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Inside I’m dancing…

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

 

No I have not dropped of the planet I have been busy dancing, I’m enjoying my life a lot at the moment even though it is raining. Lots of things has happened and currently I am trying to finish of as many of my 2010 NYE resolutions as possible…lol yes I did have 31 resolutions so I am running out of time 😉

But for now enjoy this beautiful piece of India, a country very dear to my heart ♥

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I am back

Yes I have returned from the best thing I have ever done in my life. Although I had good values before I have decided to re evaluate my life and take stock and then decide what really matters to me and what to do next. But I can say I am truly happy at this moment, I know myself and I know what is important in life.

Will probably update you more on India in the near future but at the moment I need to digest it properly first, the true impact of it all has not hit me just yet.

So for now here is a little video lovely Hannah made of us in India, my Foxtrot 2 group shows up after the guitar solo. Also some pictures of my various sleeping arrangments, no one can say I’m spoilt and need luxury, or that I am vain (*cough, cough* mum) 😉

My lovely bed on the concrete floor at Moraji Desai School

Foxtrot 2’s home

Brief 1 day visit to Gandathur, Foxtrot 1’s home

Anthony’s Camp, Base Camp near Munnar in Kerala

Anthony’s campsite is on a slope, very cleverly done

“Survival Night” or this is what hell is like

Toilets were mainly either a short drop like this or a longdrop

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My luxurious camp :)

Just a brief update, I am having a good time even though we are working hard and long days. My camp bed is the best, such luxury

and yes it is luxury and not sarcasm.

My flatmate

My group on a little walkie (26km) with heavy bags

I have also found out what my community project is, it is a water sanitation project building two toilet and shower units for a boarding school for poor children

Above a is picture of part of the school, if we get time over we might build a playground and dig and plant a small vegetable garden for them.

For brief news of my team and my colleagues teams check this blog http://raleighindia.blogspot.com/

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So this is it for a while!

Last day in London for a while, tomorrow morning I’m flying off to India for 8 weeks of charity work. I will probably not have any internet access during this time (or mobile or anything else :s ) but if I get close to a computer with internet I will try to write a quick update.

In the mean time you can follow my expedition and maybe even spot me here http://www.raleighinternational.org/expedition-blogs just scroll down to the bottom of the page to read the India blog.

See you all when I get back and thanks to all of you that turned up to the pub on Friday.

Also to any would be thief;
1. I have absolutely nothing worth of stealing in my flat, I am sooo not materialistic and I certainly have no money…if you do decide to break in let me know if you find something 😉
2. Actually don’t bother breaking in because my flat (read shoebox) won’t be empty, a friend will live in it the whole time.

To a certain other person;
1. My internet duties in moderating a certain forum will go on as I am only 1 out of 7 people moderating it…although I get blamed for 100% of the removals.

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India Fundraising update!

Thank you to everyone who donated and/or wrote about me and my fundraising on their blogs and in their facebook status. Together we have reached my fundraising target and the India trip will now go ahead.

Before I leave I will have a leaving do in the pub, I will let you know the place and date nearer the time of departure. If you are not on my email list or amongst my fb friends but still want to come to my leaving do let me know in the comments and I’ll invite you…with one exception.

Also to any would be thief;
1. I have absolutely nothing worth of stealing in my flat, I am sooo not materialistic and I certainly have no money…if you do decide to break in let me know if you find something 😉
2. Actually don’t bother breaking in because my flat (read shoebox) won’t be empty, a friend will live in it the whole time.

To a certain other person;
1. My internet duties in moderating a certain forum will go on as I am only 1 out of 7 people moderating it…although I get blamed for 100% of the removals.

And finishing with one of the funniest search engine words to end up on my blog “how long does it take for a frog to run”. Now I can’t stop thinking “to run what” a marathon, 10K? Need to know please feel free to leave the answer in the comments 😀

Since my target has been reached I have have changed my sponsor button back to Lepra, you can still donate to them for my London Marathon effort.

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Next Challenge!

As you probably know by now I like to raise funds for charities through challenges, here is my thoughest challenge up to date, 8 weeks of hard labour in India, 24/7…Now we need to raise funds for the project, I need your help to raise £1350 by Sunday the 9th of May.
This time I am giving not only money but also my time.

The project have two aims; developing youths is one and the other is to work on a community project to aid the local community. I have trained and prepared for this project since September 2009 and it will probably be one of the hardest things I will ever do.

Just to make it clear none of this money will go to me, I will NOT have a paid holiday. My flights, visa, vaccinations and gear is paid for by me seperately. All the money raised here will go to the charity to make projects like this possible. Also I will certainly not have a holiday as I will be working there the whole time developing youths but also working to finish a community project.

The place I am going to is in the south of India in the Karnataka/ Mysore area, I will be there for 8 weeks starting in July. If possible I will update my blog in India as well but I know there might be limited opportunities to blog or even get access to the internet.

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