I was sitting in my room trying to nail down final travel plans for the end of the semester when suddenly another friend came running down the hall exclaiming, “Rain! It’s raining outside!” We all jumped up and bolted to the front porch where it was, indeed raining!!! We went out back where it was cloudier and the rain was coming down ever so slightly harder. It even thundered a couple rumbles! Ahhh what a great day!
If you can’t already tell, I LOVE the rain. That is the one thing that I constantly miss about home. There is nothing better than a great rainy day and I have been desperately longing for it. The cold raindrops and the light breeze, the pitter-patter sound the drops make on tin roofs. Oh I’ve missed it. The rain didn’t last long nor was it a heavy rain, but I am so incredibly thankful for it. Good day!
I supposed I’ll go ahead and tell you my end of semester travel plans, too. My friend, Pareesa, and I are heading up to the northeast for a few days to one of the wettest places on earth! The culture in the northeast is completely different and many of the people there look Chinese. We plan to visit waterfalls, caves (which happen to be some of the longest in all of Asia), and other wonderful sites. After a few days there we’ll make our way to Darjeeling where we’ll meet our friend, Sarneshea. I’m most excited about this leg of the trip because we’re going to do a home-stay with tea farmers one night and pick our own tea with them the next day, go to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise over Mt. Everest(!!!), do a day trek, AND since we will be so close and the border is friendly, we’re going to cross into Nepal for two days. Are you ready for this? Brace yourself. We are going to trek at the base of Mt. Everest while we’re there!!!!!
Time is winding down extremely quickly. Five weeks from today I will be back home in the good ole state of North Carolina. Next week I’m headed up to Varanasi for a few days with some friends. I’m incredibly excited because it is considered “the holy city of India”. Finals begin in about two weeks and in three weeks from today I’ll be off on my final voyage through the northern part of India.
That’s it for now. Cross your fingers for me that we’ll get another good rain here in Hyderabad soon!