The excitement of our journey kicked in as we all met at Glengall Street, despite the 4:30am start. Elaine and the St Mary’s crew following behind in the car. We arrived at Dublin airport with 15 large and very heavy rucksacks to be checked on to our flight. A quick flight to Amsterdam from Dublin, allowed us to congregated at McDonalds, for one last meal before things got spicy. Our excitement grew as we got our visas checked and boarded our flight from the Dam to Delhi. The 9–hour flight was long for some, but Finbar kept himself entertained by making friends with a few Indian men. Even getting some Irish out of them. We were welcomed to Delhi airport like royalty with flower garlands and lots of stares. Despite it being 3:30am, the city was buzzing! Delhi truly is the city that never sleeps.
After a quick 5–hour sleep, we were up and about ready for our first day in the big city. We all gathered in Finbar’s room for our breakfast and to hear about today’s itinerary. Our first stop was getting kitted out in our Indian clothes. Travelling to the department store, was an experience for the whole group. The beeping of vehicles, people everywhere and lots going on it was amazing to be in the middle of it all. The girls really enjoyed shopping for our Kurta’s, and styling them with scarfs and bottoms. Finbar was the Gok Wan of the group helping the girls with some fashion tips. Afterwards, we headed to McDonalds for a taste of Indian fast food. The afternoon of day two was spent at Gandhi’s museum. It is hard to believe that in a city so busy and fast, that there is somewhere so tranquil. The museum was really informative on all aspects of Gandhi’s work, including seeing where he spent his last few days prior to assassination. Later that evening, we gathered with members from ‘The Girl Champions Programme’, who told us about the work they do with young girls here in India. Their words were so inspiring and they clearly are so passionate about helping young women achieve their full potential in life. It was great for the group to see what our fundraising money goes towards and how it is helping fund their work. The talk was followed by some yummy Indian cuisine that left everyone’s bellies filled, ready to rest for tomorrow.Posted in College Team 2019
on Saturday 6 April 2019