Delhi Belly

Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
Trip End Sep 01, 2011

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Hotel Pacific Heights

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Unfortunately, It's true! you can't come to India without getting Delhi Belly! haha. Not me this time...but poor Jay. The day we flew to Delhi was the day Jay got Delhi Belly. The flight, I might add, was the roughest, scariest flight we have ever been on! You seriously needed your seatbelts on to avoid being tossed out of your seat by the turbulence and the landing! I'm going to give the pilot the benefit of the doubt and "assume" that it is because of the intense heat in Delhi...causing harsher turbulence. Either that, or the pilot is one of the many caught with FAKE pilot's licenses in the last two months here!! Unbelievable how many commercial pilots have been discovered to be safe does that make you feel? lol.

Landing in Delhi is such a comfort compared to landing in Mumbai! The airport was nice, clean, and modern...with stores and restaurants, and even vending machines!! Since we haven't found any convenience stores yet, we stocked up on some chips and fulfill our sugar cravings!...and in case we couldn't find any other comfort foods to settle Jay's stomach. lol.

Our adventures in Delhi have been limited, as Jay can't go too far from a bathroom...haha. Our hotel proved to be in an interesting area so that kept us busy! We stayed in Connaught Place, a common shopping district in Delhi. It's kind of neat, an outdoor circular shopping district, containing modern stores, old fashioned stores, street vendors, restaurants, pubs, and even an underground market! After being in Mumbai for five days, I wasn't afraid of Delhi, so I ventured out on my own to find some lunch. Yikes! The looks I got were piercing! It might be more of our imagination, but the stares in Delhi seem to be more Femininely degrading...and straight out...scary. So I grabbed some McDonalds...the first thing I saw...and went back to the hotel. McDonalds, by the way, doesn't serve any beef products here! Only chicken or veggie...and most of it is spicy. The menu looks Delicious!

Jay and I ventured out together, once he was feeling a little better, and found an amazing, old style stationary store. The owner is a lady about 80 years old, who speaks excellent English. She gave us some insight on the different Gods that are pictured on the calendars, told us the history behind the Taj Mahal, and showed us a variety of handmade writing paper and notebooks. We spent some time in the shop, a dark, dimly lit, narrow (only one person at a time) hallway of a store, with fans as the cooling system. The buildings are really neat inside, sketchy looking narrow stairs going straight up, the cement on the walls degrading with every The atmosphere is that of the past....and I love it! We bought a calendar from the shop, and later went back to purchase some postcards....all for about $2.

We walked the whole shopping complex, looking for a summer style dress for me. Not one! They have dresses, but they are all pretty conservative. All the skirts are long, and the dresses mostly have small sleeves...not really for the beach! We tried the market, which had a better selection, but everything was too big for me and the atmosphere is a little overwhelming to be dress shopping. The sellers flock to we are obviously tourists...and try to sell us their products, in groups! Everywhere else we have been, in Asia, the markets are similar...with one difference: in the rest of Asia, they harass you one at a India, they group and surround you and all try to sell you things at the SAME time! However...a market is a market...and after seeing as many as we have, we're not really overly interested anymore.

We found a travel company... Thomas Cook...where we wanted to book our car for our day trip to the Taj Mahal. Up some seedy looking stairs, around a couple corners, and finally into the shop! The lady quoted us a price, but we thought we'd shop around a bit. On our way to another "tour company", we were just crossing the street to go in, when a gentleman asked how we liked India. Not sure if he was selling something, or just being friendly (it's a 50/50 chance here), we kept our guard up. Turns out, he was working for the tour company that we were just about to enter! So he brought us in. Another guy gave us our options to go to Agra, where the Taj Mahal is, and quoted us a price DOUBLE what Thomas cook had quoted. So, we said our thank yous and left the store. We were standing outside the door, and the guy opened it, quietly telling us to go back inside. We said No Thank You and tried to cross the street. Both guys jumped out of the store and cornered us...trying to force us back inside. Now we're getting a little nervous and know that if we go back inside, we will be in trouble!! I saw an opening, and ducked through...Jay managed to follow and we walked fast. Once we were away from the shop, they couldn't follow it is illegal in India for "touts" to bother tourists. Thank God! We decided to just go back to Thomas Cook and book through them. The original lady wasn't there...they said no one could help us! What?! No one else can help us? We did some talking, and finally, a lady was willing to call the head office and find out how to help us book the car. The price turned out to be a lot cheaper...go figure...and this lady was a lot more honest, telling us to pay our own entrance fees when we arrive, rather than pre-paying, to avoid being ripped off. lol. Great. So we booked it, not knowing what to expect....
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