Kadama 23: India Independence Day/Cheers!

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Dec 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Independence Day to India! It just so happens that my date of birth also lands on this day, August 15th and to make things more interesting, it is my 21st birthday!

I definately experienced the birthday wakeup of a lifetime. Our sleeper bus boarded at 8 p.m. the previous night and we arrived in Bangalore around 6 a.m. A man in the bus began yelling "Bolli Bolli Bolli" which must have been the name of the first stop. Never in my life did I imagine that I would wake up to a man screaming at the top of his lungs at 6:00 in the morning. To add on to it, I was the last to get out of the bus and it began to drive away with me still bustling to gather my things from the top bunk. What a great way to start my birthday...I was in for an interesting day.

Our group of ten wandered around the city trying to find a hostel or a place to stay. None of us had a guide book making it rather impossible to figure out the best places to look at. After looking at the first hostel, we realized that we needed to spend more than $6 USD a night to ensure safety of our belongings. My back was killing me because of my obvious inability to pack lightly being a female. Around 7:30 a.m. I made the statement that I could really use a beer and luckily for me, I had my first shot of liquor as a 21 year old in the streets of Bangalore from a whiskey bottle. Cheers!

We hailed rickshaw drivers and they took us to a middle range hotel in the center of the city. From there we went to breakfast, the Botanical Gardens and stopped at a few shops along the way.  It was great to see the Indian flag and the state flags flying throughout the city. Indian Independence Day is a lot different than the United States. I was imagining parades in the streets all day, dancing around with flags and pretty much a country wide party like in the states. Pretty much, Indians travel to a park if they have younger children and stay inside to watch the speech in the morning. It was still a great day even though it was extremely hot outside.

I took a nap until about 7:30 p.m. when Nina came barging through my door yelling "wake up and drink!". Independence day in Indian is a nation wide dry holiday, so we had a few drinks and headed out to eat dinner. Legally not being allowed to drink on my 21st was a rather interesting experience.

On our way to find a rickshaw, we passed a funeral in the middle of the street. I think I need to read more into the customs of death in India because I cannot grasp how sitting in the streets with cars driving through the middle of the gathering is correct.

To conclude, my birthday was amazing and we ended up heading to Guzzler's Pub for food and drinks. I guess the younger crowds are making more of an impact on the country and the nightlife which is fine with me!

I have taken a large amount of photos during my Bangalore trip, therefore, I will let the photos do the taking and only type about the main points.  Enjoy and feel free to comment!
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