A Big Leap

I have always been one to play it safe. Maybe too safe, I’ve come to realize. After some thrilling smaller ventures away from my familiar life, I’m ready to take a big leap. Follow along on my volunteer journey to India.

Happy Holi! March 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 8:44 am

I am SO glad that my body decided not to be sick today, because Holi really tops my list of Indian experiences.

I came up the stairs to our Holi party later than everyone else (I had to wait for the power to come on so I could pay my cable bill!) and when everyone saw me they started cheering and formed a crowd around me. At that point I *thought* I was covered in powder. I was wrong. I got it from everyone, from every direction, every color, all over. And as I was trying to take that all in, I felt a huge rush of warm (thankfully!) water being dumped over my head, thereby making a brown paste out of all the color I’d been covered with. We danced around, swang on the porch swing, ate little appetizers (the ones that didn’t get soaked) and generally had such a jovial time. For me, a non-party person to think it was great, it must have actually been great. I feel so blessed to be able to experience this in India.

Pictures!

The colored powders they were selling in the market the other day:

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My colored self with Josie’s colored self:

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Close-up on my scary face:

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Full body shot:

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Group shot with a few staff members:

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And, a first – I’ve finally embedded video. This is our second celebration, in the yard outside the office:

Happy Holi and Happy Easter to all!

PS: My face cannot seem to get entirely clean.  I will be going to church tomorrow looking slightly like a circus freak.

 

2 Responses to “Happy Holi!”

  1. alyssa Says:

    Just shared your photos with the children and Elliot is COMPLETELY horrified that you are so “dirty!” But we’re relieved to see that you are up and around and able to partake in the festivities. We are sitting on a beach in Belize, enjoying the breeze as well as some pina coladas. It’s been a fabulous week but I have to say that I’d race you to Pinkberry, given the chance.

    Happy Easter and take care. A new korean place just opened in Tribeca so we’ll have to try it for bibimbap when you come back to NY! xo

  2. Leoanny - IPS Says:

    Hello Amy
    Love the pictures, very glad that you are feeling much better. Please take care of yourself and enjoy every bit of it.


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