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Dec 8, 2009 - Delhi wedding
First of all, don't miss all the new pictures that I've uploaded on the journal site for past entries! As for the wedding pictures....well my camera decided to break down. So...I'll have to wait for the official pics but as you can see I've uploaded some pictures from functions and events around the main celebrations and then keep an eye out if you're curious.... But most importantly, a week of wedding celebrations is now coming to an end. Tomorrow we will all leave for Chennai and then Salem, the small town and village where Lavy’s family...Jump to full entry
Sep 20, 2009 - New Delhi
Incredible India, as the TV advert goes. I’d forgotten how hot, noisy, smelly and intense India really is. As I walked through the Red Fort I chatted with a couple of Australian ladies who told me how brave I was to be traveling alone. I told them this wasn’t my first time in India – I’ve previously been through that initial shock you get when you first arrive here. This is my third time in India. I feel more in control this time. As a lone tourist I’m open to the many touts and scam artists who populate the big cities. It’s like a game –...Jump to full entry
Sep 20, 2009 - The "Shit on the Shoe" scam
I've been on the end of a number of scams/attempted scams (the gem scam, bus ticket scams, temple scam), but the attached (photo) takes the biscuit. The (brown) "icing on the cake" so to speak. This scam is written up by Lonely Planet. Basically a guy comes up to you asking if you want a shoe shine. You say no as you know that your shoes are clean - then you look down and find a newly placed blob of excrement on your shoe. Which the guy offers to clean off at an exhorbitant cost. I was in Connaught Place in Delhi - where this is apparently...Jump to full entry
Sep 19, 2009 - Bangkok > Calcutta > New Delhi
Got my India visa, so now its off to New Delhi via Calcutta. I flew with Kingfisher. The security process at Bangkok was pretty amusing - separate bag and body search pre boarding - just for India fights - but after that the Kingfisher experience was excellent. Lots of leg room (more than Air Asia and apparently the other low cost Indian airlines), great cabin service crew, free meal and drinks, quick luggage delivery.Jump to full entry
Aug 14, 2009 - Great News!
We still haven’t quote adjusted to the time change here. I had been doing pretty well, but last night I was up every hour, and felt like I never really fell asleep. I eventually gave up and got up at around 7, which gives me some time to write an entry before we take a tour of the city today. Yesterday was a very successful day for us! We took a tour of New Delhi (the sights of Old Delhi are all closed right because they are worried about a security risk before India’s Independence Day on Saturday). We saw a beautiful Hindu temple...Jump to full entry
Aug 12, 2009 - We arrived!
After two very long flights we finally arrived at our hotel in Delhi at about 2:30am this morning. It's really clean and seems quite safe. We're going to spend the next three days getting our bearings and getting ready for our trip up to the Himalayas (to Leh in Ladakh) on Saturday. Hopefully we'll have some more interesting things to report soon!Jump to full entry
Aug 12, 2009 - Day 1 in Delhi
Today was our first full day in India! Jet lag hit us a bit, or me at least, as I only woke up at 1 in the afternoon, at which point we decided we should go give Delhi a shot. First on our to do list was to get special permission for Leh, in Jammu & Kashmir, where we're going on Saturday. It turned out though, to our happy surprise,that we didn't need it at all. Number two on our list was to get Katie a sim card, probably the smoothest experience of the day, with the requisite chat with the store manager about Canada and his relatives...Jump to full entry
Aug 3, 2009 - Mcleodganj to New Delhi
he Volvo bus to Delhi is like a National Express coach, with huge immovable windows, large comfy seats, even a uniform for the driver, and it leaves spot on time. Stopping for food after about two hours of descent through the hills, I leave the air con of the bus and hit the warm air of the plains for the first time since Jammu back in the first half of May, the only breeze coming from the buses and trucks tearing through the town. We enter Delhi, shadowing a large canal for much of it, past school kids in crisp white shirts standing at...Jump to full entry
May 30, 2009 - Delhi
I made it to Delhi!!!! And I have absolutely no concept of time anymore. In fact, the past 2 days just feel like one giant continual one. All I really want to do right now is just brush my teeth. On another note, my flights were good. LONG but good. In the future I will seriously reconsider traveling for 16 hours straight, I've come to realize that the down time in the middle in necessary. I didn't get much sleeping done though on the way to Amsterdam. Of Course there would be a small child sitting next to me preventing me from sleeping. I...Jump to full entry
May 24, 2009 - Where is everyone?
So, we leave back home for the states today, actually tonight around 10:30. Our host at our hotel is letting us check out late so we don't have to spend all day at the airport. Nice guy. We kind of took it easy this morning, the diet has affected more of us now, its like the silent killer. I'm starting to spend more time in the bathroom too. Oh man, is it rough!! We went out today to a few markets, looks like the country of over a billion people sure knows how to make everyone disappear, almost like David Copperfield was in town pulling...Jump to full entry
May 23, 2009 - Finishing up in Delhi
Today, we woke and had breakfast. Bridget was still sick. We still had a few things to see today, and Bridget being the trooper she was, went along. It was hot. not Jaipur hot, but hot probably around 109 degrees. We decided to take two Tuk Tuks as it was more comfortable. Our first destination, Gandhi Simitri (the place where Gandhi was assassinated). Our driver got us there just fine, but we waited and waited for Nathan and Erin and they never showed. We went ahead through the museum area, it was very moving. All dedicated to the Life of...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2009 - Oh Nice, more cows and naked people.
Let me catch up on what we did the last couple of days, this will be the least interesting of my entries... The day before yesterday we made the unusually long drive from Jaipur back to Delhi. I would describe to you the scenery but you have heard it all before. Its the same view for as far and long as you can see: Poverty. Fires. Cows. Ruins. A guy pooping on the side of the road. We made it to Delhi in under 6 hours, which was good cause we drove through a sand storm, a wind storm, a monsoon, and almost wrecked like 12 times. It started...Jump to full entry