It was only after I gained admission into the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom in September 2016, that my tryst with travel began. Although I cannot deny the homesickness I felt in my first few weeks in a new country (in fact a new continent), I certainly appreciate the warmth I felt in the arms of every new lane I embraced. It is when I took to travelling. During the spring of 2016, I planned my first visit across Europe. From then on, there was no looking back. Europe became my new home. I felt I no longer missed the place I came from. India.
But I was quite wrong. Only when you are least expecting it, what you leave behind, will mysteriously remind you of the mutual connection. Even though I had travelled extensively across six European countries and soaked in their culture, I only craved for all the temples, the mountain passes, the monasteries and the desserts that I hadn't visited in my own land. Consequently, the frustration sent me off on this quest to discover anything even remotely Asian and making it a point to visit these destinations in Europe. Not only did I learn to create a travel experience of my choice, but I had the pleasure to visit this beautiful monastery which was just half an hour from my university. The Wat Buddhapadipa Monastery.