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Guess Who We Saw?

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama waves to Westridge students as he leaves his monastery

After eating a delicious Tibetan breakfast, our group headed over to hear a speaker from the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Tenzin Chokeyla. She talked to us about the situation in Tibet and the organization that she represents. TYC is the oldest and largest political movement associated with the struggle for Tibetan independence. Despite the Dalai Lama's advocation of the Middle Way, TYC has not changed its principle and still strives for independence for Tibet.

Okay. Give us a minute to compose ourselves before relaying this next bit of information. We realize that this is going to be going up on April Fools, but we are not kidding when we say that we saw His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his car and HE WAVED AT US! Not even caps lock can encompass the level of excitement that we felt at that moment. The Dalai Lama was going to Delhi from his residence in D'sala and so we lined the streets with hundreds of other people to catch a glimpse of him. It was unbelievable!!!

Afterwards, we went to the LIT to help Tibetans learn and practice their English. Many of them had incredibly moving stories, and we were all fascinated with their journeys.

Then we traveled back to the hotel and met our homestay families for the first time. Over chai and cookies, we connected with our respective homestay families and then went to our temporary homes for the next three days. All of the homestay amalas and palas (mothers and fathers) were friendly and welcoming, and we can't wait to get to know them better!

Kelley and Erika

P.S. Thanks to Mirannda for sharing this fabulous picture!