Bed Bugs and Lucky angry goats

Trip Start May 03, 2011
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Trip End May 24, 2011


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Flag of India  , West Bengal,
Thursday, May 5, 2011

After the flying litterarley around the world I finally ended up at Dum dum airport in the hot and humid Calcutta night. The air smelled of thick insence and dirt, jasmine and a touch of urin. Ahhhh it was good to be back in India! I couldn't stop smiling as I was greeted by my travel partner in crime: Karin. She had flewn in a few hours before me from Stockholm and it was quite surreal to see this tall and bue eyed beauty in the midst of a sea of pushy and loud Bengalis.


We survived an insane taxi ride trough the city and tried to catch up on our lives but it was almost impossible as this old cab had an incredible good sound system loaded with heavy Indian techno beats. So we stayed quiet and just soaked in the city and it's people, dogs and cats, tuk-tuks and chai stands swooshing by. It felt so amazing to ride with the windows down and let my hair flow in the warm wind as the base roared beneath my seat.


Not having booked a place and arriving around 1am in the morning was an interesting choice. We headed for Sudder street, the backpacker's quarter, and got denied at a couple of places but found our luck at Paragon Hotel where we had to crawl trough a door half my size (!) The room temperatured King Fisher beer tasted like a slice of heaven as we toasted on the hotel outdoor patio under the stars. We laughed and chatted for hours. As we got back to our coffin-box sized room with faded turqoise painted walls, we read on the back door: "Be aware of bed bugs 16-03-2011. Good night Calcutta.


Woke up this morning sans bed bug bites :) strolled the city and had fabulous Indian food. Karin got some great Ray-ban sunnies and we stopped freaquently for chai tea or fresh squeezed lime and pineapple juice to cool down in the 100F heat. The highlight of the day was a visit to the Kali temple which is Calcuttas holiest spot for Hindus. Being the only white people in the area, we somehow got swooped up by an "official guide" and next thing we knew it, we were a part of somehing close to a mosh-pit, and were throwing red hibiscus flowers at a three eyed Kali statue with red bindis painted in our foreheads. People and animals everywhere. Stalls filled with incense, prayer beads and sweet treets. In the midst of all the chaos, a goat headed straight for Karin's private parts and collided in the bulls eye. I guess this goat was a lucky one as our "official guide" explained that 30 goats get sacrificed in this very temple EVERY DAY! Maybe it's his turn tomorrow.


Tonight we're heading on a 12hr train ride up to Sikkim where the Himalayas awaits us. I feel like the luckiest girl alive, THIS is what i live for: to step out of my comfort zone and see what happens, to work on my biggest weaknesess and to feel my biggest strenghts. I feel SO ALIVE!!!!


Lot's of Love from India

Yours truly: the SwedishVagabond
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