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Published: February 12th 2007
So I have been here three days now and really having a great time. It is nothing like I was expecting in terms of people hassling you, well of course there is a few, but pleasantly I was wrong.
The people have been great, so friendly and helpful. I especially love the kids they are always asking for a photo and love to see them self in the screen and go have a laugh.
As for Delhi the city, it is huge. I’ve gotten lost so many times but someone is always willing to help and point you into the right direction. Also though there are some things that I just wish I didn't see. Some of the poor places around just have to be seen, not like you go and see them but cant really describe it. Some of the animals are poorly treated from a couple of things I’ve seen I just had to walk away. It is also pretty dirty around the place.. There are piles of rubbish on street corners and places and the traffic cant be explained.
But once I got kinda used to all that I started to have an amazing time, even though its
been only 3 days.
One of the best things to have happen to me yesterday, I was walking to the India Gate and noticed out of the corner of my eye hundreds of people carrying these buckets on there head. I went and checked it out and 3 minutes latter I had one of these buckets on my head, I had know idea what it was for, then filled up with cement, walked up these boards to a roof and pouring the cement onto a statue they were building. From what I could see I was the only westerner there so had a crowd follow me, laughing as I near fell over trying to take my shoes off as they are not allowed on the roof. Then a layer guy finally told me what was going on, Two times a year on Sundays people from all over India from all Religions come to this place and what they are building was a God for all. It had taken several years do far and still a few to go I imagine. Next thing I knew the Priest from the Temple beside the god came down and gave me is blessing!! That
was such a great feeling I can tell ya.
Also went to all the sites around the place, the Lotus Temple is beautiful but wasn't much inside. It is a place for all to pray. India Gate of course, which was built for the soldiers that passed away during the second world, was. The Old Fort which was huge but a fair bit has fallen day over the years.
Well tomorrow I'm heading to Agra to see the famous Taj Mahel and really looking forward to that. I'm on a local bus, which leaves at 6.30am do early start tomorrow for me. Hopefully the weather will improve as it has rained most of the time here so far and I cold (I have 3 layers on) I was expecting I to be kinda hot but the locals said it is weird for this time of year.
A couple of things I’ve noticed... There is a paper (see photo) that is dedicated for people trying to find a partner to marry, not date but marry. It is 12 pages big and Castle, Language, Profession, Community and Religion both male and female section. Just advertising to get married!
My Hostel is great,
the people are really helpful in anyway, my room has its own bathroom with hot water which was a surprise to some people I’ve talked to and is on the Main Bazaar. The Main Bazaar itself is flat out... People everywhere doing their thing buying selling trying to make a buck but it is great to walk up and down and try and buy a bargain. I’ve spent way to much here in so far but having a good time so not really worried yet until my bag breaks my back that is..
That’s all for now and of to Agra tomorrow.
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