An interesting fort and a long drive from Agra to Delhi...
Today was officially our second-to-last day in India! We had a late wake up at the Hotel Amar, where some took advantage of the gym and pool. We were very excited to have the opportunity to stay at a 4-star hotel. There was a brief discussion about the leadership presentation that is required to do by the end of the program. These presentations are focused on an issue that we care about and feel the need to find a solution for it. We're required to identify a specific issue within a specific community that we can realistically find a solution to. It may seem difficult but we have attained leadership skills during this program that we can apply to our daily lives.
Afterwards, we visited Fatehpur Sikri which is located near the city of Agra. There, we explored the history behind the fort and admired its fascinating architecture. After, we went to the mosque and made wishes using pieces string and tied them to the walls of the mosque. It is said that when your wish comes true, you have to untie it and if you are unable to, you do good karma. Later, we returned to the hotel and headed towards Delhi with the teachers that were going to help us with our presentation.
On our way to Delhi, we had an interesting but fun ride. We spent 5 hours in a car looking for ways to pass the time. We talked about our presentations, what is going to be the first thing we eat when we all get home, played hangman for about an hour, and ate every single bit of a jar of Nutella. Upon arrival to the World Buddhist Center, the first guest house we stayed in, we began to realize that this truly was our last night in India. After spending 3 weeks with a group of people that we barely knew, it began to sink in how much of a family we've become and we all know this is not the end.
-Kassandra and Jeannely