I traveled for a whole month in incredible India. I traveled alone and with friends; I stayed in peoples’ homes and studied yoga for a week at a school for traditional medicine, known in India as Ayurveda. I ate the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted in my life, the most savory curries, the sweetest sweets. Every single day was a lifetime of experience.
The country of India is laid out in 35 states, much like the USA has 50. I spent my first week in the southernmost state of Kerala, a tropical wetland on the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is so green and hot – if you’ve ever been to Hawai’i or Costa Rica, it’s a lot like that, but with plants and trees three times the size, and a lot more animals and a LOT more people. And everyone is beautiful; skin color ranges from deep rich chocolate to almost milky tan, eye color from black to misty green. Everyone has rich, thick black hair – the women wear it long, past their waists, and often tie strands of jasmine blossoms in it, so their bodies are surrounded by the magical perfume all day long. Flowers the size of your face peep out of every tree and shrub, and there are signs – in English as well as Malayalam (the language of Kerala) – warning everyone walking by to beware of falling coconuts!!!