Back through Delhi

Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
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Trip End Sep 14, 2010


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Our flight to Delhi was only a couple of hours long and we didn't have any trouble getting out of the airport and into a cab to our hotel. But did our taxi driver know where our hotel was?... Of course not! He did know where the street was luckily, however once we were there it was the usual routine of stopping on the side of the road to ask for directions. When we finally found our hotel it had no street number or sign that was visible from the road – very helpful. But it was very nice, and we had a delicious dinner before hitting the sack in preparation for our early morning flight.

Our drive back to the airport was much nicer than the night before, that had been a long drive in very bad traffic and an old cab with no air conditioning. This time we were driven by the hotels car, which was a newer model with AC and there was hardly another car on the road. They must like giving people frights at Indian airports because just like Kolkata our flight did not exist at all on any of the information boards both outside and inside the terminal… As we looked around for somewhere to make inquiries, we were extremely relieved to see that our flight was actually checking-in, somebody had just decided it didn’t need to be on the info boards. After another double dose of security overkill we made it on board and got ready to bid India farewell.

It has been an interesting experience to say the least - basically all the things that you hear about India or see on the movies and hope not to be true, we have seen firsthand every day. Sacred cows really do roam the streets, whole communities really do live under motorway overpasses, and people really are mutilated to make better beggars. Time is cheap and so are people: everything is done the slow way and done by hand. Forget heavy machinery or power tools - if you need to demolish a building and remove the rubble, just get a few guys with baskets to do the job. At least India is on the forefront of gender equality – women are equally as welcome as men to wield a pickaxe in the roadworks… In fact why not let the kids join in too? Yip they do.

But we still had fun and are all the better for the time we have spent here.
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