As if all that excitement was not enough, our next stop was an arts college of the University of Delhi, were we were treated to spectacular dance shows which then rapidly turned participatory; with the whole group up on their feet attempting to Indian dance.
After another wonderful meal in which we were able to interact more students from the University, we went back to our hostel and turned in for the night.
Upon reflection, (aside from some false alarms of Delhi Belly) I don't think we could have asked for a better final day. It struck the perfect balance between looking back and going over what we have seen and learnt and meeting new people and trying new things.
Day 10 - Louise Gates
10 days ago, we stepped out of Delhi airport and were greeted instantly by a few students and staff from Delhi University. “Welcome to Delhi!” they said, “we're so glad you're here!”, whilst handing us individually wrapped roses.
Never before has 10 days passed by so quickly. I think we all woke up this morning not quite believing how fast these last 10 days had gone. India was intense. For 10 days, we tried to match the city's pace, rarely taking time off and packing as much into every single day as possible from exciting excursions to fascinating lectures and interesting... albeit heated.discussions. As hot and busy as the city is, it's equally inspiring. As long as we were outside our guesthouse, we were seeing new things, visiting museums, touring historic places of interest, resting in gorgeous gardens and shopping at saree stores and markets, unlike anything you'd see back home. I think I can speak for everyone when I say, we love India! We love the people and against the backdrop of a cacophony of sounds, myriad of colours and at times with our olfactory senses working overtime, Delhi was indeed a treat for the senses. The clothing, architecture, weather, ceremonious greetings, the friendliness and how accommodating our wonderful hosts were and of course not forgetting.the FOOD will all make up our fond memories of our stay.
But even more than the Indian people and the Indian food, we'll miss Delhi itself, a place with a personality all of its own. From now on, every other city we visit is going to seem ridiculous. Going downstairs to eat breakfast at 8am for the last time we were all sad to be leaving. The staff from Delhi University took us under their wings during our stay and we were all very sad to be saying goodbye to them. After lots of hugs and some last minute photos with our new friends we began boarding the coach for our short drive to Delhi airport. As we pulled away from the guesthouse we were frantically waving goodbye and caught our last glimpses of our home and family for the last 10 days, to which we'd all grown quite attached. And there's the distinct possibility that, as Delhi grew distant in the view from our airplane windows as we flew home, we'll become more attached. The experiences which we've spent 10 whirlwind days quickly processing, packing and cramming into our minds will be given time to unfold. The 10 days we spent here seemed to pass in 10 minutes, but the space which our time in Delhi eventually occupies in our memories will probably feel more like 10 months.
In the feedback session, one of our students quoted Terry Pratchett: