Our last full day in India saw us waking up to the first bit of rain we had seen here. Kim, susie and i went for a walk to try and find a top that kim liked, we didn't find the top but did discover a cute shop where we found tops that said 'same, same but different' we were stoked!
We couldn't do anymore shopping as we were headed to the maitri trust to donate the clothes we had brought over from Australia. While there we discovered that they not on looked after mums and Bubs but took in stray dogs, when asked how many they had at the moment we were informed there was 99! They even had a dog named Sonya. They do very good work there so thank you to Judy and michelle for donating as the clothes will be used. The photos are of some of the kids that were at the clinic for a checkup, they give the mothers formula and vitamins and educate them on how to care for their babies. Some of these mothers are very young, one girl was only 14. There was a little boy who had been left by the side of the road and one of the village women adopted him and takes care of him, I was trying to talk to her but the language barrier proved too hard, the little fella still looks in a bad way so hopefully the clinic will be able to help him.
The trust also does a lot of work for leprosy and TB. We had a tour of the grounds got to meet the kids and then we were off to the Roots Institute to have lunch and listen to a talk by Jon Landow the author we had met in the cafe the other day. He was very sweet and remembered us and I could have listened to him all day, he has a real gift for conveying the message of Buddhism. When the talk finished I bolted for the toilet and kim said he had asked where I was which I thought was lovely and so i went back and thanked him for being such an inspiration.
Kim and i were supposed to go to the orphanage to listen to a recital but we were wet and muddy and felling pretty miserable with the conditions so we walked up the road in the mud and the dark to find a tuk tuk which we did and so be an the scariest trip I have had in India so far. So picture this it is raining, the road is slippery, the guy doesn't have his windscreen wipers on and there is traffic everywhere and then he answers his phone!!!! Kim and I couldn't stop laughing.
We made it back to the hotel, dumped our bags and went into tow to see if some books we ordered were ready and to pick up our outfits from the tailors, the bookstore was a bust as he wasn't there so we headed to the tailors and picked up our outfits which were gorgeous and decided to put them on for dinner. They llked great except the pants cord hadn't been threaded so we had to tie them in a knot.
Everyone loved our outfits and we had lots of fun wearing them. Our last supper in India was bittersweet, it has been an amazing journey and i am so grateful for having been given the opportunity to experience it.
After dinner, Norboo, Kim, Kat and I did our now traditional chocolate run, we also had arranged with Brooke to get some more beer, although there was a miscommunication and we ended up with 7 bottles instead of 4 and so Brooke managed to get 3 sent back :-)
Had a quick beer with a bunch of the girls and so ended another day in India.