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A Lot Happened In Between – GSE Scotland

This is the very first photo that was taken for our Group Study Exchange(GSE) Program to Scotland (September 8 to October 9, 2012). Look at the broad smile! Of course, it had its own reasons. It was my wildest dream to visit a developed country, and through GSE it happened in real. The photo was taken at the Ahmedabad(INDIA) airport.

And this is the last photo of the trip. Actually, this is a post-GSE photo which was taken after eight days of GSE, as I had been to London for seven days as a pleasure trip. If you compare this photo with the above one, you can surely find the difference in lack of face value 🙂 It’s always hard to leave something you enjoyed a lot.

A lot happened in between these two photos. Time I cherished was probably the best time of my life, in terms of being selected for GSE, having a good team together, being taken care well by the Rotarians from Rotary District 1230, spending good times with host families, giving presentations, being praised for our blazer almost at every club meeting, enjoying the social & cultural visits, learnings from the vocational visits, affections to places visited, mood swings, totally different kind of food & weather from what we have back in INDIA and what not! I am not making a list, but if I do, it would go on and on.

Life always gives a second chance, and I do believe it now.


Devang Vibhakar is the Founder and Editor of www.SpeakBindas.com. He has interviewed more than 350 people. His effort was recognized by Limca Book of Records, twice. He has been to Scotland as well as Germany as part of vocational & cultural exchange programs and has compiled five books so far. He's passionate about bringing forth interesting stories & interviews of entrepreneurs to avid readers of SpeakBindas. He can be reached here.

5 thoughts on “A Lot Happened In Between – GSE Scotland

  1. Dear Devang,

    It was nice to have team mate like you in the trip. You all were truly cooperative and complementary. I was a proud leader to have you all in my team. We enjoyed and learned a lot during the tenure. I wish you all the success in your future endeavors. And also wish to see you serving in Rotary someday.

    1. Himalbhai, the bonding is still ON and will stay forever for we had spent the most memorable time of our lives in Scotland. It is truly ineradicable. Having you as team leader was comfortable for we were lead properly in a balanced manner.

      I am too enthu about joining Rotary in future for sure, for I’m indeed indebted for the GSE opportunity rendered to me by Rotary. And platform of SpeakBindas is always open for interviews of Rotarians doing humanitarian services. Feel free to suggest. I believe, I gotta interview you for you were selected as the Rotarian of the year for the year 2012.

      Rubaru maliye etle vat 🙂

      1. mirani patel says:

        Hi Devang,
        When I was child my mom used to say me that if I want travel the world without any kind of expenses,this was possible only in dream. As gujarati quotation ,’vagar ticket ni yatra to sapna ma j karva male’ and we did it. we are really very lucky and I am lucky, due to youngest and smallest member in team I got all benefits which you lost. Am I right Himalbhai?
        Thank you Devang for written good things about Rotary and team.

        1. Hi Mirani,
          I believe that your mom would be proud of you now for you have indeed made dream a REALITY.

          Well, I believe that we all other team-mates actually enjoyed giving you benefits for you being youngest and smallest in the team, so I don’t think that I lost anything, rather gained a lot. Himalbhai would be of some help here with his opinions 🙂

          1. Himal Pandya says:


            aa to jaate ne jaate “hu naani, hu naani’ kahi ne jid santoshvaa ni vaato che.

            naak ma dum kari didho naani e, enu kai nahi?………..iceburg che e……jetli bahar ena thi kyaay vadhu andar………

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