I found a lot of moments over the trip to be not only memorable but also very rewarding. Whether it was literally climbing up the mountain we camped in for a night, or simply seeing my home stay mother laugh in Munsiyari, I think there was a pretty big range of memories I will hold forever. There will never be anything quite like looking up at a massive mountain, topped with just a dash of snow, and knowing that, even if I don’t make it all the way up, I would be climbing up most of it. The mountains were so huge and so steep that they felt almost like curved and positioned waves about to crash down on an unsuspecting individual.
Beyond this, I would say another memorable group of moments occured in my actual home stay. Sydney Clarke and I were in a home stay with an elderly woman, her husband, their daughter-in-law, and their grandchild. For the most part, the family was shy and kept to themselves, but on one of our last few days they opened up to us and not only let us hold the baby, but the stoic grandmother even lightened up and had a good laugh with us.
This trip was built up by a lot of little memorable moments and jokes; the four students quickly bonded into a cohesive team. The group was a pleasure, and it was great to be able to get to know them all a little bit more. It’s weird being back and sinking into normalcy and routine; however, the biggest adjustment is most definitely the altitude, which in the grand scheme things, is only a minor price (if a price at all) to pay for such an awesome journey.
- Julia Marcou (2014)