Hello everyone at home,
It’s Laura here from Foxtrot 2. Things are going well here in Hagaranahalli. The weather has been great and we’ve been busy building our eco sanitation toilets. We had an amazing day off last week in which we did some shopping in Madikeri; there, we visited Abbi Falls, went to a Tibetan Buddhist temple and were able to enjoy a rare taste of Western food for lunch – I got a veggie burger and fries! Abbi Falls is beautiful, although we were soaking wet from the rain. The Buddhist temple was unreal; there were hundreds of monks chanting prayers, beating drums and ringing bells – it gave us goosebumps. The shopping near the Tibetan temple was also great and many of us bought Tibetan scarves, bags, jewellery and clothing.
Tomorrow (15th Aug) is Independence Day in India, celebrating their freedom from British rule. The girls have got saris to wear on this special occasion. Raleigh venturers will be special guests at an early ceremony tomorrow and we are looking forward to it, especially since we also have the day off work.
At the moment, my group is busy laying bricks for a new toilet. We are taking a small break to hold baby chicks – something I’ve wanted to do since I was young. India is a big petting zoo and we see baby lambs and calves every day.
We only have a few days left working in the village before setting out on trek phase. Everyone is getting along great and we can’t wait to see what the adventure phase has in store for us!