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May 11, 2009

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Christina, Sarah, Preeti, and I at dance class in Jiapor

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Homestay kids in Jiapor

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View of Ladakh from the plane

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making ladakhi bread with some of my homestay family in domkhar

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View of the Indus River and the Himilayas from my homestay roof in Domkhar

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My homestay sister Tashi Lamo and my neighbor with a very naughty goat!

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Tashi Lamo and Me standing my the indus river ( I MISS HER SO MUCH!!!)

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Me at the 16,000 ft peak on the trek!

Last day of Trek

Today was the last day of the trek…I honestly cannot believe that I survived. It may have been the most physically challenging thing that I have ever done. I am so sore, smell disgusting, and have blisters all over my feet but I feel pretty bad ass. We climbed to the top of a 16,000 ft pass where it was freezing, snowing, and so windy. I think my cheeks will be permanently pink from the wind burn. It was hard but a lot of fun. I am proud of myself because this trek just showed me how strong physically and mentally I have gotten on this trip. I am probably in the best shape of my life right now, which is awesome. But the trek also required me to stay positive and motivated which I don’t think that I would have been able to do before. I honestly think that it would have been impossible for me to do it in the beginning of the trip. It was absolutely beautiful and camping was really fun (except for the 3rd night where it snowed and I was in a very light tent so Sarah and I ended up spooning the entire night to keep warm). It was nice because we took it really slow and I really bonded even more with the group.