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This was by no means an easy trip, I can say with almost certainty that I don’t think I’ll ever be back to this country again. If i do I’d like to see the more quiet southern regions.
-The pollution is EXTREME- I can not wait to breath clean air.
-The poverty is astounding .
-The people were at times so frustrating to be around, from the pushy hauckers to the beggars to EVERYONE who wanted a tip for EVERYTHING to the creepy men starting at me- I sware the next person who looks at me is probably getting decked.
-Sometimes it was dirty, unsanitary and downright smelly.
-If I never eat Indian food again it will be too soon!
This country is also magnificent. It is rich in culture and religion and love and respect.
For every unkind person there were 3 kind ones.
For every pile of trash there was a temple or place so beautiful and intricate it took your breath away.
For every pushy hauker or gawker there was someone willing to help you or offer a blessing or show you kindness even if it was a simple smile and namaste.
For every unpleasant smell there was a robust burst of spices or a delicious cup of spicy Chai so good your sure you’ll never replicate the flavor.
This trip taught me that beauty isn’t always as clear as it seems and that having a fulfilling experience doesn’t always mean being comfortable.
Stepping out of my comfort zone and allowing myself to see India and it’s people for what they truly are and embrace them both good and bad has been one of the most exciting things Ive ever done.
This trip was a very spiritual one. ’m not a very religious person so I won’t lie and tell you this was spiritual in a religious type of way, because it wasn’t . It wasn’t about God or their gods not for me anyway..
It was spiritual in the sense that the things I saw and experienced touched my soul.
India changed me if only in the fact that it allowed me to love it not in spite of it’s flaws but because of them.