Yesterday morning I woke up feeling like I was about to go on the biggest girl guide camp ever! How fascinating that my trip to India inspires such thinking!!! When I was 14 I represented out district for Girl Guides at Camp Kindilin – an international camp held that year in Brisbane.
Going on a train to the ‘big smoke’ was an enormous adventure, especially as Patrol Leader of 1st Yeppoon Company! Arriving at Roma Street Station, I was overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of busy BrisVegas! Growing up in a coastal country town with a population of no more than 10,000 in the whole district, I recall feeling like an ant… small, inconsequential to the world and
excited by the buzz around me.I haven’t thought about that camp for over 30 years…
Little wonder that this feeling I’m experiencing has an association with Kindilin – going to India I’m told is an experience like no other. Denpasar apparently pales into country town insignificance as does Ho Chi Min City…
I clearly recall arriving in both of those cities and feeling instantly bowled over by sights, smells, noises and more than anything, the beautiful people. I am sure India will have a similar impact on this saltwater girl, though for some reason I sense a more profound experience is ahead.
This pilgrimage somehow symbolises a circular journey. One that was mapped out before I drew breath, and that has roots as deep as the ocean floor. As a little girl I used to dream of being an Indian Princess riding on elephants in the Indian jungle. Going without access to technology will no doubt present some withdrawal symptoms and create more space for rest and rejuvenation (am I kidding myself???)
Almost too excited to write, I intend to capture as much of this trip as I did on my first trip to Bali all those years ago. While a highlight will be attending Big Shakti Festival I really want to commit to being present!
I wonder if the changes I experience in India will be visible? Will anyone but me really know what this trip will bring about for me? Will I come back a changed person? I know that after the bliss comes the laundry – I seek to find the bliss within the laundry though wonder if I’ve got what it takes???
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