Saturday, May 28, 2016: Departing thoughts
Stress. Happiness. Love. Compassion. These are some of the many feelings that me, as well as my colleagues, experienced in the past week. Waking up at 6 am daily to make sure that we were at the clinic by 7:30 am, ready to help some patients became an uncontrollable habit. We heard the same words over and over again - "can you take this patient's vitals? Oh, and also please take the weight of their child. Oh, and also take them to the dentist."
We ran, we hustled, and you can bet we also became frustrated at certain points. But in the end, we took care of more patients than what we first imagined, that too, with the utmost sense of passion. After all this, we needed a day to relax, no? So today on our relaxing day we woke up at a "relaxing" 4:30 am to travel to a lake and island, 3 hours away.
Packing our bags, we ran to the bus and went a long journey to a place unbeknownst to us. We arrived to the dock and got on a beautiful but small boat to travel to an island. We visited a coffee plantation as well as a herbal medicine farm, following with a lunch at a local restaurant. After this, we rushed down the streets looking for souvenirs to buy in our remaining 45 minutes.
Tired, sweaty, and ready to return home we boarded the boat and set sail to the main city, one we still don't know the name of. But no worries, because tomorrow we will return to a city we do know - Houston.
- Vishak Vinod, Humanity First student volunteer
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