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... stop somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It was completely dark outside and I was a little freaked out. Slowly we began to creep forward until I saw what was the issue. A transport truck broken down in the middle of the road and a row of trucks trailing behind it, waiting to pass, a mile long! Only in India! I said to myself. Finally we were passed the mess and on our way. Next thing I know, I'm being woken up in a virtually empty bus, by the same kind man saying we were ...
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Later on in the evening we were walking back and see advertised a "festival of Indian Culture - with Foreigners," and for free so we accepted our invite into the national Indian Museum grounds and began to mingle with some locals who were promoting the event. Noticing our mingling skills (or white faces) a media crew and other newspaper photographers surrounded us as we were given a tray of powdered paints and each felt the hands of ...
... ones are 135 decibels? The internet says that isn't very loud but when you aren't expecting it and it happens right outside your window, it sounds like the loudest noise you've ever heard. ALSO I just found out that fireworks are an important part of Diwali. I don't think any other news could have been as great as that. Fireworks, during Diwali, in Udaipur, with friends, in India. All I need is my family here. ...
... We drove about 10 mins looking on at the sights that lay before us as we started to get our real first glimpse at Kolkata. It was I guess as you might expect, a bit like London at rush hour, but in a land where traffic rules and the Highway Code don't exists. Where there are buses, trucks, taxi's, rickshaws, mopeds, push bikes and guys in push bike style taxi's all fighting and beeping constantly. You really cannot fathom the chaos. I'm genuinely talking about multiple horn ...
... now starting to rain so add this to all the other issues and it made for an interesting 40kms ride. The hotel took a while to sort as the manager was clearly keen on securing a ferangi rate but once we'd left we got called back and the rate was reduced somewhat. We had been ridden 11 hours and covered 370kms. Yesterday, the 14th, we were loading the bikes and Richard noticed that his lost glasses had somehow hooked themselves to his fuel can ...