What did you feel on your last day in India?

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View Poll Results: What did you feel on your last day in India?
At last! I wished I had never gone! 7 2.46%
The trip was a bit too long for me. 12 4.23%
Looking forward to clean water/safe food... 36 12.68%
How can I tell my friends about everything? 53 18.66%
"Home" will never feel the same after this. 67 23.59%
I'd like to come back... sometime. 50 17.61%
I already have a plan to return next year... 84 29.58%
I'll sell something and come back next month! 19 6.69%
Next time, I'll have a lot longer in the country. 69 24.30%
I wouldn't go alone/with someone next time 12 4.23%
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#1 Nov 17th, 2005, 02:55
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How was your feeling on the final day of your trip? Be honest, now!
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The last time I left India it was with a home already established to come back to. I was looking forward to my 'visit' back to UK but wanting to get things sorted and tied up ASAP to get back ASAP ---so the something I sold was my house!

I voted according to how I felt on my first ever return to UK, when the experience was so new, and everything about India so different for me that I]How can I tell my friends about everything?[/I] is about the closest.

But maybe I'll always look forward to turning in the tap and drinking the water!
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Excited to be heading back home and at the same time sad to be leaving what had felt like home too!! Difficult to describe really.....a mixture of all sorts of emotions.
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Similar to Priya really, very mixed. Happy to be going to a cleanish home without mozzies where the pillows are soft but also very very sad and tearful. worried how I am going to find the money to go again next year (more likely 2007). But it feels like I have left a chunk of me there that I will have to return for and also that I have taken away a dazzling experience that leaves me speechless when people ask me what it was like.

I am hooked!
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To me : India is the best place in the world to stay longer & enjoy.
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my last days are like preparing for an underwater swim- being away from Bharat is like holding my breath. Other than that, it's usually about shopping.

deep breath deep breath deep breath- DIVE! DOWN THE RABBITT HOLE WE GO. to a place that has almost no one walking around, no horns, not very good food, no smiles, lots of worry, unhappy people, most of whom are incredibly fat.
clean, tho . ..
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I did not want to leave. A magical six months and it was over. had to go back ,things to sort ,things to do.I liked that sort of life ,good fun.!!!!
Know i have tickets booked, all things sorted,most things done and in 8 weeks it's On the road again Had to stay home for Xmas this year !!!or so i was told! 8 weeks ( Kingfisher)
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I sort of want to answer YES to all of the options apart from the first and last.. In the end I chose "2" as 4 months was definitely a bit too long without any real purpose apart from "touring"..

Needless to say I'll be back in January...
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I did not want to leave, i was almost crying!! Eventhough we were travelling on to the Maldives and Dubai, at that point i would have been just has happy staying in India..But the minute we got on the airplane from Trivandrum to Male, i already started talking about coming back, but next time way longer!! And we just arrived home 5 days ago, and are planning another trip to India.. So it will be trip number 3...But the first 2 times we did guided tours..Next time we will be more independent...
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I did not want to leave, and in fact, started to plan my next trip as soon as I got back home. Re-adjusting to white bread suburbia was difficult for about a month. But what was most interesting to me was how much people told me I had "changed". I did not have to speak or act a certain way, people just took one look at me and said "you've changed".
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I was heartbroken to leave.
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I was excited to get home. I loved my trip and knew that I would plan other ones, but I was getting a bit tired. The one thing I was looking for was not having to bargain. I am not too good at it. I spent a decadent few hours in the Amsterdam airport spending my secret stash (20.00US). Dutch chocolate, strong coffee, gin and tonic, red wine.
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i don't think any of those poll options fit for me. i had a mixture of feelings, but after my last trip that lasted three months, i can honestly say that i was ready to go home, except for leaving my lover behind. india is an intense experience for me and i need some breathers in between trips!
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First and foremost sad.....but so happy at the same time.

Not happy at leaving, but about the experiences and all the things I learnt and gained from a way too short month....

Would love to go back and finish the experience properly but will have to wait until after a few other unscaled mountains are tamed first.......
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my last day in india

I think i was so caught up with all the detail, flight info, that it all rushed by. I remember that savoury last meal and the restaurant in mumbai . It wasnt until we were up in the air that i was looking down on the motherland with tears in my eyes. I couldnt believe i was leaving! i had just been home!
Coming back to your own culture is definitely harder than integrating into a new one, an ancient one.....
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