On the 16th of February, myself, Annie, Jemma, Cecilia and Jo met with Ms Nocivelli and Naomi from Giving Nation and said farewell to our families at Heathrow airport (yes, Annie and Jemma did cry).
Despite being wide awake at the beginning none of us were ready for the 10 hours flight, to pass the time we watched movies, spoke with each other etc. We arrived at Bangalore at 5:00am local time, at the airport we were greeted by Raleigh representatives, Shady and Manju, from there we drove for another 5 hours to Raleigh field base in our own minibus.
On the way there we drove past many interesting sites, half-built buildings, weddings, markets, cows roaming the streets and that’s only half of the things! We stopped off at cafe, where we had some lovely Indian chai (tea) and tried a traditional Indian breakfast, Masala Dosa (bread with potatoes with a spicy dip and yogurt dip).
Once we arrived at field base we were greeted by the Raleigh team with stunning traditional flower necklaces. From there we were shown to our room and had a refreshing bucket shower. We were all given an induction and information about health and hygiene by Dr. Tim, an A&E medic.
We had some relaxation time for a couple of hours, settling into our new surroundings for two days (this includes a few cows). In the evening we put our “longs” (longer clothes) on and had dinner on the roof, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. We’re all looking forward to a good nights sleep under our mosquito nets.