By Mihika, Siya, Ahana, and Khushi.

This trip was full of new experiences and adventures. We grew closer as a community but a the same time we became independent.

The 8th grade went on a remarkable trip to Dalhousie, Dharamshala and Amritsar. This trip was full of new experiences and adventures. We grew closer as a community but a the same time we became independent. This trip was more than just educational. It was a time for us to grow and to become who we are. We discovered ourselves and gained a unique perspective on life. We have created everlasting memories, such as rock climbing, hiking and dancing in Dalhousie: ones that we will cherish forever.

We started of our trip with Amritsar. We first visited the Wagah border, which is the official border between India and Pakistan. The girls of the 8th grade engaged in danced to patriotic songs and celebrated our glorious country. The whole grade hooted and cheered for the brave and noble Indian soldiers that protected our borders. Our voices and cries could be heard in the foreign land of Pakistan, letting our neighbouring country hear our praise for our motherland. We visited the golden temple of Amritsar and we bowed our heads before the Guru Granth. We heard the prayers and we could smell the amazing food from the dhabas. After exploring the sparkling jewel of Amritsar we dined at a local dhabba to enrich our “cultural perspective and our palette.” We had amazing food before we went to our hotel to rest for the night. The very next day we got up to board our bus and journey to Dalhousie. We saw amazing scenery and were surrounded by the serenity of the untouched land.

Our second destination was Dalhousie. There we did many adventurous activities like trekking, rock climbing and repelling. Our first activity was trekking. We played pranks on each other during the trek which increased a sense of community, we also learnt to become more observant and aware of our surroundings. We appreciated nature and let it engulf us. The treck helped to refresh our minds and fill it with positivity. In the treck we also played fun games with our teachers like lock and key and heard stories about the old pine tree. Another thing we did was the surya namaskar (sun salutation) with one of our teachers. Our next activity was rock climbing and repelling. It was a task at first but we challenged and pushed ourselves, and with the support of our amazing teachers and peers we finally completed the climb. Through this activity we all learnt how to motivate each other and as a result of this we all grew closer. Our we got to see some of our teachers climb and repel too. The journey of Dalhousie was stunning and all of the students and teachers had a great time.

The last place we visited was Dharamshala. That was the most educational part of the trip as here we visited museums and other historic areas. The teachings we learnt from the Dalai Lama are lessons we will carry with us always. The shopping, trying new foods, huddling together in the cold and much more are some of the beautiful memories we will always remember.

On the last night of our trip we played holi with our peers and teachers,and sat around the bonfire and shared horror stories with each other.

We learnt a lot about the amazing cultural beliefs of Buddhism and gained a unique perspective of the locals there.

We learnt a lot about the amazing cultural beliefs of Buddhism and gained a unique perspective of the locals there. We learnt the true meaning of supporting each other by participating in activities such as rock climbing,rappelling,trekking etc. Not only did we have an incredible time with our peers but the teachers present on the trip made it so much better. Without them nothing would have been the same. So thank you teachers, Thank you for being the amazing, supportive, funny and enthusiastic teachers that you are and thank you for making the trip into memories that we will never be able to put into words.

A collection of articles by the students of Ascend International School

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