Carlyn My DEAR FRIEND I lost access to my address book and therefore donot have your contact PLEASE PLEASE send it to me!!! I MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH. I cannot tell you how often I think of you!! Where are you??? Oh I hope you read this!
It has been just over a year I haven't written in my blog...after my world trip I had a lot to think about and lots has happen since I got back. I would like to start back with something I found among my stuff when I was back in Colorado in March when my mother died. It is a poem I wrote in High School for my best friend Penny. "Times like this may come and go but friends like you I'll never let go you will never know what you mean to me but a friend like you will always be the one that I will laugh with the one with I will cry you will always be with me until the day I die." I would like to rededicate that poem at this time to my mother. I love you MOM always and forEVER!!!!
I also found something I wrote when I was first an exchange student in Taiwan in 2001: I believe my heart is a caged bird, if you let it out it may fly away never to be seen again. But there is a chance you could always catch a glimpse of how marvelous it can be when it flies free...with nothing but wind and hope to guide it!!!
Apparently I knew myself better then than I do now! :)
Okay so I made it out alive but I can't help but to feel confused, why in the hell do so many people love that country... That question has been boggling my mind and all I could come up with were the following:
1: they are drug addicts 2: they never step foot out of an Ashram for long enough to see any of India 3: they stay less than two weeks and have enough money to get riped off or thieved from everyday 4: they have a tendency towards abusive relationships 5: they come from a previously closed country or one that has just recently enjoyed the frills of capitalism enough to make overseas trips possible and India is cheaper that dirt. 6: they come to "experience" poverty at its most extreme
Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately I don't belong to any of the above categories so I can't say I enjoyed the country... at all. If you by any chance have any to add I would LOVE to hear them because I just don't get it. I believe India is a complete shit hole and shows the absolute worst of humanity that I have ever seen. Please remember that is MY opinion from MY personal experience.
As I usually do I will add on a positive note to my India saga...as soon as I think of one ;)
This is me flashing back to Beirut with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), then I suddenly felt at ease thinking Nepal is a poor country with poor people they can't afford RPGs...
We are all trying to figure out what to do when the group starts to split with most crossing the protest line to try their luck at transport on the other side.
The protest escalates leaving us the procrastinators to sit it out for a couple more hours.
A couple hours into the night things settle down and we see the army sitting down, and we figure this is a better time than any to make our way across to the other side... And we make it across without incident my eight philosophical just-out-of-the-army weapon carrying new Israeli friends and I, and that was just the easy part. When we get to the other side it was a six hour effort to get back to the town where my stuff rested. There were threats, window breaking, blackmail, name calling, negotiation, and currency exchange involved, but to make a long story short we arrive all in one piece in a nice jeep around three am.
And the next day was the Nepali new year...so I had to party like it was 2066 ;) Because in Nepal it WAS 2066 My goddess life can be an adventure
A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: "Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?" The survey was a huge failure... In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant. In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant. In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant. In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant. In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant. In South America they didn't know what "please" meant. And in the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant.