Hello from India!

Rishikesh

Hello from India!

After last year’s massive struggle to get to India and the disappointment in never actually getting there, I’ve been relatively quiet about this trip to India. My friends and family all knew about the trip, but I tried to keep as quiet about it as possible. I was afraid to get my hopes up, only to watch it fall apart again.

India is a place I have dreamed of visiting for a very long time, and when last year’s trip fell apart, I could barely talk about it. I was so disappointed. Still, I knew that all would be explained in time. Had I gone through with the trip, there’s no way I would have been able to quit my job and go after my dreams, so in many ways, staying home is exactly what I needed. It wasn’t what I wanted at the time, but it got me to where I am today.

I am finally am in India, and I can barely contain my excitement. I am so happy I can finally include you all in it for the next seven weeks. This is my longest trip ever and my biggest since Africa. Again, I am traveling solo, but at the two destinations I am visiting, I should be able to make friends. Never in my life have I stayed longer than a week in one place, and for this trip, I won’t be doing much hopping around. Instead, I’ll be in one place for four weeks and another for two weeks, with some travel days in there.

Rishikesh

Last night, after a fourteen hour plane ride and six hours in the car, I arrived in Rishikesh. Here, I will be spending a month getting my yoga teacher certification. This is not only something I have wanted to do for a while now, but it’s also something I vowed to do in honor of my friend, Anita, who took her life two years ago. This is also something I want to do for myself, especially after all the changes in my life; I am looking forward to some down time and soul searching through yoga.

After getting my certification, I will head south to work with Leave UR Mark, which is what I planned on doing last summer. I will stay there until the middle of December and celebrate my birthday in India before heading home for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

I don’t want to tell you too much, as I am hoping you’ll watch my long awaited adventure unfold. I will probably take some time away from social media to truly immerse myself in my yoga studies, but I will try to share as much with you as I can. Stayed tuned on the usual outlets: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, plus on my new favorites: Snapchat (WanderingErin) and Flipagram.

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Comments (5)

  1. Ira

    What a very personal adventure. I had the same thing when I lived in Beijing for a year…staying in one place brings to light the lovely intricacies and the localized specialties of a place. Really engaging.

    1. The World Wanderer

      A year in Beijing sounds amazing, Ira. Yes, more time in one place makes you appreciate it even more, plus you’re not rushed to try do everything at once. It was a beautiful experience.

  2. Bama

    I went to southern India for a month in November and it truly lived up to its reputation. Of all seven countries I went to in the past six months India was truly the most mentally challenging. However I would go back in a heartbeat, despite the chaos, unbelievably loud noises (this is from someone who lives in another people-packed country like me), and all those attack on my senses, India’s history and rich archaeological sites are the ones that will keep me coming back for more.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I totally get what you’re saying, Bama! I can’t wait to go back, although when it was time to come home I was ready. I’ve never felt that way before, but I think 7 weeks away combined with the approaching holidays and India’s chaos made it easy. I appreciate life at home so much, but miss India’s rich culture. I am hoping to get back in 2016! Glad you’ll go back too 🙂

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