Being Asian, But Not Identifying With It
Fran:“I’m Black.”“Really? Are you mixed with something?”I get this response a lot when people ask me what I am and I’m prepared for this follow-up question. It’s kind of crazy that people you don’t even know can challenge you on your identity. Sometimes if I don’t feel mentally prepared…
My top 5 things to do:
- Visiting elephant orphanage
- Nuwara Eliya
- Tooth Relic
After we spent a couple days in Manipal and roadtripped to Bangalore – we hopped on a flight from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was an absolute dream, we had a packed schedule and a driver/tour guide the whole time we were there. One thing, I immediately learned is that even though some Sri Lankans look Indian, the small country is mostly Buddhist. Maybe it’s just me but the countries that are mostly buddhist have the friendliest, calmest people I’ve ever encountered. I really loved the vibe I was getting in Sri Lanka.
The moment we landed, I was struck by a blast of heat. I had some layers on the plane so I discreetly changed in the car – I was too hot to function! Our driver immediately took us to the Pinnewala orphanage – he wasn’t playing when he said we had a full itinerary. I loved seeing all the elephants and we even got the chance to wash and ride one! After the elephant ride, I had a lady accident but I tried to not let it dampen my plans. We also visited a ayurvedic farm and I tasted the best tea I’ve ever had and got some lotion and hair stuff. We later stopped by the Tooth Relic Temple which is apparently from Buddha. I didn’t like the crowds there but I enjoyed these murals that depicted how the tooth traveled and ended up in Sri Lanka. Our first night, we stayed at a fabulous hotel and thank god because that was the busiest first day I’ve ever experienced when traveling.
Just a snippet of Cambodia…where do I even begin? I’ll just give a brief summary. We were planning this trip for what seems like forever…even before we started going out. I wanted to go the week of our anniversary so it would be more special but in retrospect that was a bad idea because Nelli had major visa issues when we came back to San Fran. Finally the day came…I was anxious but I was flying with an expert traveler. One thing I should do better next time is pack lighter and dress for the occasion. My duffel bag was filled to the brim and it was so heavy and difficult to travel around. Also a lot of the places were temples and wanted people to be dressed conservatively. Of course I brought all my cute tanks and shorts…so I had to wear tshirts and jeans which made me super hot…sigh. Oh and another thing I would bring hairspray and some oil wipes because of the humidity…I know #girlproblems. Anyway, we came into the Capitol which is pnomh penh and our tour guide got started right away. A few things I noticed is everybody was really poor I saw a lot of homeless people living on the streets. There was just a lot of activity in general very hustle and bustle. There were also a lot of motorcycles and way too much crazy driving. We visited a lot of markets and did some successful bargaining for gifts. We saw a lot of other tourists which was cool. The weather was great a little sunny but mostly overcast. We couldn’t see the palace because there was some political tension which made me nervous.