I lived in Guam for two years as a child and it inspired a love of travel that has stayed with me ever since. I fell in love with cultures that were different from mine and as I grew older I was fortunate enough to live in many different places including Bolivia, Peru, Spain and Belgium.
I first went to India as part of my Masters of Global Management course from Fordham Graduate School of Business. I lived in Bhubaneswar, Odisha for four months and instantly fell in love with the vibrant culture, kind people and dramatic landscapes. India is so vast and has so many nuances I was intent on seeing as much as I could and I explored many different parts of the country. It is such a special part of the world and anyone who visits is guaranteed to have an experience of a lifetime.
I'll never forget when…
The Ganga Aarti ceremony in Rishikesh is a communal prayer ritual that takes place on the edge of the Ganges River at sunset. I sat among hundreds of other people on the steps leading into the river while Hindu priests in red garments held lanterns engulfed in fire. Music and devotional singing filled the air and I felt transported to a different time and place entirely. At the closing of the ceremony I placed flowers into the Ganges as an offering to the goddess Ganga. Watching my flowers float downriver among countless others made me feel completely absorbed in local culture.