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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar July 11th 2017

Here is my list of things about India that I love/hate. Don't get too upset over these items because I don't care if it upsets you or not. Lovely India #1 The feeling I get when I step outside my door and realize I can never be bored (so many amusing sights to see from the zany traffic to the men balancing bread on their heads) Creepy India #2 The feeling I get when I step outside my door and feel like every third person is a potential rapist. (I mostly get this feeling at night...mostly.) Lovely India #C The feeling I get when I step inside a temple and make offerings to the gods (or simply watch others do pooja) Creepy India #Floor The feeling I get after I argued with EVERY auto rickshaw driver ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 15th 2017

Delhi Belly. What is it you might ask? Let's just say its the worst time in your life to be spent in the bathroom. Some of the foreigners that come to India--fly by nighters--use various pills and medicines to ward of the dreaded and evil illness known as Delhi Belly that comes after having eaten questionable street food or drinking the unsanitary water. Of course when your like me, living in India for soon to be one year, medicines twice a day and after every meal isn't an option. I have eaten street food many a time without having gotten sick, however when it comes...it comes. Everyone travelling to India gets sick at one point or another, so prepare yourself as best you can. Remember to always carry with you a few necessity supplies, especially considering ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 14th 2017

Anyone travelling to India on a budget will soon discover the joys of travelling via rickshaw. "Joys." My experience with the auto drivers can be summarized quite simply. "You need auto ma'am?? Auto??" "Haan auto to....(insert destination)... How much?" "Theek hai, ok ok 250 rupees." Now any foreigner not living in India and working off Indian salrary will think: "250 rupees?! Thats only $5 USD!!! Awesome! " Krystal, however is not one of those foreigners with American dollars. So here is how my conversations generally go: "250 Rupees!!! Nay Nay its 30 Rupees distance." "Ma'am 250 rupees." "Nay nay 50 rupees bes." Auto driver attempts to haggle for several minutes. I start to walk away in search of another Auto. "Ok ok ma'am 70 rupees." (And of course after getting into the auto and driving away ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 13th 2017

Indian Traffic can be pretty overwhelming for a first-timer from the U.S but here are a few tips on how to manage: 1) The first rule to Indian Driving is: there are NO rules! 2) Stopping at a red light is optional 3) If you missed your turn and there is no U-Turn, no worries, just hit your breaks and bust out a 3-point turn in the middle of the street. The cars behind you will honk, but wait for you to finish and the scooters and bikes will simply go around you. No biggie. 4) If you have to drive in the opposite direction on a one-way street, eh...why not. 5) Cows always have the right of way. 6) Pedestrians do not. (Pray they can move out of your vehicles lane fast enough and if ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 13th 2017

As a blonde California girl I must admit that living in India has not been an easy task. Whereas other Indian girls or expats in the community might have other experiences (as non-blondes) my experience is much different. I cannot leave my apartment alone at night, for example as men often try to harass me (in broad daylight) and in the evening after a few drinks let's just say Indian men can get a bit scary/creepy. When I was living in Egypt, Muslim men often tried to "marry" me (their proposals went something like this: "What's your name? MARRY ME!") however my first learned words in Arabic (do not touch) helped me to keep the men from attempting to grab my hand or wrist. In INDIA, however, men do not simply go for the innocent hand ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 13th 2017

Ahhh the sari dresses!!! As a blonde girl I think its safe to say aloud: One of the reasons I came to India was for the sarees. My first experience flying into the Delhi International airport, was the first time in my life I saw a woman wearing a sari. Almost every woman on the plane that day seemed to be dressed in a gorgeous array of colors, bangles, necklaces, nose rings, toe rings and various shiny things. (Shiny things=Blonde girls kyrptonite) I was in absolute heaven when I realized that living in India meant getting to dress up in the sari dress. Whether attending a festival such as Diwali, or getting invites to a wedding, any occasion to wear a sari you can count me in. Putting on the sari takes a bit of practice--and ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Karol Bagh June 6th 2017

Living in New Delhi, India during the summer (whose idea was this again?!)...not the most comfortable of scenarios. Especially if your living in your flat without an air conditioner and only a ceiling fan and cracked open windows to help. So what to do...what to do what to do.... Option one) Buy an a/c (but that of course is very costly and lets face it this is a rented apartment) two) Rent an a/c (Sounds like a sweet deal, get it all summer long! But of course watch out for unbranded a/c's as this will cause the electricity bill to spike.) three) go swimming (But then again as a blonde white girl in India...that would mean searching for either a swimming pool with only a ladies section or checking the pool hours to see what time ... read more

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 6th 2017

Having been born and raised in the USA, let's just say my favorite foods consisted of Cheeseburgers, steak, meat, gravy with meat, salads with meat, more meat...and well...you get the point. So what's a California carnivore to do when you move to a country where it is FORBIDDEN to eat the oh so holiest of holy, sacred animal...the cow. Go vegetarian. Ok, so technically you can find chicken and even mutton (I don't recommend either) however I will say one thing: I've been eating vegetarian food in India and to tell you the truth I like it! Hinduism is a religion where people believe animals are sacred (and being an avid animal lover and professional horse trainer I can definitely relate with the logic.) Don't get me wrong, being all veg all the time is not ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Qutub Minar June 1st 2017

Indian food...Indian food...Indian food... I'm sure many of us travellers coming to India relish in the thought of eating Indian food on a daily basis...and in the motherland itself!!! Here's a few tips I have for surviving the food in India: It often tastes better than it looks so don't shy away from those weird looking gravies and poorly planned place settings. Just because the dishes look clean...even the locals know better to wipe their plates and silverware with a napkin before diving in. Learn to eat with your hands (preferably only the right one which is needless to say easier said than done) Rats and Cockroaches might seem like safety concerns and health issues in the States...but here in India these sacred species are allowed to sit at the table with you while you dine. ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi February 25th 2017

Nothing can prepare the traveller for Delhi, not Google, not Lonely Planet and not even other traveller's stories. We understood it would be noisy, chaotic and colourful but the degree to which these adjectives were appropriate was certainly understated. In just two days we visited sites from the north of Delhi to the south and thoughts of driving ourselves were very quickly dispelled after one minute on the road outside of our hotel. We were to find out later that the first rule of the Delhi Highway Code is that drivers must consider themselves immortal and that rule number twenty six is "Oh! and look out for pedestrians." We spent a couple of hours inside the National Museum to try and get an overview of Indian history and culture and even though our research beforehand gave ... read more
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