Chipmunk Vs Squirrel

Trip Start Aug 22, 2005
Trip End Feb 06, 2006

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Well! All my senses have been overwhelmed at once! In a very good way of course. It feels like I've already fallen for India and all I've seen so far is the smelly and dirty city of Delhi!! Definitely a good sign. I giggle with excitement every time I go near an auto-rickshaw (tuk tuk type thing - a cabin stuck to a motorbike), want to take a video clip to show what dicing with death really means (not really mum and dad...) ;) Haven't really slept since I got here, will start to hallucinate soon... Is far too hot, need to sleep on ice.

Went to the 'Red Fort' on weds (various colonial and moghul histories) and had to convince traveling partner that taking a 'coupling photo' in the heat of the midday sun was not a good idea (gives appearance of us both being there without someone nabbing the camera whilst we smile sweetly). Mad dogs and Englishmen... that's all I'm going to say! The museums were slightly strange, the independence museum fiercely patriotic (go Gandhiji!) and all the squirrels have been replaced by chipmunks (like a miniature squirrel with go-faster stripes) I'm thinking of getting my money's worth from rabies jab by catching one... I'll save that for the next episode.

Old Delhi is insane. It appeared as if the entire population of Delhi (14 million) was packed into this area. The narrow crowded streets looked like various cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other, going up into the sky. Everything was filthy but interspersed with every imaginable colour. Fruit and snacks everywhere. Wires everywhere. Cows everywhere. Big monkeys on wires. Baby monkeys on big monkeys. Just when I thought they couldn't sell anything more in the world I saw a few kitchen sinks and a man with a joke nose and goggly specs with party blowers (the ones like chameleon tongues) sticking out of his ears and mouth...

We went down a narrow alleyway, who knows why! and found ourselves in a spice market. My sensitive sense of smell meant my nose was on fire so I trekked up to the top level and ended up being invited to take tea with a young Indian boy. He said it was his honourable duty as an Indian! How could I refuse?! I've found it very difficult to judge elsewhere in the world but people are genuinely friendly here. I'm definitely starting to get a feel for when someone wants to sell me soemthing rather than just talk to me. It would be unfair to assume everyone wants my money as most indians genuinely just want to have a chat and practise their english.

The food is unbelievable... but appetite v small due to heat! Hopefully homeostatic system will adjust soon so I can gorge myself.

Anyway, this has been too long so will go now.

Lots of love Sarahx
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sarahvani on

Re: this is mummy!
Ah mum... You have the ability to embarass me totally and utterly. Well I'll leave it up, as testament to the fact that, in spite of extensive travelling, I'm still not capable of taking care of myself!! See you at home... for food and maybe money.

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