Today’s the day. I leave India in less than 10 hours. Honestly, it hasn’t even sunk in yet. This. Is. Crazy.
My time in India has been wonderful, insane, hilarious, confusing, exciting, and fascinating. From the amazing people I’ve met and grown to love to the new foods and experiences, I wouldn’t change a thing. Even when I didn’t absolutely adore what we were doing, it was always new and gave me a different perspective. That’s what exchange is all about, right?
I’m currently at a B&B in New Delhi where we’re freshening up for a few hours before heading out for our tour of the city. The wifi is very good, but we don’t have much time so I decided to post from my phone again rather than set up my laptop. New Delhi is much greener than Ahmedabad and the streets are wider, but we haven’t seen much yet — I’m sure there are many other things to discover!
After the tour, we’ll come back to the B&B to collect our luggage and then return to the airport. Our flight is at 11:30 PM. Great.
Leaving Ahmedabad felt very odd. I woke up early to shower and double-check that everything was packed and then I had to say goodbye to Gaurvi. She has a Bio exam today, so she didn’t come to the airport. It was weird because she was just going into the other room, but I knew I wasn’t going to see her again. Definitely a sad moment. I’ll miss you, dork!
Sonal, Tanmay, and I drove to the airport around 6 and, just like the drive home on the first day, my eyes were glued to the window. I wanted to cement every last detail of the city in my memory. There was a somber mood in the air. None of us were excited about our destination.
When we reached the airport, we found the others and, once we had all arrived, said goodbye. I didn’t cry — I guess I did all my crying last night — but it was certainly strange and sad to say goodbye to the people who have been my parents for the last two weeks. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more welcoming and loving host family. The gratitude I feel towards them is endless and I know I will never fully be able to repay them. Thank you so much, Narang family, for opening your home to me. It was perfect.
I won’t bore you with details of airports — it was a pretty standard experience. Basically, we had a 1 1/2 hour flight to Delhi, collected our bags, and then an AFS driver brought us to the B&B. We ordered lunch (which should arrive any minute) and then we’re off to see the sights! We’ll be back at the B&B by 6, so it’s a fairly short tour.
I’m planning to write a longer post on the plane, as I did coming here, which I will post either from San Francisco or Eugene. Photos will also be coming soon! I’ll be inserting them into past blog posts as well as creating a Facebook album.
Thank you all so much for joining me on this adventure. This blog allowed me to connect with people, both in India and at home, in countless ways, and for that I am so thankful. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I have writing it! I can’t believe it, but this is my last post from India. And so, until next time, अलविदा!