I was getting to know some the 11th graders at my school here in Oman (there are only 10 of them) and I was asking them about the music they like to listen to. Eminem, Taylor Swift, One Direction. They told me they like pop, rock, country, r&b. Then I asked them a little bit about life in Oman. I said something like, "what are some things that make you different from kids in other parts of the world?" After a long pause, one girl said, "Nothing makes us different, really. We are just normal teenagers." And that was interesting to me. Because here I was, making all these assumptions as an outsider, but, despite the differences that I see between these guys and other kids are the world, they really are just like students anywhere else.
And I think that is the major lesson I am starting to learn on this trip. You can go into a school anywhere, and no matter how foreign a place may seem on the surface, people are pretty much the same anywhere. The human condition. It's a wonderful thing.
No more to say right now, but please check out these videos of the senior students in Darjeeling. Stay tuned.