Falling in Essay

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Falling In In 2005 I spent five months in India.There was never a dull moment. The whole trip was filled with intense cultural, personal and spiritual discoveries, which sent me on an emotional roller coaster ride of extreme highs and lows. Many memories from the trip still stick with me: Teaching English in a rural school, where two dirt roads winding through tropical vegetation, rice paddies, and fruit trees crossed to form the village where I lived. Traveling alone as a woman, and really experiencing gender discrimination for the first time. Being invited into homes of strangers, and being offerer chai, food, a place to sleep, small gifts. Learning how to deal with people constantly staring at me.Falling into (and out of) love with a man who was so culturally distant that we didn't know how to bridge the gap. Sleeping on the cold concrete floor outside of a bathroom, suffering from bouts of diarreha and nausea. Hiking in the majestic Himalayas.Riding in rickety busses with hulking metal bodies that clung precariously to narrow roads and passed other vehicles on blind curves. Crashing into the wet pavement after the moped driver had run a red light at night. Screaming at a turbaned man who was watching me sleep in the airport. Sitting in an extremely crowed train, telling a whole group of raptly interested people about my experiences in their country. There are many stories to tell, but I'll share one that stands out in my mind. Haridwar, Uttaranchal is a sleepy town in northern India thats not too far from the Himalayas, about an hours bus ride from the more-visited Rishikesh, . Haridwar is not unlike many small north Indian towns. Shops offer chai, spicy foods, fabric for saris, ayurvedic soap. Cows lounge lazily in the streets, snacking on food scraps and garbage that litter the roads. Small booths are available to make local and long-distance

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