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... the journey by loads for 55rups extra only and suddenly starting to enjoy ourselves. Megs looking brighter and Beth amazed. Sat up in the taxi and chattering about everything. Beth particularly struggling with the level of poverty and destitution here. when the taxi stops in traffic (frequently) beggars come to the window with deformities/small children/hands out - it’s desperate. A young girl no older than Megs was at the window with a tiny baby - so sad. ...
... and we ended up hanging out with him for most of the day. I think Lucy and I were both a little relieved to have a male with us, much as I hate to say it. We went down to the beach which was nice although covered in rubbish. Beaches in India are also not packed with people in togs sunbathing, people are fully clothed just standing around or dipping their toes in. We were constantly harassed by vendors trying to sell us things, mostly henna tattoos ...
So, booking a ticket for the train involves:
* Standing in five different lines, about 15 min of line-standing each, to be told that, "no, wrong line. Go to ...."
* Being harassed by people trying to sell you trips to Goa
* Trying to figure out where anything is
* Walking through metal detectors that no one is monitoring, and seeing the rest of humanity walking around them
* Finally getting the sympathy of some guards ...
... are great to watch India's landscape change from dry desert to lush mountain to green paddie fields to slum filled cities. People put their fingers so far up their nose I feared they might loose it. They burp, **** and spit so close to your feet you get splashed. Indians seem unable to say no, and I still haven't mastered what the head wobble means. But I have established that it normally means one of the following: yes, maybe, no - but I don't want to tell you that, go on, I ...
... more complex this process is not necessarily the same in other smallerslums, where an immigrant family can set up a recycling business that just about keeps them afloat, more subsistence living than profit making.
We head from the industry section into the winding lanes of the Muslim residential area, often so narrow that you cannot pass without turning sideways. Tiny houses shelter their inhabitants from the midday heat and television sets blair out ...