On 17th January, last year, Rohith Vemula, a Dalit student of Hyderabad University committed suicide after harrassment by the management. He was abused by staff, faculty and even the Vice Chancellor! He was thrown out of his hostel, denied entry into the campus and wasn't even allowed to finish his doctorate! All this was because he fought against and brought attention to the severe caste prejudice and discrimination on campus, found among teachers and students alike. Dalit students were humiliated, ostracized and made to feel as though they didn't deserve to be there even though they got there through their own merit. Rohith tried and failed to make this issue public. He then decided to take the final step in an effort to make the voice of the oppressed heard. You are missed Rohith. Your legacy will not be forgotten. The struggle continues. (caption from @the_indian_socialist
I'm finally starting to feel like myself again on the bike 😎🚴🌎 Yesterday I was cycling through a beautiful part of Spain and I was making good speed. The wheels were turning a lot easier than they had been the first couple of days.
It's still tough going, but I'm definitely heading in the right direction and as I said, I know I'll be back where I need to be in a few weeks.
After more wrestling about with my bags and equipment yesterday morning, I finally decided to ditch my new camping bed.
It's just far too big and I'm just accepting that was a mistake to buy and hoping to learn from it.
The next town was 40km away and I headed towards there to try and find a camping shop and get a new bed.
Arriving in Avila, I couldn't see any camping or outdoors shops on Google Maps.
So I went into Burger King to try and use their wifi and find some but their wifi wasn't working.
The Spanish Siesta was also underway and the shops wouldn't be opening again until 5pm.
Out of options and with no camping bed, I decided to just book myself into a hotel with the hope that I could use their wifi, find a camping shop online and get everything sorted before getting a proper start the following day.
I checked into the hotel and I turned out there isn't actually any camping shops in Avila.
So I'm going to have to cycle on to Salamanca which is 100km away.
With it being Sunday and the shops being shut, I won't be able to buy a camping bed today.
So tonight won't be the most comfortable of nights as I have to sleep on the hard ground.
But these thins are all about perspective.
There are thousands of people without homes sleeping on the street, so I can't complain about being inside a warm sleeping bag.
I'll just be grateful to have some sort of a roof over my head with the knowledge that it should only be for one night.
I think the biggest takeaway from this year so far has been my new outlook and perspective.
I've always been a very glass half full, positive minded person.
But last year I was guilty of letting small problems and issues like this get the better of me.
This year I'm trying to focus on the bigger picture and apply some perspective.