Before I left for our trip to India, I was overwhelmed with feelings of nervousness. I can remember double and triple checking that my locks worked for my suitcases. I was constantly warned to lock up my stuff and to be wary of people on the streets because they’ll try to steal my stuff. So I was prepared for that. I was not, however, prepared for the moment that all my preconceived notions of India were wiped clean.
Walking through the markets and streets, I was greeted by “Hello! How are you?” I never once felt unsafe. I felt as if I were in a (much dirtier) market in America. Almost all of the Indian people I came into contact with were friendly and more than willing to have their photo taken and chat with me. I felt safe.
There is so much to see in India. In my photos I captured moments or observed things that could’ve been easily missed if I hadn’t been searching for them. India is a magical, beautiful place full of moments to be experienced and captured, people to talk to, and historical sites to visit.
No one should be too afraid to travel to a place that seems drastically different from where they’re from. I think some people are afraid of different even though it’s something that should be celebrated. It’s incredibly important to travel, meet new people who are on different paths, and learn about other cultures. I was nervous to travel to India because it’s so different from everywhere I’ve been, but looking back, I was nervous for no reason. I had one of the best and most eye-opening experiences in my life and I strongly recommend study abroad classes.