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The Start of It All
April 6, 2008, 3:14 am
Filed under: India


This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘India ’08,’ in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Carpe Diem through India. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

About this post: Deciding to leave Carpe Diem and stay with my Tibetan family was one of the most significant decisions I’ve ever made, and was the reason why I decided to go to Global College. I also gained an entire family in the process, who I still talk to constantly this day.

Change of plans everyone! I love my family in McLeod Ganj so much that I decided to leave Carpe Diem, and I will now be with them until May 7th. The past week in making this decision was one of the craziest weeks from my life, but I grew a lot from it and I honestly feel like I’ve made a great decision. I left my group on fantastic terms with them all supporting me, and my parents gave approval too- so I’m in MCLEOD GANJ UNTIL MAY 7TH!!

So I thought, if anyone’s interested at all, I would let everyone know about my homestay family. It’s long, so if it bores you don’t bother, but for those who DO:
There are four brothers: Tashi (37), Tsering (28), Minjig (27), and
Nawang (22). Minjig is married to Chimi (26) and they have a son Lobsang
(4). Tashee also has two kids, but his wife died so his daughter Yangkyi
(5) is at boarding school, and his son Dawoe (3), is living with their
sister in another home in McLeod Ganj. They are all really fun to be
around and I love hanging out with them- every day is another adventure.
They have so little but they give SO much, they practically force-feed me
second helpings every meal and they insist that I sleep on the best
mattress and not do any housework whatsoever (I’m working on that…).
They consider me part of the family and have been completely open and
honest about their family history, their dreams and goals… the brothers
all share clothes and shoes with one another and laugh all the time at one
another. They’re also helping me learn Tibetan very quickly, which is
fantastic. Tashi works at a nunnery, teaching English. It’s about 20
minutes away and he lives there, but he’s at home right now because
there’s a new election for the head nun? Or something like that, so he’s
just hanging out until the election is over and he comes back. Tsering
works in Delhi, but right now he’s taking a break from work and is just
spending time with his family. He’s really fun to be around and
hysterical, speaks English incredibly well and I spend most of my day
walking around McLeod Ganj with him. He’s planning on going back to Delhi to look for a job when I go, so I won’t be traveling alone. Minjig is the
head of a Tibetan handicraft shop right next to their apartment- he’s
incredibly hard working and driven, But
he’s incredibly sweet and he loves to sing. Chemi works at a Herbal shop
also right outside the apartment- she’s so nice and sweet and makes really
great food. Nawang right now is trying to get scholarships to colleges, so
he’s just hanging around home and takes care of Lobsang and does a lot of
the housework- he’s the shyest of all of them, but that’s not saying much.
They all speak English very well and they also speak Hindi and Tibetan
Today I watched Minjig, Nawang, and Tsering play a soccer match- the
entire family LOVES soccer, lucky me- and so far I’m having a fantastic
time and I really feel I made the right choice in staying here.

One of the first pictures with my Tibetan family

So I just wanted to give you an update on what’s going on- in a few days I’ll tell you about the Himalaya trek, which was C.R.A.Z.Y., but for now this is what I got. Love you and miss you all,
Sangmo (my Tibetan name)

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