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Beginnings and Endings
May 6, 2000

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The strangest thing happened to me today. I woke up in the morning and realized I was in the state of New York. Yikes! How did that happen? Shouldn't I be in India, sweating with all the other trekkers? Well, the trek rolls on, and some of us trekkers stay behind while the others keep riding into the sunset. Abeja, Jasmine, Monica, and Kavitha just keep on truckin' across the world.

Vocabulary

visa - document used to enter and leave a country
expired - run out of time

We had a tough time leaving Iran. We had heard stories of people who were kept in the country because of expired visas, causing them to miss their flights home. But I had to catch my flight. I walked up to the customs booth, handed him my passport, crossed my fingers and held my breath. He looked at it for a moment, flipped through the pages, and then spoke those four dreaded words, "Your visa has expired."

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!

Leaving is tough. I will miss my friends 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.

So I guess this is good-bye for now. WAAAAHHHH!!!!! Say it isn't so!!! Can I press rewind and do it again? It was just so much fun! And challenging too! Even though I am home now, I know that my life has changed forever; once a trekker, always a trekker. You can take the trekker out of the trek, but you can't take the trek out of the trekker.

Brian

p.s. - Please e-mail me at ...briwingate@bigfoot.com
 

Andrew - The Things We Do for Love -- The Story Behind the Taj Mahal
Jasmine - Indiana Jazz and the Temple of Doom
Kavitha - Delhi -- A City I Love to Hate

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