Mommy I Have a Moustache

By: Kip Winterton Friends and family,

The overall feel and spirit of India cannot be described in its fullness over a computer screen so I’ll have to do my best by giving you a list of the incredibly valuable lessons I’ve already learned:

-The female Singapore flight attendants are smokin’ hot.  This is mainly because they all wear geisha costumes and hand me hot towels upon request.

-Airline food is terrible and it gives me the squirts

-I am able to control my reactions when things don’t go according to plan.  When we landed in Delhi more than half of our bags and supplies never made it past the Salt Lake airport. I was one of those unlucky few who arrived in India with both bags back in Salt Lake City.  I went a few days with literally no clothing and food from home.  Unlike my normal self I remained completely calm and ready to work.

-I don’t need Café Rio to survive. Having curry every single day is feeding me just fine. Anna, I’m sure you’ve been making tons of way funny jokes about my Mexican food addiction so this is for you.

-I miss my dog.  All the dogs here are freaking nasty

-Living simply leads to true happiness. The people in the village of Jibhi and the city of Banjar have nothing but they are among the happiest people I’ve ever met.  This is proof to me that the things that I have don’t give me happiness.  It is the interactions I have with people that bring me true joy and excitement in life.

-There is a special place in my heart for the kids I teach and who live in these mountain villages.  They are extremely creative and brave little kids. To me they are the epitome of innocence and beauty in the world. I look up to them so much and I am honored to have the opportunity to take any part in their development and their pursuit of education.

These are the lessons I have learned so far in this experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I am so grateful for my life and the people who have made an impact in my life thus far. Mommy, I have a moustache and it’s looking mighty fine.  I can’t wait to share all of the details of our trip.