Vacation from my Problems - Izzy

Singapore makes me speechless; it is so incredibly beautiful and clean with dozens of skyscrapers with trees popping out everywhere. I don’t have time to tell you all that went on, I’m going to have to save that for when I come home, but it was an awesome day.

 Coming in last night I honestly had no idea what to expect. You have to understand that we were flying from Singapore to Kolkata, the city with the most millionaires in the world, the most overwhelming place I have ever been, to well Kolkata, complete polar opposites. We didn’t arrive in Kolkata until about 11:00 PM, so (as Jane said) we wouldn’t be able to fully comprehend the atmosphere of Kolkata until the morning. When we arrived to Nishtha, I felt very peaceful and grateful to this facility, and the women who live here, allowing us to live here for the next 2 weeks.

As we settled into bed, I felt this immense comfort. Not that I was necessarily afraid earlier, but everything just felt perfect. I’ve never felt this way before. It’s almost indescribable. Like nothing at all matters except the children and people of India we are here to help.

I won’t be able to post any pictures of myself, my camera was stolen in Singapore. Big bummer, I know… but I’m not going to let it affect my view of this experience, I’m over it!

Almost left my passport on the plane once we landed in Kolkata, but I thankfully was able to retrieve it, the airport worker tells me, “When you’re traveling you can leave your clothes, your limbs, anything behind, but never leave your passport!” Lesson learned. Mom and Dad, I’m officially your most forgetful child.

This might have been one of those “had to be there moments” but it was hilarious. We have flushing toilets, but toilet paper cannot go down them, so after we wipe, the t.p. goes in a snack size Ziploc and then in a large garbage bag, so I have been waiting to empty my bladder for about 4 hours, so as we settle in the room, I run to the potty with my t.p. and snack size Ziploc, but not thinking about it, I let the paper go in the potty. Yep, that’s right, I had to fish it out. And didn’t learn my lesson I guess, because it happened again this morning. Hopefully third times the charm!

It is about 10:30 AM as I am writing this, we’re eating brunch on the roof of the Nishtha building, and it is beautiful, yet crazy looking down at the dirt roads with bikes and cars honking and driving all over the road. I’ve been people watching for 20 minutes, and I love it here! We leave to the Day Boarding School to meet all the girls right after we eat, and I am beyond excited, I cannot wait to see all their beautiful faces! Send my love to everyone.