Halfway Across the World From Utah - by Brooke Bergstrom

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Woah. I’m in India.

I still can’t believe that I’m here, halfway across the world from Utah. Sometimes, throughout the day, I just have to remind myself. Woah. I’m in India.

It still blows my mind.

We are almost to the halfway point of our trip. The middle part is the best though. I am at the point where I have thrown my whole self into teaching these kids, but at the same time, they are doing everything they can to understand what I am teaching them. And the best part is they actually understand me and can talk to me (and even if they can’t, we understand each other at a deeper level)! The kids have completely warmed up to me and I still get the chills every time they say my name or grab my hand.

I am constantly busy here. From one event to the next. Waking up. Breakfast. School. Lunch. Cultural exchange. School. Relaxing... (but even then there is always something to do). Dinner. Partying. Sleeping. Starting over. By the end of the day I am so exhausted I can hardly keep my eyes open while journaling... one of my journal entries LITERALLY ended in the middle of a sentence.

If there is one thing that I have learned from this trip, it’s: listen to your leaders. Some people approached me today wanting a picture with me and, being the naïve little girl that I am... I said yes. Luckily JoDee was there to rescue me from the situation. Later in the day I was talking to my translator, Kanta (she’s the best), she told me that one of the men, wanting a picture with me, wanted to propose to me... pretty scary thoughts. (Don’t worry mom and dad. I would’ve TOTALLY said yes... you always told me to go out and lead an interesting life, right?) But don’t worry about me! I am perfectly safe here!! I have an amazing team, and amazing leaders. I also have amazing drivers! I don’t know how they do it... they can get so close to the cliff edges on these narrow, curvy, dirt roads, and they come so close to ramming into other cars WITHOUT hitting them, all while maintaining speeds over AT LEAST 50mph, I would trust these drivers with my life... actually, I guess I already am.

Sure tomorrow is going to be filled with more incredible adventures, but as of right now, the main thing I look forward to is a long, replenishing sleep.

 

Best wishes from India, Brooke Bergstrom