India 2004 Part 3

2/18/04

Well Tenzin’s butter sculpture came out pretty well. It had flowers on it and too fish, one was skinny and the other one was fat. Kind of like that. Anyway I woke up at around 3 a.m. this morning, I have no idea why though. Although it could do with the fact that I took a 3 hour nap yesterday. Tenzin got up at 2:15 a.m. so both of us are just sitting here. We did some reading and then we played go fish, and something else because those are the only card games we know.

Tenzin heard rain so we went outside to see if it was raining and it was.  It has a nice soft sound to it. Later on we went back out and taped the outside so that everyone could hear the wind and the rain. It was such a strong wind, but it felt so nice. Anyway we went back to our room and Tenzin taught me a prayer that her mom says every morning. And there is this one part where you go “dhey dhey dhey…” over and over, except I can’t get it right because I keep saying, “D, d, d!!!” Ha ha maybe with practice I’ll get better. I have also had a sharp pang of hunger for quite some time now. It started at around 4 a.m. My stomach has been growling and growling, and I think “must eat, must have food.” Tenzin is hungry too except we don’t think the restaurant doesn’t open up till possibly 7 a.m. Although at first we thought it might be open at 6 a.m. More later.

The waterfall we saw, I believe.

The restaurant actually opened at 7 a.m. I had 3 pieces of Tibetan bread with butter and jam, plus a milk tea. I was so hungry. Today we went back to the International Affairs Office, where Tenzin filled out the paperwork for a press pass. Masood Butt, told us that he needed a recommendation so that I would be able to film as well. I called my house and my dad picked up it was 12:30 a.m. I told him that I needed mom to call the school and ask Mr. Schoonmaker, if he would write me a recommendation, saying that both Tenzin and I, are doing this as a project and then to fax it over. hopefully, it will come in time for me to get a press pass as well. Before we arrived at that place it had been thundering, lightning and raining. So we bought some umbrellas. I also cut my elbow on the tiles this morning taking a shower and then I fell on my butt on a slippery rock. Ha, ha.

Kids playing in the street.

Anyway later on we went to go see a waterfall. It was very pretty, we didn’t get very close though. On the way, we saw a group of little kids playing a game. They were all running around and laughing, they looked so cute.

Everyone leaving after greeting the Dalai Lama’s motorcade.


When we came back Tenzin and I went to sleep for about an hour and a half. Then I called my mom to see if she got the message. She said she did. And she said she will try her hardest to get it done today. Tenzin and I also went shopping and bought white rabbit candies for Jill. Hopefully she enjoys them. I also am getting better at using chopsticks, when I was eating my lunch today I made Tenzin’s uncle laugh because I was so bad at using the chopsticks. Ah, I almost forgot today the Dalai Lama arrived in town and so everyone was waiting to greet him in the rain. Tenzin and I knew nothing about this, so we were really excited we were able to capture it on film.
 Today was a relaxing day, but tomorrow I think I have to do some laundry because I don’t have many clean clothes left.

Looking back on this my thoughts are still the same, but my writing is more connected. I have no idea what that prayer was that Tenzin taught me. I may have to ask her again about that. I also still love my milk tea, especially the sweet milk tea. I would later find out that was the only time I would see the Dalai Lama during this trip. I mentioned that when Tibetans ask me and I tell them the one time I went to India to see him, he was sick, so we didn’t get to see him at all! Everyone always laughs at that!

1 thought on “India 2004 Part 3

  1. This trip absolutely started your wanderlust! I was a ball of nerves and do not remember calling Schoonmaker!

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