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Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog :-) hope you enjoy it, I will try to keep you posted of what I am up to...it will be like hearing me without loads of very loud laughing (you are just going to have to imagine this)! 

I'm not going to write any naive things about saving the world or making a big difference.  However if you've seen the Indian Winter series on 4od or Slumdog Millionaire you might get a feel for India - the second biggest democracy in the world and a country desperately trying to move out of poverty though educating the younger generations.  This is where I feel I can help and play a small part in this development process.  

From 2011 I will be working away in London training to be a Solicitor.  This is what I have aspired to do for years so I see this year as my opportunity to have a new challenge and get a new perspective on life before being immersed in office life!

So I am off to India on Wednesday, we are flying Heathrow to Dubai and then on to Calcutta, should be getting there on Thursday evening.  We are staying at a YMCA!!!  It is apparently 32 degrees in Calcutta...so quite away from all this snow!  On 1st March I will be getting the train 12 hours north from Calcutta to Darjeeling.  Julia and I will then be getting picked up by Jeep to Blue Diamond School.

I am pretty much all packed...I am trying not to take much stuff as the plan is to buy clothes, toiletries etc locally.  My packing includes a mosquito net, 4 boxes of malaria tablets, a pink thermal top, lots of stickers, easter egg, knitting needles and a 'happy & you know it' CD!

I have just had a lovely couple of weeks catching up with friends across the country :-) you are all amazing, I am so lucky to have you and will miss you loads!  Have a good few months, keep in touch & I will see you later in the year :-) xxx
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