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The Best Birthday Yet
March 3, 2009, 9:22 pm
Filed under: India, Video Post

Note:

This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. 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.

Hey guys!
Well, I turned 21 yesterday in Varanasi and so far it has been my favorite birthday yet. It’s funny, because last year I turned 20 years old in Varanasi also- I can’t believe I am celebrating my birthday in the same place again halfway around the world, who knew the odds?
We started the day off in the best way. Last year, I had decided when I turned 20 on my birthday I would ‘shed my ego overcoat and go into the Ganges River’ (we had a very inspiring talk from Professer Mishra last year, who explained the ganges river and why it is holy in the most beautiful way). Just to let those know who are not familiar with the Ganges River, it is a holy river in India that stretches from the North to the South, but probably the holiest site is in Varanasi, where thousands of pilgrims flock to each year. Lots of people bathe in the Ganges, but it’s usually the locals in Varanasi who use the river as a bath, or pilgrims looking to go into the Ganges River to wash away their sins.
So last year I had promised myself I was going to go into the Ganges River, and for those who read my ‘India ’08’ group last year I’m sure you remember what happened- I got up at sunrise and saw about 30 men taking a shit around me, and I decided this was not the best of ideas.
But this year I was DETERMINED to go in because of my past year’s failure. So my friends Amy and Jeff made a pact that we would go into the water at sunrise on my birthday.
Well, it started out well enough. We got up, Rachel and Howard came along to document photos, I bought a candle for my birthday and floated it down the river as a sign of good luck and fortune. We got to the edge of the steps, Amy, Jeff, and I, and we all clasped hands. Rachel, ever the amazing photographer, started documenting our epic tale, our heads held high against the beautiful sun rise slowly peeking out of the sky, our hands held tight together.
“Okay, ready?” I said. “Let’s do this.”
We slowly started walking down the stairs, trying to feel this sense of peace and calm that we were about to dip into the Ganges River and wash away our sins- and then Jeff slips and tumbles into the water, pulling me and Amy facefirst into the Ganga River with him, arms flailing and all. And Howard got this on VIDEO! Suffice to say it is the funniest thing I have EVER seen. We were all standing in the Ganges River cracking up hysterically. Well, I suppose I learned the same lesson as last year. If this is not ‘shedding your ego overcoat,’ then I don’t know what is!

You can check out the ridiculous and hilarious video below!

Anyway, it was a beautiful way to start the day and a sign for the great things in my life to come. I had an amazing birthday. I spent the day reading, going out to lunch with Heidi and watching Life As A House (my favorite movie), getting a really risque massage, and having the most amazing party at Hayat, a mediterranean restaurant that we often frequent to- so much amazing food, amazing friends, amazing presents, amazing music, amazing rose hookah- amazing times. The entire day I was surrounded by people who love me, and I am so grateful for all of the birthday posts and reminders that people are thinking of me. I think of myself as one of the luckiest people in the world to be surrounded by so much love.
I go to Nepal in a few days!
Much love,
Brittany


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