I still remember my visit to the Taj Mahal very vivividly, it was then that I realised how different it is for a foreigner to travel and visit historic places such as the aforementioned. One big difference would be the amount paid by a local and foreigner when visiting notable places in Agra.
However, that was not the only difference. Having grown up in an Arab country and studying in an international school the concept of race was very different for me. I was never taught to distinguish someone based on the complexion of their skin. Although, I was always aware that everyone looked different, especially being one of the the few black students in the entire school. But I never saw it as a problem, nor did I think to much about it. I started noticing the difference once I moved back to Mozambique a country with different races but predominantly black. In this case I was a part of the majority. Again, I didn't think too much of it.
After moving to India I started noticing the difference. While in college I didn't really face any racial issues apart from the occasional stereotypical comments, but I was already expecting that. It was my visit to the Taj Mahal that left me a bit dumbfounded, I went with my friend who also happened to be Mozambican and studying in Delhi. There we were treated as celebrities. For many here, I suppose, the idea of seeing a black person in real life never seemed like a possibility so when they saw us, perhaps they saw it as an opportunity. Many people approached my friend asking me to take their pictures with her, the people ranged from school children to couple to a group of men. My friend had a different reaction to the incident and took the whole thing very lightly, I myself am still not quite sure what to make of the whole situation.