A small update on my Indian adventures!

Now that I have more than one day under my India belt, I just wanted to check in with you all and update you on this crazy life!

**DISCLAIMER: I don’t know why, but my medium account has been seriously malfunctioning when I have tried to add pictures to my blogs. For now, I am choosing to leave them off to avoid losing progress and what not. If you want to look at my photos, please go to Facebook :)**

I am still very homesick. This experience of traveling has been amazing. I encourage everyone who has the means and the opportunity to study abroad to most definitely do so. It teaches you so much about who you are, what the world is like, but, most importantly, (in my small opinion) it shows you what is really important to you. For me, it has been my family. Maybe it has been that (what I have seen) in Ecuador and India, a big emphasis is placed on family. I’ve appreciated that but when my family is not physically present to be appreciated, it has been HARD. So family, friends, people of MN, I miss you. I love you. I appreciate you. I can’t wait to see you.

On Sunday, I woke up early to catch a train to Agra. Yes, a train. I’ve taken quite a few passenger trains while I’ve been here now and it’s been a lot of fun! We were served breakfast and everything. For those of you who do not know much about India, like me, Agra is the city home to Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. For the sake of time, I’m not going to explain all of the history behind each, so, please, do your due diligence and research them! They are amazing. I had my own personal tour guide and spent about 6 hours just walking around the monuments and soaking it all in.

It was very nice to get my mind off of things while in Agra. I started to appreciate India more and forget about how much I missed my family. This is a beautiful place full of rich culture, and I am unbelievably lucky to get the opportunity to experience it. At the Taj Mahal, I met a group of older tourists from the United States and spent a great deal of time talking to them. It was nice to feel a little closer to home for just a short while. I also met a young boy from India. He was very nervous because he had never spoken English before… I never would have guessed because his English was PERFECT. He learned it all from watching American movies and he told me loves Tom Hanks :)

When I got back from the Taj Mahal, I spent time eating dinner with Hema and her husband, Sudarshan. I actually felt hungry and not nervous so it was a big deal for me. They are such wonderful people and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay with them. I am sad to leave them but will be reunited for a short while when I return to Delhi to head to the airport. On Monday morning, I woke up very early. Like 3am early. I have not gotten into the swing of the time change so my sleeping schedule is way off. My train to Dehradun left at 6:45am and took about 6 hours to arrive. I sat next to some very wonderful people and my heart was calmed once again.

In Dehradun, I was picked up from the station by Mayank, my local coordinator. He is AWESOME! I am so thankful. We drove to meet Dr. Gandhi and chatted the whole way there. Dr. Gandhi told me a little about the healthcare system in India and what I would most likely be seeing while I was here. Then Mayank took me to my home stay. I am spending this week with Mr. & Mrs. Negi, a very sweet older couple. Mrs. Negi has requested I call her Ma and she calls me baby :) I am very happy here. Mayank ran me through my whole orientation and took me to see one of my clinical rotations for this week. I have wifi at this house and I could not be more thankful. I don’t think I would have survived this week without my family so thank God for answering my prayers about that.

I begin my clinical rotations in Dehradun on the morning of 11/8 (go vote, people!) and I am very excited to get this show on the road!

For those of you who have made it this far, I want to share some exciting news with you all. Due to some hiccups in my life that I won’t go into details about, I have decided to end my program in India 1 week early. My amazing coordinators have worked it out so I will still be able to visit all of the areas I was supposed to, my time is just cut a tad short. That being said, I will be leaving India on 11/25 and returning to wonderful Minnesota on 11/26!!!!!!! I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!

I am hoping to make the most of the time I have left in India, but I am counting down the days till I am home with my family. It’s 17 if you hadn’t already counted.

I love you all and thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Xoxo,

Elizabeth

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