Aishwarya Vasudevan gets nostalgic as she talks about her school trip to Saputara.
Educational trips play a vital role in a student's life. They help one actually experience all that the books tell us. This time G.D. Somani School took their 7th standard students to Saputara. We were asked to assemble in the school lobby at 6.00 a.m. for a headcount and instructions for the trip. We left school at around seven or so and through the journey we read books, played dumb charades and stopped for lunch. We finally reached hotel 'Patang' after nine long hours. We were going to lodge here for the next two days.
We were called to the lobby class-wise and allotted our rooms. The day's plans were left open for us to do as we pleased but post-dinner we were expected to join in for a housie session. By 7.00pm we were so bored that we decided to play football in the corridor but when the teachers saw us they sent us back to the room. We then sneaked into our classmates' room and had a lot of fun there till the girls got bugged and told us to go. As it was close to dinner time and we headed towards the dining hall. When we reached there, we found out that some boys had been playing pranks and all the fun-n-games and post dinner housie plans were scrapped as a disciplinary measure.
We had to go back to our rooms. Though we were supposed to sleep, we were so charged up that we started recording our own videos on our cell phones! Finally, we went to sleep at about two in the morning! The next day, I heard the alarm at 5.30 a.m. I was very sleepy but managed to drag myself out of bed and into the washroom. It was a nightmare to get my friends out of bed but by 6.30am. We were all ready and went for a jog uphill.
We stopped at one point to do some stretches and exercises and then headed back to the hotel for a delicious breakfast of idli, vada, cornflakes and tea. We then assembled in the lawn for further instructions. A boat ride at the Boat Club was next on the agenda. The place was full of eucalyptus trees.
We plucked some leaves, crushed them and smelt them. The aroma was heavenly! Later we travelled on the rope rail from where we were taken from one hill over the valley, to sunset point and back. It was lovely to see tiny people from the cable car. We also saw a lake and some cattle.
Back at the hotel we rested for a while before we stepped out again to visit the museum. We saw some awesome handicrafts and ancient stuff belonging to the Dang tribes. We also saw interesting paintings and jewellery. It was a wonderful learning experience.
We then went to an aquarium where we saw colourful fish with beautiful patterns and deep colours. I liked the angelfish the most. After seeing the fish we left class-wise to shop for handmade bamboo products.
At night we had a round of housie which was thoroughly exciting. The night ended with a two-hour jam session. The people who were least expected to dance let go of their inhibitions and started to dance too. Some tribals performed a dance as well. At one point we even thought they might fall as they climbed over each other but they managed to maintain their balance beautifully.
We were later treated to a live 'watch the stars and moon' show. It was awesome to see the moon so close. The next day we were asked to start packing up. We were very sad to leave, but the excursion didn't end without a round of rope walking, Commando Bridge and tug-of-war. The tug-of-war was won by the girls! Nine of us defeated 24 boys (quite a number)! The rope walk was exciting.
I was quite sure I would fall but instead I finished it really fast. It was soon time to head back to the bus for our trip back home. On the bus, we behaved like we were hit by a whip of energy and danced all the way home. I was happy to meet my mum but sad that the trip had come to an end. My mind was buzzing with memories all through the night. Now I'm sitting on my computer gathering all my memories and writing this report, which will be with me as a keepsake forever.
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