17 Jun Varanasi: A Second Home
Posted at 07:11h in South AsiaWritten by Katelyn Zaremba and Sarah Norman, 2014 India: Gender & Religion. Our last night in Delhi was hectic, as are most nights in Delhi. We hoofed it to meet our microbus amongst the crowds of people, motorbikes, dogs, and vendors. We piled all of our backpacks on top of the bus and set off on our very bumpy journey. After about 15 hours on our hot and sweaty bus, we arrived in the magical city of Varanasi. Our first experience, after everyone freshened up, was meeting with the leaders of World Literacy Canada (WLC). In this meeting we discussed WLC’s mission as well as what our roles in the organization would be for the upcoming days. This was also the first time our group met Gemma, who was an intern for WLC from Canada. Gemma helped us organize our time with WLC, but quickly became a dear friend. She showed us around Varanasi, informed us about the culture of the city, chatted about gender in many different contexts, and she even invited us to her birthday party. We will never forget the kindness and compassion Gemma showed us. She made Varanasi instantly feel like our second home. We are all very grateful for the love of this enchanting city that she shared with us.