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A sadu sitting along the ghats of the Ganges River. Photo by Jen Goings, India Semester.

Varanasi is an adventure

Varanasi is a hectic and HOT place! Walking across the street is an adventure in itself and you never know what you’re going to see or come across. For example, many times we turned the corner and ran into small herds of cows and water buffalo. Luckily people were ready to help us and there was a strong sense of community. Everyone that we asked for directions would either tell us directly or find someone who could help us. Although we do admit, there were multiple occurrences where we felt defeated and just wanted to give up. Though we were amazed by the beauty of the bustling streets and Ganges River. Walking up it definitely showed that there was the ability to find peace and calmness amongst the chaos of the city. Quite a learning experience for all of us!

-Anna, Kennedy, Daisy, Chisom