Mission Rabies Goa 2018

Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 14: Mission Accomplished, and Saying Goodbye

All good things eventually must come to an end, and that includes this incredible adventure.  The vaccinating and caring for the animals goes on all year, but these Mission Rabies volunteer projects are only two weeks long, and the last day had (all too quickly) arrived.   We gathered at the reception area in the morning as usual, and rolled out…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 13: Catching and Vaccinating the Dogs and Puppies

There are so many enjoyable aspects of the Mission Rabies Goa vaccination drive (Here’s their Facebook Page; give em a ‘like’).  I loved meeting and bonding with my fellow volunteers. Driving through Goa and walking the streets and alleys was fascinating.  Sampling Indian breakfast cuisine at the different roadside cafés was great. Meeting and chatting with the residents of Goa…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 11: Recharging our Batteries

The Mission Rabies vaccination drive is exhilarating, but it’s physically taxing work.  You wake up early and spend nearly the entire day chasing down dogs, in stifling heat and humidity.  Fortunately, the Mission Rabies folks provided us with the opportunity to recharge our batteries after the first week, by arranging a relaxing, meditation retreat for the volunteers.  On Saturday morning,…

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Mission Rabies Goa: Chapter 10 – The People of Goa

In my previous post, I described Goa as a city of crazy contrasts and contradictions, and that’s true. There is one thing, however, that remains consistent about Goa, and that is its residents: the kindest, friendliest, and most appreciative people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting.  Although I knew that the impetus behind Mission Rabies is to reduce the…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 9: The Scenery

The two weeks of this vaccination drive were amazing.  Goa had me totally mesmerized. Rather than blog about the trip chronologically, I’m going to highlight some of the most memorable aspects of the entire mission.  I thought I’d start with the scenery and natural beauty.  Goa is a state on the western coast of India. The Portuguese first landed there…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 7: Orientation, and then… the Beach!

I woke up refreshed this morning, despite having a difficult time falling asleep last night.  I had taken a nap before dinner, and after dinner I just wasn’t tired.  Eventually, Satan’s aspirin (i.e. Ambien) did the trick.   I lumbered downstairs and headed over to the restaurant for breakfast with my fellow volunteers.  The non-Indian fare was pretty nondescript: slices…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 6: Arrival in Goa

I’m sitting in the Mumbai airport.  My flight to Goa boards in 45 minutes.  Last night, after a smooth landing in Mumbai, I headed to Immigration/Passport Control.  I was amazed to find very few passengers, and tons of clerks manning the windows.  It’s almost always the other way around.  Getting through immigration was a breeze. I headed to the Arrivals…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 4: Three Days To Go!

Yesterday, I spent the day packing. Weather reports show the temperature in Goa, Delhi, and Mumbai to be in the high 80s and possibly low 90s, so I’m just bringing shorts. I’ll have one pair of long pants, and those will be the pants I’ll be wearing on the flight. The Mission Rabies handbook says that I’ll need long pants…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 3: What We Will Be Doing

As the date approached, I began receiving occasional e-mails from the Mission Rabies volunteer coordinator detailing the finer aspects of the mission.  For example, we were gently reminded that many of Mission Rabies’s projects take place in warm countries, so that we should avoid risks like sunburn, heat stroke, or heat exhaustion.  I looked up, on the internet, the average…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 1: Mission Accepted!

When I retired last year, I thought my life could be divided into my “professional identity” and my “civilian identity”, and I was happy to leave my professional identity – and all of the stresses that arose from that – behind, and just live happily with my civilian identity. But being a veterinarian is not like being a toll collector…

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