Hello families and friends!
When you last saw your dearly beloved children, wide-eyed and anxious, at LAX, we can guarantee we were a lot better rested and clean but are no less happy now. We have arrived in Delhi, safe and sound, after a two long flights and an exhilarating driving experience. Driving in Delhi is very much an interpretive dance, you're just praying everyone knows the right moves. We are staying the night in the World Buddhist Center and our neighbors are Buddhist monks. We are very lucky to be staying here and everyone is incredibly warm (in all meanings of the word) and welcoming.
One of our favorite things about India so far is the smell that instantly hit us as we walked out the airport. The most accurate description that people have agreed upon is a mixture of red clay, incense, asphalt after rain, and burning wood.
The drive, while thrilling, was eye-opening and some girls were shocked to see a Mercedes Benz dealership juxtaposed with an abandoned, worn-down building. Another surprise was that the majority of the ads around Delhi were in English, which is slightly comforting but took time to realize how strange it is.
Our guides, Peter and Deborah, met us at the airport and are really friendly and helpful.We had a light meal when we arrived at the Center and everyone has retreated to their rooms. Tomorrow we have been invited to join meditation before breakfast which many people are excited about. We are so excited to explore Delhi tomorrow in the daylight and would love to tell y'all more, but we are falling over with exhaustion at the keyboard.
-Mirannda H. and Charis R.