India was one of my favorite adventures! People were kind and the streets were bustling with energy in Bangladore. I was finally able to see my dear friend Nelson and his family. His wife Diana made the best tasting Indian food I have ever had. His son Ethan, my new nephew, was charming and sweet.
It was exciting to hop on Nelson's motorcycle. I found it fascinating how the motorcycles would weave back and forth in the streets and watching women, dressed in their long saris, side seating while comfortably holding their children. Sometimes I would see them holding their babies and children in the middle too! It was scary at times but I felt so alive! I would get giddy when I would see a cow in the middle of the road. No seemed to care; they ruled!
Part of the country made me feel like I went back 100 years by a time capsule. What a gift. I saw farmers working the fields with ox and living without electricity or any comforts we take for granted. They work hard and made me appreciate my blessing of living an easier life. I have respect for those who work so hard to provide for their families.
Nelson took me to Ooty, his home town, which was a 12 hour drive. We drove through the jungle and passed by wild elephants. Up the mountain we went and finally arrived to a very lush and picturesque valley. It was such a splendid surprise! There were many farming terraces; the climate was much cooler than the city. We went to an orphanage for around 80 adults runned by a couple of nuns who depended on the community to feed them all. They had the biggest hearts and I witnessed unconditional love. The nuns followed Mother Teresa's teachings. They were full of joy! I walked around the orphanage and met everyone. I saw great big smiles; apparently having someone come to visit meant a lot to them. I was touched and felt emotional for all my blessings.
I was gifted a beautiful sari from Nelson and his family. It had beautiful and hand made. We went out to buy some gorgeous jewelry to go and attended a beautiful wedding. ** ** **
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