Last Day in India

May 6, 2008 at 11:57 am 1 comment

Sorry for the lapse in postings. The jetlag is starting to catch up with me. Alas, we’ve been in South Africa since Saturday. But before I share stories from our visit here, I’ll fill you in on our last day in India. I think I mentioned the political strike that was scheduled for last Friday in Kerala. To play it safe, we decided to stay close to home to survey the situation. We interviewed Raj in the morning at our B&B as he lived right next door. Then, in the late afternoon, we ventured out to visit a hospice with Raj. The streets were totally dead – in an eery way, quite a difference from the hustle and bustle of a normal day. Usually, there are wall-to-wall cars and people heading in all directions supported by a symphony of horns. People honk all the time in India – not so much much in an obnoxious way but more of “Hey, I’m here.” Anyway, on our way to the hospice, there were probably five other cars on the road and a handful of people.  

The hospice works with Pallium India to provide care and housing for people in need. It was a beautiful place, on a hill overlooking the jungle. This hospice, unlike those in the US, function in multiple ways. They serve people who are homeless or ill in addition to caring for those nearing the end of the life. The people that worked there were amazing. There is one nun who handles almost everything with the support of a few people. Raj makes his way out there occasionally to provide additional support. On the way back into town, the city was back to its old self – pulsing energy. As far as we know, there were no incidents from the strike. Everything seemed back to normal – all safe and sound.

Here are a few pictures from our last day in India. You’ll notice that we left in the middle of the night. We had to leave for the airport at 3am to catch our 4:45am flight. I thought for sure the airport would be a ghost town that early. Not so much. Like the rest of India, it was bustling at all hours. We barely got onto our flight. By the time we made it to the gate to check in, there were only three seats left. Phew! That definitely woke us up.

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  • 1. Andy  |  May 7, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Glad all is well. You all are doing an amazing job and I can’t imagine how exhausting it must be, physically and emotionally, traveling from country to country and hearing so many inspiring and moving experiences of those affected by cancer. My hat is off.

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