Greetings and Salutations,
The past week has been filled with so many adventures and transitions. After leaving
Wildlife SOS in Bangalore we were off to Mysore. A five hour drive isn’t so bad when you can look out the window and feel as though you’ve been dropped into a little Tibet. Monks in their maroon and gold robes riding past on their motorcycles, chatting with each other at a cafe, or walking around having a good laugh with their fellow monks as they carry Coca-Colas in their hands. We had an amazing opportunity to tour the monastery where the monks eat, live, and study from young to old. We were given a personal tour by a monk
thanks to one of our contacts name Gomo who was an amazing kindred spirit that we were all so grateful to meet. We saw the monks chanting and we were also fortunate enough to spend some time with the little monks, which was adorable. Next day we prepared for a two hour drive to our next destination, Byalkuppe. Here is where we were given the opportunity to wind down a little, learn something new,
and explore. The first day we took a tour of the city and learned about the city’s history and delicious food. The next day our group went out to explore the city some more and we found this funky little cafe name Sri Chakra House, thanks to our tuk tuk drivers. This place was amazing, from the art, to the super healthy foods, to the classes, and to the amazing staff who always had a smile on their faces, probably because we kept buying food. We were all wrapped up in pure bliss
after just one bite. The cafe had Astrology readings which everyone in the group did. Some of us received a relaxing ayurvedic massage after all the hard work at Wildlife SOS, and some of us took an ashtanga yoga class that definitely pushed us to beyond our limits, but made us realize that our limits are more in our mind, and the body is capable of many things. After a relaxing couple of days in Byalkuppe we were again to RTU in G. Kallupatti.
Twelve hours later and we’re touring the place where we will be living and working for the next two and a half weeks. RTU is a Christian organization where we will be building three houses for three families. It’s going to be hard work but so rewarding, and the fact that we will be helping to provide a more stable roof over the heads of three families is more than enough to keep all of us motivated. Until next time.