Leaving India

Trip Start Jan 24, 2007
Trip End Mar 12, 2007

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

The main reason I came to Chennai is because long ago when I was imagining what this trip could hold for me I booked a ticket from here to Sri Lanka. Sort of a long term goal, plus I needed an onward ticket to get the visa. I arrived here early this morning with not much expectation and I haven't been disapointed. I am getting some laundry done, confirming flights and getting ready to leave India tomorrow. I strolled along a few beaches and visited the local fort and some churches. It pales in comparison to everything else I've seen here. I'm leaving this country with mixed emotions. I came here expecting be shocked when I stepped off the plane and was not. It was a slow, relentless attack on my senses instead. It seems I've gone through every emotion since I've been here. I've been amazed and appalled, fascinated and frustrated, mesmerized and mortified, pleased and pissed off. I've loved it and I've hated it. I can honestly say I have never been as uncomfortable as a solo woman traveler as I have been in this country. I'll also say that after 6 weeks I seem to be coping much better. I thought I could handle anything, but this shows me I still have a lot to learn! I've heard it said that it takes 2 lifetimes to really discover India. I think the past 6 weeks will be enough to last me for quite some time.
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