It’s been a while since I traveled anywhere for SikhNet. We have been busy with lots of new things so it has been hard to travel anywhere. Generally when I travel I like to ensure that I have a chance to network with other youth leaders and people in the Sikh community. SikhNet being primarily in the virtual world it really helps to have face to face relationships with people and knowing people in person.
This Friday through Sunday (Apr 18-20) I’ll be visiting Toronto, Canada to network and participate in The Centennial Foundation Vaisakhi Gala as a honoree for SikhNet work. I’m hoping that I get a chance to meet and talk to lots of Sikhs, especially any "youth leaders" who are active in the community.
Whenever I go to Canada I always seem to get pulled aside by customs and questioned/searched. I hope this time around I have all my answers "right". They must think it strange to see a white dude with a turban and feel that they must question me to see what I am. What I have learnt is to know the name and address of the person you are meeting or seeing. If you don’t have this info that’s a red flag. Don’t say you are going to a "camp" which to them might be a "terrorist camp". So if any of you come to the Summer Solstice Camp….. just say you are going to a "Yoga/Meditation Retreat". Such is a life in North America as a Sikh…to stand out. :)