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By Justus Pugh ’16

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, which this year included a Project Week trip to India.

Our experiences in India ranged from breathtaking to heartbreaking.

As soon as we landed, it felt as if we were in an entirely different world. The architecture, the people — even the air was different!

We spent time in the cities of Dharamsala, Agra, Amritsar, and New Delhi. Each city we visited was a completely different type of amazing, and I learned so many different things from every one.

[Read more about this trip and view our explorers’ photo gallery.]

Dharamsala gave us a look at the world from way up in the mountains! We got a chance to see the beauty in nature and service, and experience the culture of the Tibetan people.

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Agra was a city of beauty in history, where we toured the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, both places of ancient and exquisite architecture.

Amritsar showed us the beauty in giving and acceptance. We observed Sikh practicioners at the illustrious Golden Temple, where they feed up to 100,000 people every day!

Lastly, the city of Delhi was where we experienced the harsh realities of the world we lived in. Poverty was everywhere, reminding us all just how fortunate we are to live comfortably in America.

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Venturing all over the country on trains, cars, and buses while seeing so many different aspects of the rich Indian culture was an experience unlike any other — one that can never be relived, duplicated, or replaced!


Justus is a junior at Morgan Park Academy.

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