Three months ago today, I returned from the trip of a lifetime. I was part of a OneSight global clinic in India.
While I journaled regularly while in India, once I started my long journey home, it was difficult to put pen to paper. Thus, it was even more challenging to think about how I would even begin to blog about my trip to India.
I fully intended to blog while I was in India, but alas, the internet and wi-fi there is spotty. So I stuck to my once or twice daily 140 words or less posts on Twitter and Facebook. And thankfully I had a paper journal that my dear friend Beth had given to me specifically for the trip.
So here I am, three months later, finally starting to share everything I saw and felt while experiencing life on the other side of the world. It will take multiple posts to cover everything I want to share. I somehow managed to condense my thoughts and photos down into a twenty minute presentation for the Durant Lioness Club on St. Patrick’s Day just a few days ago, so I will kick off my series of India posts with a small section from that presentation titled “My journey across the globe to help people see.”
By the numbers:
360 days of counting down
40 people from 8 countries on our clinic team
20 of those people flying from the United States
2 – 15 hour flights, in addition to the domestic connecting flights
11.5 hour time difference
1 broken exit sign on the departing plane
1 – 24 hour delay due to cancelled flight after broken sign
10 clinic days
432 near accidents while riding to and from anywhere (animals, other vehicles, you name it)
23 photos taken with random Indians because they asked me to pose with them
7 compliments on my nose ring from Indian women
1 almost glorious meal at McDonalds in Jodhpur (no beef and no ice!)
956 times I told myself how thankful I am to live in the United States
5,000 patients seen, with most receiving Rx eyewear
5,000+ pairs of sunglasses donated and distributed
7 offers to refill my plate each time the villagers fed us lunch
321 “namaste” greetings
3: the number of people we were required to have in groups when exploring the city of Jodhpur solo – and my native New Yorker friend Helen actually counted as 2 people 😉
36 hours spent traveling to get home
5 days to fully recover from jet lag
1 redhead whose life has been changed forever
I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you!