The Journey's End

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Our Journey

 

22 buses, 7 flights, 7 cars, 6 trains and 2 boats

a few taxis but countless rickshaws and tuk tuks

 

38,000 km give or take, 

over 11,000 by land in 22 weeks almost to the day

 

But the journey of our lifetimes will not only be measured nor remembered this way

 

 

6 countries, a few upset tummies, leeches and a few homesick tears

One experience of bed bugs followed by numerous and perfect beachside beers

 

 

Our linguistic journey began with Namaste 

and took us to Jullay and back again to Namaste

 

After crossing our first border from, India to Nepal,

‘thank you’ which was Danyavad instantly became Danyabad

 

The closeness between Thailand and Laos was felt in this way too

as the ‘hello’ greetings of Sawadee Krap and Sabaidee proved

 

But then this sameness across regions is equalled by the differences make no mistake

 

 

From saris, lungis, kaftan pant suits and, let’s face it, old fashioned trousers

To longyis, jeans and kinda cute, but unusual, day time pyjamas

 

Parantha and daal, dosai, curd, lassi and chai

Green curry, red curry, the unidentifiable, tom yam and pad thai

 

Laab, barbeque, papaya salad and sticky rice

Lok lak, whole fish, amok and sweet pepper fried

 

 

We followed the mountain ranges and traced the rivers

Crossed the deserts, jungles, highways and religions

 

We saw prayer flags, temples, stupas and shrines

We experienced culture without borders, and different notions of the divine

 

Below is a summary of our journey and what we did find...

 

 

 

Top Three Buildings

#1 The Taj Mahal, Agra, India (Without any hesitation)

#1 The Taj Mahal, Agra, India (Without any hesitation)

#2 Thikse Gompa, Leh, India

#2 Thikse Gompa, Leh, India

#3 Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

#3 Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Top Three Landscapes

#1 The Himalaya, Pokhara, Nepal

#1 The Himalaya, Pokhara, Nepal

#2 The Ganges, Rishikesh, India

#2 The Ganges, Rishikesh, India

#3 Leh-Manali Highway, India

#3 Leh-Manali Highway, India

Ben's Favourite Food

Aloo Parantha with Curd and Pickle (the Indian Breakfast that changed his life)

Aloo Parantha with Curd and Pickle (the Indian Breakfast that changed his life)

Mikayla's Favourite Food

Noodle soup from the streets of Bangkok

Noodle soup from the streets of Bangkok

Cambodian Fish Amok

Cambodian Fish Amok

Favourite Drink

Indian Street Chai (without hesitation)

Indian Street Chai (without hesitation)

Favourite Street Food

Chickpea, samosa, daal and curd, Pushkar, India

Chickpea, samosa, daal and curd, Pushkar, India

Favourite Sari

Woman on the ghats in Rishikesh

Woman on the ghats in Rishikesh

Favourite Music

Ganga Aarti, Rishikesh

Ganga Aarti, Rishikesh

Favourite Festivals

#1 Women's Festival, Varanasi, India

#1 Women's Festival, Varanasi, India

#2 Ganesh Festival, Pushkar, India

#2 Ganesh Festival, Pushkar, India

Favourite Unexpected Moment

Tibetan Buddhist Puja at Diskit Gompa, Ladakh, India

Tibetan Buddhist Puja at Diskit Gompa, Ladakh, India

Wow, how far we have travelled, from here...

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To here...

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And beyond

 

We had good food and bad food, met good people and met bad, 

 

Learnt good histories and sad histories, and saw futures both good and sad too

 

We learnt that the most important thing in life is education

and learnt a lot about ourselves too

We carry our experiences home with us

and have a new life to pursue

 

There were challenges, trials, hurdles and disappointments for sure

But without them it wouldn’t have been an adventure at all

 

Our journey was life-changing, in ways we could never have known

And we go forward now with love in our hearts, hope in our minds, breath in our bodies and peace in our souls

 

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