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Dear India

Dear India,

My first expectation of you before I came was that I would not like you and feel painfully homesick. I also thought my body would not be able to handle you. The good news is, my expectations were not met. I am very sorry if you were frustrated with my expectations. I am sorry if my expectations were low and made you feel like I failed to recognize your potential and greatness. Know that I now do recognize your greatness. There are also many other elements I recognize about you. I recognize the loud and chaotic and unorganized cities. I recognize all the cows and trash and millions of smells. I recognize the beauty of the people inside and out with their fabulous colorful saris, kurtas, dupatas, and other clothes. I recognize the warmth, kindness, and friendliness of so many people who ask to keep in touch for the future. Lastly, I recognize that there is so much more to you than what I saw, interpreted, and experienced. There is more than one culture. More than one people. More than one religion. More than one Masala. And more than one way of life.

See you later.

Love,

Sophie