Mago has a primary school as well and we were staying in it's building. A couple of motivational quotes adorn the walls. Such as "The teacher opens the door but you must enter yourself", You are not going anywhere on earth without education" and "The roots of education are bitter but the fruits are sweet". We didn't have power for the first two nights. But having power also meant bare minimum of a bulb lit here and there. The floor of the building was concrete and so ice cold. The moment our ass moved out of the mat to the floor we'll jump up :D Luckily the ceiling didn't leak at multiple places like the bungalow in New Meling. After the treks everyday we'll up huddle up in one room, sit on our mats and play games. Slowly darkness creeps in. And somehow clouds start covering up the mountain peaks one at a time. The soft cotton like clouds looked like puffs of smoke at times rising from among the forests. The diming daylight and the white clouds together make the village look very surreal. It was a very different picture from what I had always thought of Himalayas. It is not just the snow clad view of the mountains that is bewitching, but also this rain drenched look that looks like an unknown realm of supernatural beings.
We were supposed to trek upto Jithang, apparently the most picturesque place of Arunachal, on the third day at Mago but had to turn back from a kilometre away. I was terribly disappointed but then it's the mountain that decides where it wants to take you and you obey. The next day we walked back the 22 kms to New Meling. This time the trek felt easier, partly because there was more descent than ascent and partly because we had gotten used to walking with our ruchsacks by now. After one night stay in New Meling we drove to Tawang. Our course was getting over and we were still dazed.
Meet Dawa. We met her almost two years ago in the small village of Samagaun. Her and her family inspired us to attempt to uncover the truths about caste discrimination in Nepal.
So many times people expect to change the lives of those they visit in different countries, but what we've found is that our lives have changed exponentially due to the people we encounter. To travel and never change, the question we ask is how immersed did you find yourself in other cultures and lifestyles? The exploration of the world around us allows us the opportunity to shift our thinking and gain new perspectives not based on our own narrow understandings, but by learning from even the smallest ones around you.