Depression and DULLness!
Trip Start Apr 28, 2006
31Trip End Oct 21, 2006
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Last Thursday it was my biiiirthday! Shame on those of you who forgot, thanks for the emails and messages everyone else :o) Hahaha! The teachers got me up on stage after the morning prayers and the whole school sang 'happy birthday' in english then hindi, which was v sweet - if a little embarrassing!! I had bought some huge bags of sweets so went round all the classes doling them out - everyone was very appreciative, particularly the teachers! Apart from one v handicapped woman who shoved the whole thing in her mouth, wrapper and all, and proceeded to almost choke to death on it! Oops. One of the guys who lives on site made me a little necklace with my name on - didnt have the heart to tell him he'd spelt it wrong haha
Working in the school has been going well - nothing new to say really! Am becoming an expert at wheelchair-pushing, after one rather hairy incident where I tripped pushing a little boy and he toppled right out and the chair landed on top of him! Whoops! Dont think he was concussed! :oS I know whats best now though! And some of the kids have actually learnt my name (shock horror) instead of just calling me 'didi' (aunty) all the time!
Was feeling pretty lonely and miserable at the end of last week - staying in by myself night after night in the little bleak boring sitting room I have is not the most fun! And to top it all off the Director wouldnt give me permission to go away at the weekend on my own - after what happened in Mussoorie before - Nita, I'm sure with the best intentions, had blabbed to him about it! Grrr... Luckily he changed his mind though, so I went to Haridwar on Saturday :o) I'd thought it would be quite similar to Rishikesh, which was really backpackery so we met loads of other travellers - unfortunately it wasnt and most of the tourists there were Indian pilgrims come to do holy things! I still had fun though, wandering about on me own like a geek! The sunset 'ganga aarti' ceremony at the main ghat was pretty impressive; and despite having to fend off all the small children who were determined to daub bright yellow bindis on my forehead, it was surprisingly hassle-free
Back in Dehradun I had the most crowded bone-crunching journey of my time in India! A vikram is supposedly an eight-seater autorickshaw, but the driver decided it would be fun to pack in thirteen people plus three huge sacks of cement, a suitcase and my rucksack... Ouch!
On Monday I woke up unable to open one eye and when I finally prised it apart it was completely scarlet and looked so disgusting it made me feel sick to look at it! The teachers took one look and bundled me off back to my room - if any of the kids caught an infection then it would spread like lightning round the whole lot of them! The decrepid old doctor gave me two kinds of nasty stinging drops to put in, said it was infected and my contact lens had caused 'sub-something or other haemmorhaging' and I couldnt work all week
Anyway this morning I trotted off to the Forestry Research Institute, a 'must-see museum' according to the Lonely Planet. Well I dont know about that! I guess in the sense that there's absolutely sod-all else to see in Dehradun maybe it is, but I still found it rather tedious - though I didnt know trees could suffer from so many diseases!
So thats me for the moment - I'm sure those of you who actually read this will regret having bothered - I wouldnt! I've only got three weeks left here - despite all the loneliness and depression its gone by pretty quick! Next week I'm staying at Nita's house, so even nicer food hehe, then the week after there's supposed to be another volunteer coming (alleluia) so I might actually have a friend yay!
Missing you all lots! Til next time,
Han/Moses xxxx :oP