After spending almost 2 months in Egypt it was time to move on. My next destination was India… and is going to be for the next 3 months. To be honest with you aside from the Taj Mahal… I have no clue what else is in India. I just knew it’s a massive country and need about 3 months to see a portion of it.
I was going to do India alone or not, but a part of me did not want to do it alone. I had managed to talk to Val who had I had met in Brussels and then shared an apartment in Valencia for a week for La Tomatina with and India was not in her plans, but a country she wanted to visit, but not alone. I know Val well and know I love her & love traveling with her… so we chatted a few times to make plans and things fell right into place. We could both do India for 3 months during the same dates.
I said bye to the man I love in Cairo and boarded my flight to New Delhi… it was a long exhausting flight with a lay over in Istanbul. I finally arrived in New Delhi at 5am, I got nervous like always waiting in line through customs, but was a breeze. I made my way to the Metro to take to my stop to find my hotel. Everything seemed normal and calm… moments later I arrived exited the metro station caught my 1st glimpse of sun in hours and bam… the chaos began.
I walked out a million touts started fighting for me to get on their rickshaw… I walked to the right saw 3 men peeing in the middle of the street… walked to the left saw trash everywhere and a cow roaming the streets. I knew my hotel was walking distance, but I had no clue in what direction to go… I asked a few people for the street, but no one could help.
After wandering around for about an hour I finally made it to the hotel. Not only was I going to be meeting Val the next day that morning I was going to be meeting Caroline that morning. Not sure if you remember Caroline she is the reader of mine who invited me to stay with her in Hamburg and then took me on a mini road trip through Northern Germany and Denmark. Well she’s now a good friend of mine and she was in India and made plans to meet me up for a few days and celebrate Holi together.
We happened to arrive at the hotel around the same time. It was a familiar face I needed to see after being lost for a while. It was so nice to see her… we left our bag had breakfast upstairs and caught up then checked in took a nap and then enjoyed a walk around New Delhi with other friends.
Mango Smoothie in a cup inside a cup
Yeah I will need to get used to the chaos that is India.
My 1st Tali meal… it is a delicious mixture of many Indian dishes.
Me & Caroline on my 1st rickshaw ride in India!
That night Val finally arrived around 2am we were all exhausted and just slept. The next day we planned to do some sightseeing and book a train ticket to Mathura for Holi. Our attempt to buy a train ticket at the train station for Mathura failed. We were sent many ways then finally found where we should buy it, but was a long line of about a million tourist all with faces of exhaustion. We thought screw it we’ll pay extra and have the hotel book it for us. Our day of sight seeing began.
We also did some shopping and I managed to buy two cute shirts for less than $5. After all that went back to the hotel and thought it would be a breeze to buy our train tickets on to Mathura and boy did we think wrong. We ended up having to go to a few travel agents and finally being told we have them, but have to come back the morning of to pick them up. After going back 3 times I finally had our tickets in my hands and made our way to the train station to make our way to Mathura with out having a clue where to stay.
I know from what I am telling you these 2 days don’t sound too crazy, but the truth is this: so far India has been like nothing I have had to deal with before. Everything is in your face and hard to get. Everywhere you turn you see people, animals, trash and poverty. If I could only describe India with one word it would be INTENSE. I know the next few months are going to be hard and test me more than before, but I guess it’s all part of the fun. We’ll see how it goes…