We have landed in Mother India!
Trip Start Mar 04, 2009
30Trip End Jun 28, 2009
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Our first flight took us from New York JFK International Airport to the Indira Ghandi Delhi International Airport. Air India had wonderful, genuine, homemade Indian food served by sarie clad stewardesses. We all enjoyed the cashews for a change from the typical peanut and pretzel fare. Jack and the boys made themselves comfortable in a row right in front of Florence and Katie. A bit of homework, letter writing, several movies, including Lawrence of Arabia combined with some snatches of sleep and we were touching down. The excitement of finally being in India, despite the lack of sleep got us through the waiting for our baggage (Yes, all of our bags arrived with us!) and customs in Delhi. In fact, we passed through customs with hardly a glance from the officer. We transferred to the domestic flight terminal as if we knew where we were going and waited for our next flight to Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore we were promptly met by our driver, Sashe and taken into the middle of the city to The Bangalore Club where we have been graciously put up by a dear, old friend of the Krupnick Family, Dipti or "D" as she is known by close friends. This is a beautiful, walled enclave within which is an English style country club that was established in the 1890's. Hospitality seems to be of the first order here! We most gratefully collapsed into our beds until we were awoken by the sounds of the parrots and other avian life the next morning; our first day in India! After an Indian style breakfast in the dining room we were ready for the sights of the streets of India. We could have easily foregone the tours of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and The Nandi Temple and just been voyeurs of the traffic and scenes along the crazy, congested streets. Riding around Bangalore was a fascinating education in itself, if not nerve rattling! The equinamity with which the drivers manuever the chaos of the traffic should be a lesson to all of us who take for granted the safety laws and observances in the states. More on that later. I must go and combat jet lag before our next adventure as we head further south to the state of Coorg. We miss our family and friends! Thanks for staying in touch!