Clinic Blog: 2012 India 3 Clinic Blog
October 14, 2012
Our weekend in Jodhpur was a combination of work and play. Saturday we started by touring the Meheramgarh Fort. It included an audio tour that told all about the history of the Maharajas that lived there thousands of years ago. Then some shopping in the gift shops before we headed to the Clock Tower, a traditional market jammed full of people, motorcycles, tuk tuks, cows, and every smell imaginable. One little girl, a ten year old named Byndia, followed us around the entire time, trying to sell us her necklaces. She was adorable, and very good at upselling. Quite a few of us ended up buying her beads. After a couple of hours at the market we headed to another area with a shady courtyard restaurant for dinner, then more shopping at some nice textile and jewelry stores.
On Sunday we drove to our next clinic site to get set up. This one is only a little closer; just over two hours. But we'll see how the time works out during rush hour. One of the school officials shared his thoughts: "Good relationships are not built by forcing others to understand you, but by giving them confidence that you have understood them very well without saying a word." The school is smaller, so the clinic setup is a bit "cozy" but it should work out fine. Some of the team members started a game of "muppet frisbee" with the local kids. I'm not sure they had ever seem a frisbee...or a muppet! In a few hours we were finished setting up, but before we left the school, we took a short tour of the village. It was small and humble, and very much in need our services. We're definately in the right place. After the tour we started the two hour trip back. We stopped at another shopping area before heading back to the hotel for dinner. Tonight is the Silent Auction so we'll see how much we can raise for One Sight. Tomorrow begins Clinic Week 2.