I'm melting... melting....

Trip Start Feb 06, 2005
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Trip End Jul 2005


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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The journey to Delhi was painful, but our first stop on arrival wasn't a guesthouse, it was Pizza Hut. It was the most expensive meal i've had since I left. $10. Shocking. After four months on the road Subway and Maccas were looking mighty fine too and I regret not one bite.
We stayed on Pahaganj, the Khao Sahn rd of Delhi. There are three differences: the amount of people, the smell and the lack of alcohol. The latter is the worst, cause at least if you were drunk you might be able to forgive the first two.
However, I am determined to find positives about India (I'll Never Do It Again). Other than fast food, that is.
1) The upside to the high-40 degree temperatures is that it means it's mango season. At less than a dollar a kilo, i did my bit for the mango farmers of India. That they can be improved on by making mango lassis is genius.
2) The temples, forts and public buildings are incredible. They are huge and absolutely beautiful. Shame about the rest of the city.
3) Ummm...
But determined as we were to enjoy it, the heat, the dirt and the crowd wore us down in the end. We decided to follow the crowd trying to escape the weather and catch a train north. It was going to be busy- not only were all the tourists headed that way, but every souvenier seller and travel agent had assured us that they were going home to Kashmir the next day too. Naturally we were greatly relieved that we had arrived in time to buy their stuff before they left. Weird how many of them were still there the next day though.
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