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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi November 17th 2012

Well we arrived in Delhi without issue--actually a pretty uneventful flight. We scored exit aisle seats so our long legs were not so cramped in those airline seats. The flight attendant gve us a thorough lesson on what we would have to do if the plane went down (because we were in the emergency exit row) and when we took our new responsibility very seriously, he took an instant liking to us in the form of extra snacks, bottles of wine and pampering. He did not even know that dad and I had formed a plan that if the plane went down, dad would pop the door open and direct traffic (as instructed) and I would tell each person "thank you for flying Air India." The new international terminal in Delhi is shockingly modern, convenient, clean ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi November 16th 2012

This morning we slept in and took advantage of the breakfast. It was helpful just having the carry on bag as our only ariticle for clothes, so packing and repacking for this stop was a snap. Once we checked out, the guide walked through the door with perfect timing and away we went to Agra Fort. The roads were a little quieter today, in relation to the day before, as the roads here are never really quiet. The fog was pretty thick as well, but we were able to see a pretty good distance. It made things seem smokey, and with all the fireworks going off for the last night, maybe that was a bit of a factor as well. The fort was not so far from the hotel, but first we needed a stop at ... read more
Agra Fort Monkeys
Agra Fort Monkeys
Fatehpur Sikri

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi November 14th 2012

We woke up at 445am already having our bags packed from the night before and went for a nice early breakfast. Once done breakfast, we got our bags to the reception, then waited for the speedboat. There was a japanese lady with us and a few locals on the boat as it sped the 45 minutes to the airport island. We left with mixed feelings. We were really getting our rhythmn on the island, but we also realized there was more adventure to get to. The ride in the boat was flat, which did me well. Every so often a flying fish would come out of the water as we moved toward the airport. Once dropped off at the airport, we passed through entry security and then to our checkout counter. We don't have this in ... read more
our plane
it's a sign... with our names

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 8th 2012

I’m writing this earlier than usual this evening, sitting on my bed at Gaiety Palace for the last time, sipping a Heineken (for the last time?), feeling very contented (for the last time????) Is it possible to be simultaneously ecstatically happy and desperately lonely? That’s exactly how I felt this evening as I walked around Kailash East Market looking for somewhere to buy facewash, dinner and beer. Ecstatically happy, because there is a part of me that relishes the freedom and anonymity of being miles away from everyone and everything that I know, a part of me that feels so immensely proud of the fact that not only can I do that, I actually enjoy it. Sadly lonely, because on these occasions, whilst I may walk with a spring in my step, I sometimes find I’m ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 7th 2012

£108/9000 Rupees on sunglasses! I’m a child protection trainee with Infant Help International (IHI) earning approximately £700 a month and I just spent £108 on sunglasses. Yet I haggled the poor guy who cycled me around on the back of his rickshaw for nearly two hours down from £7 to £3! (And still thought that I was overpaying him!) Is that obscenity, stupidity or simply an example of the clash of lifestyles that you have to face as a Westerner living in a developing country? This kind of stuff is tough. Today, Gloria and I have had the most amazing day, and yet came face to face with people who must be having the most shit lives. What’s more, many of them were children who would do anything – from selling postcards, to pointing out puddles ... read more


Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 6th 2012

I can’t believe I’m staying at The Gaiety Palace! Oh, the irony. My first accommodation during what is most likely to be a five month period of enforced celibacy and I’m staying at The Gaiety Palace. First full day in India over and the second day has been offered to Gloria and myself as a day off to explore Delhi before heading to our placements. We must have done something right! Maybe it was because in spite of there being no contact or instructions from our new boss, Jabbar, we managed to organise ourselves and get to the office by 9:30am, a no-mean-feat which had us going round in circles looking for a building that apparently no-one had ever heard of. Or maybe it was because we hadn’t complained that we had had to do so, ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 5th 2012

So I’m sitting on a bed in a guest house room in Delhi, 4164 miles and 18 hours away from home, diligently typing this first entry of my record of this overseas adventure. By the standards I was using 18 hours ago the room is below par: old beds, dirty furniture, sandpaper towels and unsafe water. By the standards I will apply from this point forwards for the coming year the room is luxurious: flushing toilet, hot shower, deadbolts on the door and even a TV with cable. Even in the few hours since I arrived at the hotel, my original wariness has faded to be replaced by an almost cosy acceptance. Funny how 14 hours in planes and 4 hours in Bahrain airport is enough to transport you both physically and psychologically from the ‘developed’ ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar November 5th 2012

Okay, time to actually tell you all where we went and what we did there.... The downside to posting this after the fact is that the entire trip is now tinged with the emotional state of the second week due to worrying about friends and family due to Hurricane Sandy. So that things which were enjoyed during the first week are now remembered with bit less enthusiasm. But there is an upside to posting this late. PHOTOS! Since I'm home and photos have been uploaded, I will include some in the blog entries. As stated previously, our day started with a visit to Humayun's Tomb and the to Qutab Minar. After that, we went to the Gandhi museum, which is at the house where he spent his final days and was assassinated. I had learned some ... read more
rickshaw ride
very crowded streets
humayun's tomb

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi October 30th 2012

Ik ben de dag begonnen bij het Nationaal Museum. Dit is het meest vooraanstaande museum over de geschiedenis van India. Het biedt een brede verzameling aan voorwerpen (aarderwerk, textiel, schilderijen, beelden, gebruiksvoorwerpen) uit de vele verschillende periodes en regios van India’s rijke geschiedenis, maar de context is vrij minimaal. Alleen de Harappa periode, de vroegste op het Indische subcontinent die tijdsgenoot was van o.a. Sumer en Egypte, de oudste beschavingen uit het Midden-Oosten (en deze onderhielden ook alledrie handelscontacten met elkaar) werd echt goed gepresenteerd. Het is gelukkig ook deze periode die mijn grootste interesse heeft. Na het museum ben ik naar het Purala Qila gegaan. Dit is een fort gebouwd door een Afghaanse krijgsheer die Delhi vroeg in de Mughal periode had ingenomen. Enkele jaren later wisten de Mughal het te heroveren maar dus niet ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka October 28th 2012

It's hard to believe my time abroad is almost finished! In an effort to procrastinate further on my final papers, I thought I'd write a bit about my weekend. All is not lost though, I am hoping that by rambling about my weekend it will help my writer's block. Many other people in the group went to Varanasi this weekend, the rest of us stayed home to work on homework, well that was the plan anyway. Friday after breakfast a few girls in my house and I headed to our favorite Delhi location, Hauz Khas village which has tons of cafes to work in as well as a fun, quirky, modern atmosphere. Our usual cafe wasn't open yet so we discovered a new one called Cafe Small Talk. It was perfect! Small, nicely decorated, fast internet, ... read more
Mosque at Purana Qila
Lodhi Gardens
Lodhi Monuments

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