Today I saw a miracle

By a strange twist of fate I found myself in Meghalaya. Okay, that happening was not totally unexpected, as I had planned going there for a while. This trip was almost cancelled a few weeks ago. Now I am Meghalaya’s capital of Shillong.

I embarked on my next adventure with my friend Sangeeta and her wonderful family. And today we went to the cleanest village in Asia – Mawlynnong.

 

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Honestly, I thought that it was impossible. Impossible in India at least. But this country has surprised me yet again. Again, today I saw a miracle.
I just wanted to mention that Meghalaya is a relatively clean state in general. The cleanest one of all I visited up to date. But this village….

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The streets are very clean.

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Maybe because there are rubbish bins are everywhere.

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They are made from bamboo and attached to the trees or fences. The only rubbish I found was in the car park and near restaurants – the places occupied by tourists. And this is very sad.

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These old ladies were removing weeds from private property and the streets.

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The villagers are very proud of their houses, front and back yards. I don’t think that the people here are rich financially, but they look neatly dressed and stylish.

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Surprisingly, despite hundreds of visitors a day, people keep their doors open. This kind of trust is hard to find these days.

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While walking past one house, I noticed the open door and a sleeping baby just in front of it. In the Western world this is totally unheard of.

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Kids wander around by themselves.

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Lots and lots of flowers are everywhere. My beloved orchids just grow on the trees.

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Chickens, roosters, even cats.

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People do their daily activities and don’t pay much attention to the visitors. After all we are their livelihood. But I think it should be very annoying to see tourists poking their noses into the private houses and yards. Their whole life is on display as some sort of a human zoo. Maybe because of this the villagers tried to stay to themselves. The souvenirs shops are, of course, different.

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This village is very close to the Bangladesh border and from some high points it’s possible to see Bangladesh.

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There is a cute bamboo tree house. From the top it’s possible to see Bangladesh and a local church.

 

 

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I probably completely lost my mind to think I should climb that structure, but I just had to see it.
It was scary.

Just have a look at the joints tied by bamboo leaves.

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But the view was magnificent. And a beautiful Christian church was down below.

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After that we visited the India-Bangladesh border. But that’s another story.

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