by Angela Showalter

We reached Agora yesterday in time for our first meal with host families after a long drive through the mountains, an overnight stay in Uttarkashi, and a sunny two-hour hike from the trailhead. Splitting into groups of 4 and 5, we followed our hosts to their homes and enjoyed our first tastes of delicious, locally-grown food in the village. We sat on porches, in living rooms, and in cozy attic kitchens to eat. Girls from the village braided CCS girls’ hair and we all shared a lot of warm smiles and laughter.

In the afternoon we walked to a spot above the village with a view of the snow-capped mountains at the top of valley and talked about the way the people of Agora use and protect the resources of this place. Suman gave us a tour of his beautiful, nearly-finished new house. The stunning view of the terraced fields and the waterfall on the opposite side of the valley took our breath away. He promised that future groups can stay in his extra rooms. (We won’t forget, Suman.)

Spirits in our group are high. It is so good to be here.

4 responses to “Agora Welcome”

  1. Dave's Mom Avatar
    Dave’s Mom

    Hello Angela – I’m very thankful to hear of your safe and happy arrival in Agora! For many in the group it must have been sort of a homecoming? Savor your special time in that enchanting place and please share the projects, activities and pictures (lots of pics please) from your joyous adventure.

  2. Jan Showalter Avatar
    Jan Showalter

    So thankful you have arrived safely at Agora. Thank you for sharing this beautiful description of a very special place. Enjoy! ❤️

  3. jbyersccs Avatar

    Have a great week in Agora! Sounds like they were ready for you and will make it a special experience for one and all. Send photos of Suman’s house and the village. We blog readers are missing the colorful photos but very happy to be hearing from you all again!

  4. Anna Flynn Avatar
    Anna Flynn

    Anna was probably looking for a Starbucks :0

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