11.22.2011

147 new smiles + 2 dance parties on a boat + 1 wedding

That pretty much sums up the last week and a half of my life. The mission went incredibly smooth, I have to say that the team came together really well and it was so apparent. We did 147 operations in 7 surgical days. Those 7 surgical days were sandwiched between CPR classes on either side, so now all of the medical staff at the center are trained and certified in CPR by the American Heart Association!! That is a HUGE deal and I am so proud of all of the staff for taking the class and completing it successfully. You'd be hard pressed to find a medical facility in India that could say the same.

On our one off day (last Thursday) we had the team lunch on a boat as it cruised up and down the Brhamaputra. These rides are always nice but for some reason this time around the team was extra dance-y. The music came and everyone ran to the open space on the floor and we all danced like crazy! There was western music, Bollywood music, traditional Assamese music and we danced to it all. It was soooo much fun, I think the International team that came for the mission wasn't quite prepared for that spectacle! Normally, mid mission week, the teams don't have to encounter such skillful and enthusiastic dance moves but for some reason it just happened.

This brings me to the final party. The end of the mission parties are something we in Guwahati look forward to for weeks. We talk about it constantly, we study, we practice in our rooms (okay maybe that's only me) and as the day comes nearer the levels of excitement are enough to make those of us with weak hearts pass out (okay, again, maybe that's only me.) Every final party I've been to here has been held at the Ginger Hotel on the outskirts of the city. At the end of the night you might hear me muttering "Classic Ginger party, classic" because they are always so much fun. This time around it didn't make sense to hold it there so we had we found ourselves on yet another boat. I think I danced for four hours straight. At one point I took a break to go down and eat my dinner but was dragged back up stairs mid-meal because a good song came on. Then I went down stairs to cool off and was dragged back up stairs while the sweat was still drying because another good song came on. I love dancing here because, unlike high school prom or any club in the U.S, the dudes and ladies here can dance with one another without it being sexual. In fact, the guys probably dance more with the guys and the girls with the girls, because everyone is having fun and not needing to rub up on each other which is really awkward and uncomfortable. Every single one of you knows exactly the situation I am describing. Now that we've made that clear, we can get back to the fact that we danced for hours upon hours and we did it in sarees! I'll spare you of tons of pictures but the night was funnnn!




Lastly, on Monday a few of us attended the wedding of one of our co-workers. It was quite a drive away in bad traffic but it meant a lot to him that we go so it was well worth it. We only attended that part with his family/village so it was different from the last one I attended. There was food, live music, a bit of dancing, and lots of pictures. I am happy for him and as always, am very honored to be allowed to be a part of these special days. 









8 comments:

  1. Kristin-you look so beautiful in these pictures! Can't wait to see you!!!!!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your dancey dancey picures! This is excactly what I love about your blog: it's not all about the serious stuff, even though you are doing AMZING work, it's nice to see that you get to have some fun and let your hair down, too!

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  3. I love these photos! You look so pretty :)

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  4. Wow, so much fun!

    Mary from http://meowwzie.blogspot.com/

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  5. what you're doing is so amazing <3

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  6. Love your pictures! Looks like so much fun :)

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  7. found your blog from danielle's post and wanted to stop by and say thank you for all the hard work you do! a few of my family members have traveled and worked throughout india and from their stories, i am so glad you are there helping to feed some of the local kids! they will remember it for years to come. sent a little donation your way! :)

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  8. wow, it must have been an amazing experience to go to a wedding in India :) I'm always fascinated to hear about weddings in different cultures and countries, to be part of one would be so fun!

    You look gorgeous in a saree :) x

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