And already the last day in India. This morning we woke up to the sound of the rain.
The children at the orphanage drew very beautiful cards to thank our donors that I will bring back with me to Switzerland where I will prepare them for shipment across the world. We indeed have backers from many different countries.
I then participated to the women empowerment program where I helped them to correct some assignments and taught them computer skills. The lesson today was what are the usages of PowerPoint and how to use it. In the middle of the class the electricity was cut off and our back up ran out of batteries, so I had to continue my lesson on the black board. One of the other volunteer then took over to explain further the use of the various Microsoft word soft wares and we did a little bit more of English.
We had to leave around 1:30. It was difficult to say goodbye to all the women. I am going to miss all of them!
I had organized a dinner with the friend of a friend whom I encountered through one of my father’s connections and who works in Gurgaon, an important financial sector near Delhi.
He invited my two volunteer friends and I to a very nice Indian restaurant and we had dessert at one of his friend Sim’s café: the Red Mango. There we had delicious frozen ice creams. Sim offered us to try different flavors and told us that it was her treat, which was very kind of her. She told us that she admired us for being so adventurous. We had to live short after because we still wanted to do some shopping at the market in Faridabad and we had to leave for the airport at around 8 pm.
The drive back was a little over an hour. At some point our driver got stuck on a dirt road between two asphalt roads that were at a different level and it is a miracle that he managed to got the car out of there. I was truly impressed.
We went to the market and finished packing. It is then with regrets that we went to the orphanage to say goodbye to the children. I truly didn’t want to leave, two weeks was too short of a time. Two months would’ve been great.
We said our goodbyes to our host family, which was also difficult. I couldn’t believe that it was already the end of my trip. I will miss them all very much and I hope I will find an opportunity to come back. I’ll definitely stay in touch with all of them!
On the way to the airport we had a little misadventure with our driver picking up a young man that he called his “brother in law.” One of us was sitting in the front car’s sit and he asked her very unkindly to sit in the back. He then told us not to ask any questions, which was very fishy. During the whole ride to the airport this young man kept looking at us, which made us feel uneasy. When the driver dropped us off at the airport he also unkindly asked for his money. Luckily the price was settled with our host beforehand so we paid him and hurried out of the car.
At the airport the control was very strict. I had never seen such security checks before. One of the volunteers had to hurry to catch her flight. Me and the other volunteer went to have massages at the spa. We had a 45 min back shoulder and neck massage that was absolutely wonderful. Exactly what we needed and nothing in comparison to the massage we had the previous day.