in my bag and bring them home with me!

Today we got to go to an Indian festival which was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. We watched a few groups of dancers perform and I just couldn’t stop smiling. Their costumes were so beautiful and their dances were intriguing.  They even did a performance that was a tribute to women and girls that may have been abused or thrown away, and I thought that was an absolutely beautiful gesture and I’m glad it was something that I got to witness.

Before we left, everyone told our group to bond with each other as much as we could. But nothing could have gotten us as close as coming to India together. I’ve never felt as close to my team as I do now. I love them so much and I’m glad I get to share this experience with them!

I can’t believe this expedition is half over! As much as I miss my family and friends, I’m not even near ready to leave yet. Good thing I’ve got another week!

Love and miss you,

Ciana