THE Traveler: Heather Patterson Candels of Northfield.

The scene: Near Ranthambore National Park, in India's northern Rajasthan state, a boy seems to stand watch over a collection of shoes that people removed before entering a home.

The Trip: During a small-group trip with Overseas Adventure Travel, Candels and the others drove to a tiny village near the national park to spend time with residents. "While there, we learned about their lives, enjoyed tea on a porch during a downpour and participated in making a meal, which we all shared at evening's end," she wrote in an e-mail. The area "is another world, where we saw camels, monkeys and, not to mention, a tiger in the national park. We also visited a school, where we interacted with the children whose lives are so very different from ours in the United States." Overseas Adventure Travel ( offers trips in locations around the world that immerse travelers in cultural exchange.

About Ranthambore: The park, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, is a former hunting ground of the maharajahs of Jaipur, and holds tigers and leopards, among other wildlife. The 10th-century Ranthambore Fort is a park landmark.

About the Photo: Candels used her iPhone XR to make this photograph. "I loved the shoe colors, the shirt colors, and the joy on the boy's face," she wrote.

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