Day 1: Today we walked through a village. It was so cool to learn about all the different ways that people live here. Today our instructor told us about the meaning of namaste and how it has a great affect on the people living in these villages. Putting your hands together symbolizes that you are giving up your own powers in respect for the person you are aiming it towards. Every time I did this to a local they got the biggest smile on their face and it was so fun to see how such a small gesture goes such a long way with the people here. Another thing that happened today was a bunch of kids came up to us and touched our feet. I had no idea what they were doing at first and figured that they wanted something from us. It turns out that they were asking for our blessing and our instructor told us to touch their head with our hands. This symbolizes that you are giving your wisdom to the kids since your power eminates from your hands. The highlight of today was definetly learning so much about the culture in these mountain villages I am excited for what comes next.
Day 2: Today we hiked to our second campsite. They said that it was going to be next to a pond but when we got there it was just a patch of extra muddy ground. There were horses and cows and stray dogs everywhere and we got to see the first glimpse of the snow capped mountains in the distance. I wonder how close we will be getting to them they look so intimading from this far away. We arrived at camp pretty early but quickly found some local kids and started playing games with them. It started with Finley tying his hat to make a simple ball to play catch with. It then spiraled into every game we could think of and effectively communicate with the kids with absolutely no verbal communication. We played catch, duck duck goose, sharks and minnnows, monkey in the middle, and a version of touch football. It was so fun getting to know these kids. I gave one of them a quarter and he got the biggest smile on his face and wouln’t stop looking at it for the rest of the day. I just had it in my pocket and decided to give it to him and it seemed to make his day. I wonder what he was thinking when I gave it to him and he was looking at it.”
These are just my first two blog entries from the trek. Each day somehow seemed to get better than the last and its crazy how many connections I have made with people all the way accross the world. I am so grateful for this experience and can’t wait for future generations of Pitt students to do the same.