Friday started out with a personal yoga class from Mrs. Dabak’s cousin, a discussion with Mrs. Dabak about religion over some chai, and a beautiful view of the city in the finally cool temperature of the early morning. Ahhh…. So nice!
I’ll save you from me going into too much detail about today, but I wanted to tell you a few of the highlights.
At the clinic one of the first patients we saw was a boy about 8 years old who immediately sat down, turned to me, and began saying something extremely passionately in Marathi. All I could really understand was “injections nahee” (no injections)! For the rest, I just nodded and smiled. He didn’t seem to care that I wasn’t saying anything, and when the doctor entered the room he just turned to him and kept on going. Luckily he wasn’t due for any vaccinations so he left happy, and said something to me with a smile on the way out, but I, yet again, had no idea what it was and simply waved goodbye 🙂
The clinic was, again, a lot of fun, and I was glad to be working with the kids. One of the parents knew English and started asking about what I was doing in India. I explained that I was completing a rotation for school here because I am interested in learning about pediatric care in India. I asked if many foreign students from America come and practice here and he said that he’d never seen one in Pune. They mainly come from the middle eastern countries or Korea, according to him. That would explain why I’ve gotten so many curious stares.
After the clinic Manisha started mabundi (henna) on my arm to prepare for the wedding on Tuesday. Don’t worry mom, it’s not mine 😉 Manisha’s cousin is getting married and they invited me to come!! Woot woot! Check out the pics of her artwork in the picture gallery. It’s incredible.
On Saturday morning Dada and I headed out early to climb to one of the ancient forts outside of Pune. It felt great to do some hiking, though Dada made sure that it was no easy stroll. We practically ran through the first part, boulder up some “short cuts” in the second, and I practically crawled up the last part. The views from the top were amazing though… Well worth the trek.
That’s all for now! Hope you all are well. Miss you tons.