I apologize for slacking on blogging! I have a weeks worth of adventures and photos!
we had placement, so four of us left right after lunch for Amritsar its a 6 and a half hour drive from Dharamsala. two and half hours in to our trip our car broke down. Here is a of the three curious-little girls that watched the whole time the taxi drive and mechanic tried to fix our car.
After waiting two hours for another taxi and four and a half more hours of driving, we reached Amritsar. I have to say, traffic was much worse in Amritsar than it was in Delhi! It was also a new moon and there must have been thousands of Zeke's going to the golden temple for prayer. we finally got settled into our hotel at around 10 PM, where we ordered room service and relaxed.
The next morning we got up and went the Golden Temple! it was AMAZING! there were SOO many Zeke's! just like most temples, we had to remove our shoes! It was so hot outside, I thought I definitely burnt the first layer of skin off my feet.
Here is a picture of the Golden Temple:
Here is a shot of the crowd:
After we went to the Temple, our taxi driver took us to a museum by accident, but it was still awesome. it was for Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama. unfortunately we weren't allow to take pictures. but it was beautiful!
We got hungry, and the night we arrived we saw a Domino's delivery guy! so for lunch we had Domino's pizza! it was VERY satisfying! :D
Then we went to the massacre site in Amritsar. On April 13th 1919 the British opened fire on thousands of unarmed Indians. They made a beautiful memorial and garden at the site! I'm bummed, I ran out of memory card space. :(
Then we went to the Indian/Pakistan boarder and saw the changing of the guard! that WAS SOOOOO COOL! That alone was worth the trip. again, I had run out of memory card space, but I'm really glad I didn't take my camera it turned out to be VERY dusty! I used my friend Kristine's camera, and I'll get the photos from her before she leaves.
we had a long drive back! We got hungry, so our driver took us to a place called Tummy Full! LOL. I had delicious spring rolls! :D
We got back late Sunday night, and crashed hard!
We had placement, and after CCS had organized a trip to the Tibet Art and Culture Center in McLeod to talk to a Tibet Monk! It was so inspiring! Here is a picture of the group with the Monk.
On Tuesday CCS had arranged for an environmentalist to take us on a walk and talk to us about all the different species of birds in Himachal Pardesh. I took a bunch of pictures but because of the internet connection I have to limit which ones I put up. My favorite shots from the walk, happen to be of the wild monkeys! LOL
Once again, I'm losing the internet connection...I'll have to continue tomorrow! I have the rest of the week and my weekend adventure in Manali to share with you! I promise it won't be a week until I upload again! Thanks for checking back and being patient with me!
till next time,