I was aware that India would be very different from I had encountered before. I was theoretically prepared for the stark contrasts and ready to embrace the expected culture shock. But all my years of research and love from afar did not prepare me for the actual impact it had on me.
I used to say that I am a city girl through and through. When it came to travel, I was focused on city trips and architecture, the idea of the country side and nature bored me. Until I made it to Vietnam... and was convinced otherwise.