May 6, 2000
Well, once they let you in it can be just as hard to leave. Our last week in Iran was a flurry of embassy visits, telephone calls and airline offices. I needed a plane ticket home, and everybody else needed visas for India. And we also needed to extend our 30-day tourist visas that expired before the end of our stay. So for a week our daily routine was the same: wake up, eat, climb in the van, drive around Tehran, go to the Indian embassy, go to the airline office, go to the bank, sit in the car, drive to another office, come home, eat, go to sleep. Sometimes we felt like dogs chasing our own tails.
Ugh. My heart and my stomach hit the ground, and I turned and looked at Hadi who was waiting to wave good-bye. "They said my visa has expired and I can't leave." He almost looked as shocked as I did, and he told me to wait for a moment. He dashed off into the crowd, and a few moments later he returned with another guard who waved me through. Wow, that was a close call! But Hadi knew that it would work out the whole time. And of course it did work out, the rest of the team got their visas and their tickets too, and now they are exploring every nook and cranny of India. Which leaves me to explore the nooks and crannies of New York. It's not quite as exotic, but the weather's nice. I am working at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, and there are always plenty of opportunities to meet new and amazing people. But none of them are named Jasmine, Kavitha, Abeja, Monica, or Andrew. Waaahhh!!
I will miss them, and I will also miss being a part of the Odyssey. We are all participating in a new and powerful form of education that may shape teaching in the future. As your eyes and ears, we have had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing people in the last few months. People like Okan, who made a difference with their dreams and ideas and refused to take no for an answer. We can all make a difference, and as a part of the Odyssey, I am often reminded of that fact.
I'm not good at long goodbyes, but I do enjoy saying thank you. So thank YOU for being a part of the Odyssey. Thank you for being curious and adventurous and thank you for all your questions. I hope we answered some of them for you. It is so great to know that you are out there and following along with us. We do it for you. Have fun!
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Andrew - The Things We Do for Love -- The Story Behind the Taj Mahal
Jasmine - Indiana Jazz and the Temple of Doom...or Not
Kavitha - Delhi -- The City I Love to Hate
Monica - The Eternal Light Shines Brightly: Amar Jyoti, a School for the Differently-abled
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