I was probably the most excited about moving to India, where I lived in Kolkata. I knew a bit more about the broad history of the country this time around, and everything I knew about the place made me suspect it would be a wildly different experience from my other homes, up to that point. That absolutely turned out to be the case, and in many interesting ways. Kolkata was revelatory to me.
We spent the first few days of my adventure touring around the island, but on the third day I started to feel the effects of culture shock. I felt completely isolated and disoriented. I had traveled to Bali alone and entering into a new culture that I had never experienced before was jarring. I could not understand Indonesian and, of course, they could not understand me.
Can't make it to the NAFSA national conference? Not to worry - we're going to have some fun online that week with #notatnafsa2018