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Jan 29, 2011 - Back To Delhi

Checked out of hotel at 9.30am & back to Shimla station where I went off to meet up with the station master who featured in the John Sergeant BBC programme about the Shimla Hill Railway. Didn’t get to see his old Chai Wallah but had my photo taken with him & our guard, who later let us move from our crowded carriage into an empty carriage further down the train. Another amazing journey winding back down the mountains with terrific views all the way. Great fun at the stations on the way buying chai(tea) & local snacks of varying degrees of...

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Nov 7, 2010 - Closing Thoughts

More pictures and a some closing thoughts from my adventure to India. What I forgot to pack…. A hair brush and scissors What I wished I would have packed…… Pens or pads of paper to give away What I’m thankful I packed…… Granola bars. They helped me though times when no other food was readily available. My most essential item…. My netbook computer. A necessity for Skype and photos. Non issues……. The weather, as it was perfect and mosquitoes, as there were very few. I’m amazed that……. There are not more traffic accidents with the various...

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India Dave

Nov 6, 2010 - Homeward Bound

As I write this, I am somewhere in the sky on my return flight home to America. My sixteen days in India have been extraordinary, surpassing any expectation that I might have had. Logistically my trip was almost flawless, as the itinerary advanced like clockwork. My lodgings were comfortable, the food good and my experiences in India are most memorable. Planned as it was, what made the trip so special are the things that weren’t planned or anticipated, such as my chance meeting with Mr. Singh at the Mehrangarh Fort or ending up in Delhi on...

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India Dave

Nov 5, 2010 - Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali, I said greeting the desk man at Hotel Le Roi this morning, November 5, 2010. Happy Diwali to you, he responded enthusiastically. Today is the first day of the New Year in India. I came to ask the man directions to the Red Fort, a famous landmark in Delhi and he gave me the unfortunate news that because it’s a holiday, the fort is closed. So, I will figure out something else to do today, my last day in India. Before departing, the desk man offered me a sweet from his box of Ladoo. Sweets are popular around the holiday and I...

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India Dave

Nov 4, 2010 - Another Day in Delhi

I’m back in New Delhi, my final destination in India. Tired from my travels yesterday, I didn’t get up this morning until after 9am and enjoyed my Indian breakfast in the café at Hotel Le Roi. The hotel is in a section of the city that is crowded and run down and from the looks of the cheeky hotel signs, is full of low end, budget accommodations. However, Hotel Le Roi is just as advertised, a modern establishment orientated towards the business traveler. My room is clean and comfortably outfitted. Today is eventful, one reason being, it’s...

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Oct 21, 2010 - A Day in Delhi

Today, I ate my first Indian breakfast. Aside from the tea and toast, I'm not quite sure what I ate, but it was tasty. I especially liked the "tortilla like" spicy flat bread. I ventured out of the Hotel Saptagiri about 7:30am. The air was heavy with a haze of fog and pollution. I took a quarter mile walk along the main commercial road, amongst the hectic flow of people going to work and school. It as quite a sight, people jumping on and off of moving vehicles, vendors preparing their roadside fare and school kids prim and proper in school...

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India Dave

Apr 3, 2010 - Delhi

New Delhi ist, wie jedem bekannt, die Hauptstadt und der Regierungssitz Indiens. Indien wechselte die Hauptstaedte mehrmals in seiner Geschichte. Vor langer Zeit war es die Ostbengalenmetropole Kalkutta, dann Bombay und seit 1911 New Delhi. Die Stadt ist mit fast 19 Millionen Einwohnern die zweitgroesste Stadt des Landes. Delhi ist eine heisse, staubige, trockene und laute Stadt. Wenn man das Guesthouse verlaesst, wird man von Hupen, Verkaeufern und Bettlern fast ueberschuettet. Es ist fuer uns absolute unverstaendlich, dass man in dieser...

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Der ferne Osten

Mar 31, 2010 - "I Found Myself"...

Consciously, or not, everyone coming to India, is in search of something. Maybe you are searching for a brief, or extended, escape. Where better to disappear then a society of over a billion people? Or, perhaps you are seeking religion. Where better to discover faiths eternal fruits then amongst a collection of the world’s most devout followers? And maybe still, you are struggling to discover the most difficult entity of all, yourself. Point is, no matter what your reasons for traveling to India, you will leave changed. Let’s start with...

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Mar 14, 2010 - Last day in India

We end India, the way it began, with supper with the family of our travel agent. Such hospitality is the mark this country has made on us. It is tempting to fill this diary entry with the many random thoughts and things learned. However, there is only one thing that I truly want to remember, only one thing I truly want Ben and Simon to have learned and that is how to treat strangers. Thank you India.

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Mar 3, 2010 - The Incredible India

Inflicting the same damage as writer’s block, India has slapped me with the opposite, writer’s overload. What to write about, replaced with what not to write about as even the simplest experiences lend themselves to a myriad of impressions, thoughts and perceptions crucial to the literary re-telling of the experience, but which seem to change just as quickly as I can write them down. You see, to paint an accurate picture of India, is like initiating an argument you cannot win. Each time you think you have an idea or event nailed down,...

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Feb 27, 2010 - Bens Impressions of Delhi Appartment

I really enjoyed my time in Delhi. I particularly enjoyed my stay because we stayed in the same apartment for a whole month. The apartment was very big and comfortable. It was perfectly insulated so we did not even need to use the cooler. The food shop was close by. The milk store man was very kind. There were many malls that where only a couple minutes away. I really liked the restaurant the flaming mustard that we went to twice. The pastas were very lovely and the restaurant was nice looking. The waiters were so kind. The ones that were...

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Feb 24, 2010 - India Post, inspired by Kafka.

I do like to remind myself often of the main difference between long-term travel and weeklong tourism, that being when you are gone for an extended time you have to experience the mundane. Grocery stores, haircuts, laundry and POST OFFICES. Every country has its own variations on what they except as a package. Those of you more diligent readers may recall the postal shack story in Istanbul. Some of you heard the on my knees in Rome postal story. Here is another delightful postal office encounter, this one from India. BACKGROUND STORY The...

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