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Twenty One

by Maggie Barrett

The roof of Tagore International House, the dorm I live in, is covered with all sorts of graffiti from students that have lived here over the past few years. This is one of my favorite pieces.

The quote below it reads:

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.  ~Pico Iyer

I’ve been thinking of the quote more and more recently, as my time in India is dwindling (twenty-one days from today). Exams start on Thursday for me, and it’s been rather hard to get in the mindset of studying; time has flown and it feels like it can’t possibly be time for finals already!

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