This beautiful photo was taken by my daughter in Erode in southern lndia last week. She and about 19 other Semester At Sea participants (in her particular group) spent several days visiting local schools and businesses and temples, staying overnight in the very hospitable home of an older Indian couple who have generously hosted SAS visitors for the past 19 years.
As expected, even though they are prepared extensively before arriving in each port, India was a major culture shock for most of the students. Emotionally uplifting and draining all at once, as they witnessed the unimaginable hardships over which the formidable human spirit prevails in that country.
If you have a few minutes to spare, please read her latest blog entries about India, especially today's about visiting the school for children with polio. It's a reminder of all we have to be thankful for, through the eyes and ears and words of my dear daughter, from halfway around the world.