My two week trip to the USA started with living in an airbnb with a gay couple. I didn’t know at the time when I booked but was pleasantly surprised with Casey and Stephen. Their home was so spick and span that I even doubted whether there was someone living there. They both worked early mornings and came early evenings , where I would basically see then for a few minutes and they would disappear. It was great for my jet lag. In India we spend the whole day looking after our homes and still it looks so lived innate all times. . My first learning in the two days at their home was to keep clearing the mess as soon as you have made it.
On 26th we moved to the outdoors with Alpine ascents team and guides Devine and Arielle. and 7 other learners apartment from me. We were an American , Canadian and Indian group. The group split into 5 tents with two tent mates each. Interesting thing to note is that each one had a particular character and while I am more of a listener than actually a talker, my observation powers were at optimum. Also, theres a saying that if you are knowledgeable, you speak less and listen more. A background of working with over 70 nationalities in the world, people reading is my favourite .
We spent our first day in a national park , quite pretty and set up base with our tents and revision of tying knots and prussicks. Night was spent in the confines of a national park where other campers were parked in a holiday spirit.
The next seven days was great learning in snow ice and cold at the artists point mount Baker where we set up camp in the midst of winds and later returned in the thick of snow.
Lesson 1 : Accept People as they are and this way you do not have a conflict in your mind.celebrate the difference in culture. I learnt that Kara is such a positive girl and wanting to learn more.