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Matthew’s Yak 10/05/17

Matthew’s Yak 10/05/17

My time in Ladakh has led me to reflect quite a bit about what it means to exist outside one’s comfort zone and about the benefits of doing so. I feel like this experience, and what one gains from it, is relative and can vary from person to person. In my experience, living outside of my comfort zone has helped me to better understand and empathize with those who live their lives differently than I do at home. In many ways, I feel that when you travel and remain in your comfort zone (or try to), you risk viewing the other cultures as inferior to your own because you are judging them against an unapplicable standard (your own culture). Or, this could lead you to exoticize that culture for the simple reason that you approach it as foreign. I may be overly optimistic when I say this, but I feel the way I have experienced Ladakh has allowed me to see this beautiful part of the world more honestly for what it is. We still have about a half a week here and I still have quite a bit to process, but I just wanted to take this moment to share my initial thoughts. I hope everyone back home is doing well.

That’s all for now 😊

Matthew Martignoni