Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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The journey has begun, arrived at 1am India time and to say it was daunting would be an understatement, at that time in the morning we saw 1 man asleep on the back of a motor bike, someone urinating in the street and groups of people having fires on the roads!
Leaving the airport was a moment not to forget, the rush of excitement as we took in the noise, the heat and the atmosphere we had expected. Our first experience of a taxi ride is also not to be forgotten, grinning from ear to ear the whole way whilst fighting the urge to shout look out every two minutes.
Although it seems there's really no need to worry too much, signals don't exist and if there are mirrors they don't use them, instead they use the eyes in the backs of their heads, something quite impressive to watch as each driver anticipates what the next is doing and passing so closely you could shake hands.
This morning we were greeted by a curry breakfast!! After which we decided to brave the mayhem and explore!!negotiating a good price on our first rickshaw , which topped the taxi by a mile, we saw how many people can actually ride on a motorbike, a family of four to be exact!
Organised chaos, mayhem and dodgems spring to mind.
We were picked up by another tuk tuk driver, saresh, who wanted to take us for a ride in his ferrari, spoke amazing English of which we were glad as it seems that not as many people speak it as you think! Who took us for chai, found us tobacco and took us to the beach which was hit by the tsunami, through the fish market to a temple , to get cash and food and to the opposite extreme of a shopping mall with every western food outlet you could imagine, even let us drive his tuk tuk.....awesome!!!
It is true what people say, the two worlds couldn't be further apart but its something that must, MUST be experienced.
Love to u all!
Phil and Claire