So i know i've been silent for a while but now am back. Last week on 16th Feb 2011, I and many other people (who i can now call friends) boarded a train to Delhi then on the 18th (night) we arrived in Chandigarh where WOSY (World Organization of Students and Youths.... www.wosy.org) had organized their 5th International Seminar on "Celebrating Diversity". It was one of those moments where you just need a break from whatever it is you've been doing so you decide to take a trip and see what the next day brings...(well this trip is what we all needed and no one was disappointed - i think) On this trip there's so much i can say but time is not on my side, all i can say is that, truly world is a family. I mean, you go to a place and everyone around you is different, coming from different countries, having different backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, outlooks..etc. It's such an amazing experience to say the truth.
Anyhoo, On 18th feb 2011 around 38 international students from bangalore/Mysore went to Chandigarh where we met other international students (don't know the exact number, but it's more than 230). The train ride was crazy, it was a mix of fun and boredom and that little voice inside that kept saying, 'gosh can we just reach there already'. As tired as we all were, people still managed to make friends with other people we met at the conference.
On the 19th and 20th the main conference took place, we got to hear from different eminent persons, we also got to hear about different cultures LIVE from the natives of such places. There were dances and songs, and laughter, and good meals and making friendship...and how can i forget SHOPPING. lol..all in all, Chandigarh (in Punjab state) is a well planed city, i honestly loved the architect and the scenery of the whole place. The city looks nice day and night, there's hardly a chance one would get lost in Chandigarh.
On 21st we left Chandigarh to visit Shimla. Shimla is a city in the state of Himachal Pradesh, it is a hill station and the weather is just beautifully cold (not annoying cold). We got to see the University there, then we went to the Mall. I must be honest here and praise what i saw. The city is just sooooo beautiful, omg, i loved the old British town, it's just so western and the place is civilized, clean, descent, appealing to the eyes, i mean.....it just felt like out of the place (India) but i always admit that India is the only country where you can see it all, the extreme beautiful and the extreme ugly.
In some parts of Shimla it snows...this is where everyone was excited (to see snow in India). Less did we know that we'd need a horse ride to reach our destination....to be honest, i trust my own two legs better than a horse (no offence).
On reaching Delhi (23rd feb), the group split into two..some went to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and others remained in Delhi for a little rest before heading back to a very uncomfy train ride.
I'm humbly thankful and honored to have met everyone , i really appreciate the experience and new friendship i made. Much love to y'all. Thanks everyone.
Bolo, Oyuna, Nick, Syed, Eric
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