Well after 3 months of getting to know and love this city, I’m sad to say my time in Mumbai is coming to an end. In just about a week and a half I will leave Mumbai to travel to Nepal where I’ll get to see the beautiful landscape mostly by foot on a hiking trip.
I can’t even put into words how grateful I have been for the opportunity to live and work abroad again. Traveling abroad is one thing but living abroad is another and I remember why it’s so much more special when you really get to know a place. You become a part of it and it becomes a part of you.
My time here has been filled with new work experiences, new friendships and new cultural experiences that I will never forget. India is a place like no other with so much wisdom to offer everyday. In honor of this Incredible India, I’ve made a list of things that I find so unique and endearing about this country:
Beautiful Saris: India is the only place I’ve traveled to that has largely held onto its traditional dress. From saris to kurtas draped in different ways that are unique to different regions of India. It’s very unique and I couldn’t get enough of the beautiful colors and patterns they come in.
Humility: India is a constant reminder that for so many life is still a constant struggle. This has not only fueled my passion for social entrepreneurship and international development but it brought me back to a humble place. A constant reminder to appreciate the little things.
The Chaos: It is impossible to put into words how completely chaotic this place can be with the population booming, the number of cars, people and animals is almost overwhelming at first. This was certainly overwhelming for me. I’ve never considered myself a city person and probably never will but Mumbai definitely brought it out in me. This place keeps you on your toes whether it be running to catch the train before it leaves the station to almost getting run over by rickshaws, cars and scooters on a daily basis. This chaos definitely grew on me because while the outside may seem chaotic; when you look beyond the chaos India is a serene, peaceful place.
The Food: Yes at first I was nervous about eating Indian food at the thought of being fed something incredibly spicy. What I didn’t realize is there are so many varieties of Indian cuisine. From the delicious meat kebabs to my favorite -the dosa (cheap and delicious!) I have come to appreciate Indian food and actually can’t wait to get Indian when I get home- now that I know what to order:)
My only regret is not having had the time to see other parts of India. This country is so enormous and has so many different landscapes to offer the ambitious traveler. One things for sure, I will be back someday to explore what I didn’t get to this time. On the other hand I’m glad I spent a lot of time in Mumbai and can say I know it pretty well. Thanks to my job I’ve spent a lot of time on trains and on foot going to meetings which have really helped me get to know all parts of Mumbai.
Lastly I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from this trip: