HEADING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION?
Many of us in life have that experience where we intend to do something, yet we dont get there, other things happen and we dont make it.
Although I would guess 9500 KM out of our way is a little extraordinary! from England to Thailand.
Also to know only on the day of a seven and a half hour flight that you had actually got visas is a little different.
We only came to know of a desperate need for a brother and sister to go to the BEC Thailand about 2 and half weeks before actually flying from India, and from volunteering at Bartimaeus blind school and hostel www.bartimaeusforblind.org.
WHERE WERE WE HEADED?
To England … but we didnt realize what was planned for us!
Instead we began a now less than 2 week sprint, to get organized to go to Thailand, with complications causing us to have to change our attempted plans almost daily, and consider away around the obstacles, being told we needed more info and an invite letter, and more complications in Bangalore where we were living, caused us to have to travel 350 km on an overnight bus to Chennai to submit our visa application.
Then a return journey of 350 km on an overnight bus ride, due to their faster processing time. It still meant the fastest they would give our passports back, hopefully with visa!! was the day of the flight to Thailand.
So 0400 hours Thursday morning the day of the flight came, head to Chennai, open our passports and we have the visas!!!
Head straight back to Bangalore, have an hour at home, then head to the airport to check in, 800 KM completed on the day by road, now the easy part eat sleep rest through 6 hours flight to bangkok then an hour wait, then a one hourish flight to chiang mai home of the BEC, I slept through both take offs.
We are met at the airport by a young contact who takes us to our new home.
OUR LABOUR BEGINS
The next day we begin making calls to other contacts, and find out when they would like to come, the students are a mix of ages, they ask some very interesting questions, one of the contacts comes 3 evenings a week, he also joined us for the once weekly student meal on Friday night for the first time;
he turned the occasion into a feast when he brought a few bags of food with him including grilled chicken, all stayed after the meal for a few hours, the company and food seemed to be enjoyed by all.
Andy and Ivin Barrett