Have you ever lain down on the grass stared up at the stars and noticed the different colors. Have you ever spent long rambling conversations with friends all night long? Seen the red moon. Counted trucks as they passed and seen the trains go whizzing by. Found romance under stolen mornings, chocolate and sunsets. Thatâ€™s the TIP hostel and a lot more. I have discovered friendship when I doubted its existence. I have learnt to live with people I donâ€™t like and be friendly with those whom I canâ€™t stand. Food from roadside inns and snacks passed through grills between the hostels at 2 in the morning. Been through days when I couldnâ€™t get out of bed and couldnâ€™t stop crying. And there have been days when I could not stop singing. And mornings when I have woken up at 6 to go for a walk in the drizzle. And nights I have stayed up just to see the sun rise. Counseled friends over broken hearts and seen relationships blossom and strengthen and then dwindle and fade. Seen the despair and happiness that people are capable of. Found company in solitude. Seen the moon reflected on the lake while drinking hot tea. Eaten ice cream every night in the severe winter cold. Played hopscotch in the cafeteria and slept in the library. Discovered exotic insects and slept with chameleons on the bed stead and frogs under the cupboards. Learnt the name of every plant and shrub and eaten half ripe fruits plucked off the trees. Gotten soaked through in water fights and baked alive for pointless throw ball competitions. Learnt how to play soccer and how not to act in a play. Learnt to hear in the stillness of the night and to scream in the wind. Actually lived with insane wardens and slept with songs being played at the highest volume. Painted my hair pink and purple and learnt how to dance badly. Discovered every nook and cranny, walked down every path and climbed every wall, possible and not possible. Spent hours talking without saying a word. Formed relationships and learnt to trust and to hope and to dream.