Greetings from two "Former" Directors
Tracy, Erin, and Harrison enjoying having the students run the show
If it says anything to you loyal blog readers, one of us is sound asleep at 3 pm and the other two are sitting in a cushy cafe catching up on work (Photo Posting -- go check them out! and budget things) and drinking a luscious pot of coffee as we listen to the sounds on the streets of Assi Ghat in Varanasi.
Both of us feel so fortunate to be here again in Banaras, the City of Light, abode of Shiva, but mostly fortunate for being able to hand over much of the logistical planning to the amazingly capable young people with whom we've been lucky enough to share the last three months or so. We can't say enough about how smoothly this student-led portion of the program is going and how much we are enjoying being true members of the team.
Our last few days have been filled with laughter, deeper connections, and sharing significant moments in our council process. We've visited Sarnath yesterday, as Nathan describes, and of course, ate too much gulab jamun (Tracy's favorite Indian sweet)... albeit the best gulab jamun in India! This morning we shook ourselves out of bed at 5:30 am in order to take turns rowing our small wooden boat in circles down Ganga-ji while taking in the morning Hindu bathing rituals and some sunrise views.
As we are heading for our student-planned celebration of the penultimate night of Hanukkah, we just wanted to share our thoughts and our gratitude with the bloggosphere about how proud we are of each of the students as our minds begin to turn toward travel back to the U.S. and our friends and families.
That said, we are thrilled we have a few days left with the group and will be savoring every moment!
Wishing all of you well,