Layover in L.A.
Trip Start Dec 01, 2004
13Trip End Dec 10, 2004
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Since he had a masters in Sociology I was curious about his impression of how the world had changed for him since 9/11. He explained how a Sikh was killed right after 9/11. The man was also a Sikh and someone angry about 9/11 and not knowing the differences between Muslim and Sikh killed him in a gas station. It was only one of the acts of aggression against anyone from the middle east.
He talked about how in airports they tried to make him remove his turban and how he had to explain that the turban was part of his religion. Not to mention that unlike cartoons where the characters can pop a turban off like a hat his turban was wound and wrapped with his own hair.
He had lived in the United States for the last 30 years. He had been a teacher. He had left his country to get away from persecution and after 9/11 found it again in the country he had sought refuge. He still had a beautiful love of humankind.
He completely won me over when he told me that I had an eternal smile. He asked if I had always had it. I laughed and said "Yes but not always with so many teeth" He was very amused.
People like him are why I travel. These brief moments touched by strangers that reassure you that despite regions, religions and cultures people are all the same. I have so much to learn from travel and I am thankful for it.