New Delhi at last!

Trip Start Jan 10, 2012
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Trip End Feb 01, 2012


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Delhi - smokey, noisy, crowded, chaotic, highly mannered. That's what I discovered on the way from the airport to this lovely hotel where I write.

A transfer company did indeed meet me at the airport - a very polite man smartly dressed in sport coat and slacks who gave me a necklace of fresh marigolds and chrysanthemums and insisted on taking my bags. We had a short wait for the driver to arrive with the car while dozens of other cars vied for space to pick up passengers. One van blocked the third of four lanes for a long time loading and securing at least seven suitcases on the roof, the inside of the van being chock-a-block with people.

We eventually found my hotel after two wrong turns and a couple of telephone calls. We had to pass through security which consisted of the guard looking into our van and running some sort of sensor - bomb? - around my suitcase. My baggage and I also had to pass through electronic screening before entering the hotel, and then I was pulled aside discreetly into a small room where a very respectful woman ran a wand over me. I must say I'm feeling pretty safe right now.

The traffic was mad. People everywhere, cars everywhere, there was even a cow, apparently untethered, standing calmly by the side of the road taking in the show, Everyone beeps their horns all the time. Beep you're getting too close, beep I'm going to overtake you either on the road or the shoulder (doesn't seem to matter), beep I want to turn either right or left (turn signals appear not to be de rigeur here), beep pedestrian get out of the way. There is some chaotic order to it all as people do seem to get around. I did notice, though, that there are a lot of dented cars on the road.

I must turn in. It's midnight Delhi time, 10:30 am Vancouver time, and I have no idea about my own internal clock time.

Oh - the woman across from me in Seattle is not in my tour group.

And I took a photo of our flight path just to prove those red map lines on each posting wrong!
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terrypba on

Congratulations!
But I think we'll need a picture of the cow to prove this is not all happening in a studio somewhere. Half the evidence says you flew east and half says west. Something's fishy. On average, you're still in Vancouver!

Whitney on

ahahahaha I bet that cow was thinking that we humans are totally nutzo for causing such chaos. Glad you made it there safely!!!

Tracey on

I love your first impressions!! Can't wait for more posts! As your sister, I'm very glad you got there safely. Sleep well.

Richard on

Beep..beep...beeep. sounds familiar :)

Baljit on

Sounds like you're in India! Was the beep the car horns or is that you filling in the blanks for what you said. In a way the cow has the right idea, stay calm, stay out of the way of traffic and enjoy the moment. Looking forward to hearing more.

Kathy and Brian on

Glad you arrived safe and sound at your hotel. It was a pleasure to meet you in the EWR United Club. You'll be happy to know that the remaining three members of our party are currently en route on the following day's flight and that all were upgraded. We'll follow your trip and invite you to check out our experiences as well - http://wanderingwarners.blogspot.com/

Safe Travels!

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