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Calcutta ’08
March 9, 2008, 2:57 am
Filed under: India

Note:

This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘India ’08,’ in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Carpe Diem through India. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.


Hello everyone… I’m in an internet cafe right now in Calcutta, we just arrived yesterday morning. What an intense city. It’s really crazy because there’s a bunch of really nice shops, and then a bunch of slummy shops, all piled right next to each other. There’s no ‘nice’ or ‘bad’ part of the city, it’s all just formulated together into one big place. The last few days we spent time in BodhGaya, and it was very beautiful there. We sat by the Bodhi tree with a monk named Kabir and learned about different forms of meditation, and we stayed in a monastery (where they had a hot shower- score!) I think the best part about BodhGaya was the day when some fellow group members and I walked to see ‘the caves’ which is this big mountain far out in Gaya… we walked 15 miles that day and climbed a mountain and saw a tree that was supposedly 10,000 years old and the largest, most beautiful tree I’ve ever seen… very memorable day. My feet sure do remember it as I still have blisters everywhere…


The 10,000 year old tree in BodhGaya


My shoes after walking 15 miles.

We had a fun time trying to get on the train to Calcutta (which consisted of all of us running with our 30 pound packs to jump on the train as it was taking off– classic). Tomorrow we start volunteering at the Mother Theresa Center for the destitute, which I think will be a pretty eye-opening experience. In about a week we take off on a flight to Chandigarh and we’ll see what happens there. I hope everyone’s doing well and I’m missing you all a lot– until next time,
Brittany


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