This Time Last Year

January 2, 2013 Comments Off on This Time Last Year

This time last year, I traveled to India with my grandmother.

I’d never been anywhere in Asia, and I hadn’t traveled extensively in a long time prior to this trip. I didn’t study abroad in college. The most “exotic” place I’d visited in my then-recent memory was Scottsdale, AZ. No joke.

I encountered many strange and beautiful things in India. I rode an elephant, learned to love getting stuck in traffic, and dropped lanterns and marigolds into the Ganges. I had too many close-calls with stray cows (and their, um, droppings) and stubbed my toes while walking shoe-less in an ancient temple. Even more significant for me, though, was rediscovering my passion for travel. I’ve traveled since I was young. I’m fortunate enough to have parents who made it a point to expose my brother and I to fascinating destinations and cultures. But during my college years, I forgot just how happy travel makes me. I wanted to make the most of my experience on campus and to figure out what sort of work I might like to find after graduation.

That’s not to say I never thought about traveling. I did, more than once, but I never went through with it. I made up excuses: too expensive, too many logistics to sort out…

I see now that I was unmotivated and a bit afraid. I hope to make travel a priority in the next phase of my life. I can’t deny what I love.

I took lots of pictures in India. I used film exclusively on the trip, something I hadn’t done since high school. I wish I had the means to shoot with film more often. I love the look and feel of it. Below you’ll find a few of my favorite images.

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