"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
- Steve Prefontaine
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Return to Real Life
Okay, a quick recap of my 2 months in India, and I'll try and keep it brief and in order:
(I stole some of the pictures from two other interns, Analucia and Emily. They're very nice and I doubt they'll mind.)
We arrived and had to adjust to crazy traffic.
We ate a lot of food, with a lot of new friends.
We went to the AIESEC June National Conference (JNC) and made even more friends.
As it was an internship at a school, I spend a lot of time with kids.
Sometimes it was too much time, and sometimes there were too many kids.
I worked on learning the alphabet and I can now spell my name in Gujarati.
There were 5 of us working at the school from AIESEC, and I left India knowing that I had 4 amazing new friends that I could count on in the world.
We went travelling together.
We jumped together.
We sat on the road together (I'm not sure why).
And we experienced a new culture together.
I tried to fit in a bit of exercise when I wasn't busy travelling, playing with the girls or helping judge sports competitions.
I went running along the riverside a few times.
I got blisters from rowing at Nakki Lake.
And we walked a few times... when our rickshaw's engines stopped working... in the middle of a rainstorm :)
And now I'm back in Canada after 4 very long flights. I've spent a lot of time thinking about all the things I've learnt this summer, and how I can incorporate these things into my life and my work placement, to be a better person and a better social worker. I've got a couple of weeks before school starts and I plan on getting a head start on the new semester. I'd like to be a lot more organised this year, as well as be a lot stricter with my time.
I thought I would start running as soon as I got back - the weather is GORGEOUS! - but my bag with my running shoes got lost between Toronto and Windsor and I'll be separated from it until Friday. And for some reason, sitting in a seat for 18 hours on a plane isn't comfortable for my knees and I seem to have problems with them after a flight.
No worries - I plan to bike a lot and swim often and take an easy, but consistent, approach to running. No fixed races for the near future (because it's a lot of pressure) but I'd like to see some progress before it starts snowing :)