RISHIKESH, India // India, I don't want to say I don't like you, but I don’t like you. With that said I am glad I came to make my own opinion, and if I'm being honest, it's been tough to live through. Many funny stories have come out of this country mainly due to the fact there have been extremes // the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Also, Adam loves it here.
Adam loves it because its off the beaten path. Its a true “authentic” experience which means there is no air conditioning, accommodations are dirty, and there are no other "nicer" places, its tough to get around, and no one is friendly. I prefer to be on the path a little more traveled with AC, clean rooms, and a few other foreigners around to make myself feel better. AC is the main difference in our opinions though. I love it and India does not. We'll see how I feel when we get home. The bad tends to fade in my memories as time passes, and the good tends to shine a bit brighter.
Lows // stepping in cow poop, being attacked by a large angry monkey, watching 100s of people pooping on the train tracks, the poop everywhere, getting caught in monsoons, mold in every shower, questionable bed sheets and pillows
Highs // being the most flexible I have ever been due to daily yoga (I can touch my toes!), finding deep meditation, our Tabla drum lesson, our cooking class with Shashi, learning how to play cricket at our homestay, the people we met at our yoga ashram