Delhi, India--please jiggle handle

Trip Start Apr 24, 2004
Trip End Jun 30, 2004

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Friday, May 28, 2004

Hey, wound up in Delhi, India of all places, for the last week...and what can i say, this place is pretty much a toilet bowl (please jiggle handle)..interesting, but pretty damn filthy, fly infested, people infested, cow infested, and heat infested (temp was 112 yesterday, and that was a cooldown from the day before). so sadly, i am kissing Delhi, and India goodbye tonite and heading via India AIr (should be interesting) to Thailand. Heading to the islands, which are pretty spectacular (think: Leo in The Beach), to scuba dive and rock climb on the world famous Krabi cliffs which jut out from the ocean. live in a beach hut on the beach for a month, really cant wait (especially after being in India for a week!!). So, since the last check-in....
Went to Chitwan National Park in Nepal, rode elephants, bathed elephants, saw rhinos on an elephant-safari, saw baby elephants at the elephant breeding my fill of hoses. it was great down there, though a bit hot (110 during the day). then jetted via 10hour busride to Pokhara, the resort city of Nepal, for 5 days of rest and relaxation. Went boating on the lake, ate a lot, and basically did nothing. It was great to just relax (not that vacations not relaxing enough). Then back to KAthmandu. Extremely hard to get around Nepal, as there are rebel strikes basically every other day where you cannot travel, or risk getting killed on the road, which is not fun. The country was beautiful; the people were fantastic, you wouldnt believe how they treat westerners, you stand on the street for 2 minutes and you have a crowd of people around you, taking pictures with you, giving you their life story; we are like a circus attraction! but really nice, very good vibes (minus the civil war). The month i spent there was unforgettable; trekking, safari, relaxation, exploration. Great people and great times. But now im on my way....
night bus to the indian border, lets see...20hours to travel 100miles. think that would take about an hour and a half on the thruway. traveling in nepal is truly an experience. busses from 1950 packed with people, no seatbelts, single lane mountain "highway" with busses passing eachother on blind corners de regular, like a rollercoaster ride; you just hold on and pray; (minus the fact that my driver was pounding back a bottle of booze the whole way, very warming). military checkpoints add about 4 hours of sitting in gridlock at a time, which is a tad bit frustrating. finally get to the border 6 hours bhind schedule, in a downpour, and hop the border bus to Goraphur, the frontier town of india. then another 21hour train ride (supposed to be 13, but hey, its india, and 12hours late aint bad) and arrive in Delhi, yeah!! but all an adventure, nonetheless. which is the point of it all, so no complaints. Just a slight case of "Delhi Belly", but i dont think that can be helped. sanitation in india is slightly below par. strange, mcdonalds is considered fine dining here, no joke--theres a doorman and everything, really funny.
so ive extended my trip aboutr 3 weeks, thanks to the nice lady at the airline counter who "forgot" to charge me for the extension, and a mega cheap ticket from delhi-bangkok.
new plan is to go to the islands in Thailand for a month, then go overland through Cambodia, see the ancient temples of Ankor Wat, across the border to Vietnam, Saigon City (You got girlfriend Vietnam?); then up the Vietnam coastline, which is supposed to be phenominal, think: apocolapse now) to Hanoi and Halong Bay, and over the border to China, where i will somehow figure out how to get to HongKong amidst the 1.3billion people and lack of anything resembling CHinese launguage skills. should be really great, really looking foward to SE Asia, very interesting area. and i didnt even realize that Vietnam was a communist country until i remembered that we LOST the war. might have to tell them that im from Canada, not sure how much Americans are on the love list with the Vietnamese...its easy to convince people who dont speak english, people think im from England all the time?!?!
hope you all are well---Lata!!!
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