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Cover Story - March 2, 2012

The Perfect Souvenir

First place: Teens

by Maya McNealis

This summer I was moving back. For the last three years I had lived with my family on an expatriate assignment in India, learning the culture, language and way of life. I enjoyed my last days in Bangalore's tropical paradise with my friends, laughing away the aching sadness at leaving them behind. It had irked me to not have all my US comforts, be up on the latest and greatest cool music or gadgets, or be as plugged into the latest celebrity gossip as my friends back home, but I had to admit that I had managed to enjoy many luxuries and amazing experiences during this time. I wished I could take this life along with me in some sort of perfect souvenir even as our departure approached and I grew restless. Like the birds in the skies, I knew it was time to migrate. It would still be time before my feet touched familiar ground though, because before we said goodbye to India, and returned home to the Bay Area, we were making one last trip. It would be the grand finale to our Asian travels, into the Himalayan state of Ladakh.

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