This is Atria, a girl from the Philippines who moved to India in search for her inner peace and happiness, and most of all… for LOVE.
Yep, you read it right. I left my home country, my family, my dear friends and all the comfort behind, to be with Avinash, the man I met on my one-year internship in America over 2 years ago.
He is from India and was also an intern. That means we had to go back to our own country once our visas expire.
Being across the world from each other for fifteen months was enough for me to decide to leave everything behind and start a new life with Avinash — and all it took was a leap of faith and a one-way ticket to India.
My journey was not easy though. Let’s just say , the plan was all against the odds. And to be honest, except from the thought of finally seeing my boyfriend again, everything else scared me. I had to constantly remind myself that “Love conquers all”. 🙂
It’s not (always) as romantic as it sounds. I’ve been here in India for 4 months now and I had the most amazing and challenging days of my life! I’ve been through the best and the bad times! And when I say bad, it includes that phase in life of an expat called “culture shock” — being so overwhelmed, disoriented, irritated, depressed, etc.
I can’t say I’ve totally overcame this stage. But I’m getting there. With the help of my boyfriend, I’m slowly understanding the culture and learning the norms and the language. I can even eat spicy food now! I have also finally met Avinash family which was one of the greatest things — and his mom — oh, she was the sweetest!
Those are only a glimpse of my new life in India and I have a lot more to share! Follow me as I tell my sweet and not so sweet journey in this blog I called “Bittersweet Escapes”.