|A really cool tree outside of the Good Shepherd Convent.|
|Srs. Jeeva, Deepa, Rufin and Cristy.|
|Me in a bangle shop! SO many!|
|A street view of Bangalore.|
In the evening, after I got myself all packed and ready to go, I went to a Christmas concert with Srs. Cristy and Sheeba. It really helped to get me in the Christmas spirit. It’s been hard to remember how close it is to the holidays. The temperature has been a lovely 20+ degrees and there is no snow... I’ll be in for a shock when I get off the plane in Halifax! It was also Sr. Sheeba's birthday so we shared a yummy pineapple cake!
Leaving for the airport was bittersweet. It’s really sad to leave this wonderful country and its beautiful people but knowing that I will soon be home is really exciting! The trip home is so far uneventful (I’m currently on the flight from Frankfurt to Toronto) and the layover in Frankfurt was looooong! I must admit that boarding for the Air Canada flight was slightly frustrating. In the last three weeks I don’t think I heard a single person complain. Certainly I heard lots of desperate stories, but the desperation was not there, only honesty and gratefulness. Hearing complaints of what I call ‘first world problems’ was irritating – ‘It’s SO stuffy in this airport – they should have some fans or air conditioning;” “Can I change my seat? I don’t want to sit in a middle seat;” “There is no room for MY bags in MY compartment;” “I don’t like olives and I just ate chicken – why can’t there be more than one non-vegetarian option.” I think it’s going to take some time to readjust to my privileged lifestyle, though I hope that I never completely do. Certainly I’ve had ‘life changing’ experiences before, where I felt as though things would never go back to the way they were, and they always eventually do; if not to the way they were before, to a new kind of normal - equilibrium is always restored. I truly hope that re-reading this blog will help to keep me centered, grateful for what I do have and proud of my accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Thank you for taking the time to follow my adventure. I hope it’s been as much fun reading as it has been writing. I may come back to it from time to time and when I do, I’ll let you know. Until my next “Amazing Adventure,” I wish you an abundance of blessings and the wisdom to recognize them.