We got a shuttle bus to the airport from Koh San Rd instead of a taxi and it worked out to be 100THB cheaper. We left early to get to the airport and found out that the plane had been delayed by 2 hours. We hung around waiting for the baggage check in to open and it was delayed as well. The Bangkok airport is so huge that check-in was three hours before takeoff. With the bags finally gone it was time to get some food and internet. The Air India ended up being another 3 hours all up and it was great to get onboard the plane. Security at the airport was the worse I had ever been through, I’m not sure if it was because we were going to India or that Bangkok has tighten up security. Upon entering the plane the first thing we both noticed was the maroon vinyl coverings on the seats. They were even worse to sit on and for the whole trip I sat on a metal bar and also felt one across my back because the padding was so thin. When we finally took off the coughing, drawing back and snoring came started
and Jacinta and I look at each other and hopped we wouldn’t get sick because no one covers there mouth. Landing was a breeze and getting money out from an ATM sent me on a wild goose chase between domestic and international airports, that didn’t compare to just trying to organise a taxi but we finally got sorted and headed to Chowringhee in Kolkata. The half hour drive to Sunflower Guesthouse located on Royd St was interesting and we almost had three accidents including one being sandwiched between two buses. The diesel pollution the continues noise, constant honking of horns and drivers cutting each other off made it chaos and in the words of our Indian taxi driver it was “MAXIMUM accidents because there were MAXIMUM people in Kolkata”. It was almost disbelief that this could be the way they operate in India and we both shook our heads at how crazy it was. We stopped at a rather long traffic light and we had a beggar turn up at our window. He was slightly crooked and skinny and he just kept murmuring in a very broken Indian English voice “Some food rice money for food, Some food rice money for food” as he said this he rocked back and forward and mimicked putting food in his mouth. It was very confronting to see this and even though we had seen beggars before they were nothing compared to this. The lights didn’t go green until 2mins and we had to endure this the whole time as he just kept murmuring the same words, even after the taxi driver told him to go away in not so nice words. Our Guesthouse was picked from the lonely planet guide and had a good rating. The 1920’s building has been renovated inside and the rooms were really nice. I misinterpret the e-mail received from the price of the rooms and it ended up costing us 750rs/night or $19Aus instead of two nights, It didn’t matter because it was value. Finally getting to the safety of our room and we both had a hot shower ready for a big day tomorrow.
I have been dreaming of traveling the world for some time now and we are finally taking the plunge and not letting work or other commitments get in the way.
My wife and I have been together for almost 17years meeting when she was only 16 and I 18years old. We were sick of people saying they were going to do this and that but never actually take the steps to for fill there dreams. One thing I have learned from others is to travel before you start a family so that is what we are doing. Deciding to leave children till later on we are now in a rush to carryout our dream before the clock stops tic... full info