Another Day .. another experience
Trip Start Sep 14, 2010
61Trip End Feb 18, 2011
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I have to admit with honesty that Delhi ain't for me. Did I say I'm half way through the cultural shock?? nowhere near!
I had a nice sightseeing tour on my second day with the very helpful taxidriver Jandir Singh who took me to the Qutab Minar, one of the highest and most beautiful stonetowers of the islamic world next to the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. There I practised my first firm 'NO' when a guard started takling to me without my invitation. I think he was explaining the different buildings to me. I'm saying I think because he was rattling them down in high speed and such unclear speech I didn't even know was he talking English or Japanese. When I turned around he said 'Madam here' and held his hand open for some money. I walked off.
Then off to the beautiful Humayuns tomb, looks like a mini version of the Taj Mahal.
I also know now where Delhi's lovebirds go for a little privacy and smoochy smooch - any bush or shady hidden place in the Lodi Gardens wil do!! I did read in my guide that affection isn't openly shown in India - well that's not the case there. I walked around the different gardens and had the rest of my (now cold) toasted sandwich. Anyone ever had warm Schnapps to drink? Don't! I thought it's coming back up! (why was I drinking Schnapps, to kill the germs obviously)
My last stop was the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum - very interesting place, too little time.
Traffic in Delhi: No rules!!!! Honking your horn whenever possible!! They've put roadsigns up which are clearly just for the tourist arriving for the Commonwealth games in October!
Jagir showed me the way to the Metro station so the next day I attempted Old Delhi on my own by underground and that was a big mistake.
The tube itself was ok, London has certainly prepared me for that part. The pushing, shoving is definetly 10 times worse than in London and the next time I'm stuck on a crowded Victoria line I will just smile and think that's a piece of cake compared to Delhi! When I got out at New Delhi Train Station I saw another Delhi again as to yesterday. The dirt, the smell, the extreme poverty, an old guy sitting drenched in what I can only assume was sewage, that's how it smelled and sooooooo many people and I had no clue where to go
So I did send a cancellation email just in case and now I'm going to the Government Tourist Information Centre... yes the real one and this time I'm not so foolish and I've called my friend Jagir to drive me there!
A tip on the side for anyone who reads this and might be ending up in the same situation as me:
If you are lost at Connaught Place and looking for the OFFICIAL Government Tourist Office ask for directions to Janpath clothes market, don't let them know where you really want to go
The guy on the phone from 'Grace India Holiday' I booked with sounded nice. He said I would get all my money back since I never used their services. Well I'll let you know later how I got on!
Before I forget.. I have met nice people as well. What I mean is I forced myself onto a group of nice austrain students after I heard the well known sound of my home language and they gave me lots of tips and the satisfaction of finally being able to talk to someone about my experiences.. not to mention some money since I was skint! So Andreas, should you ever make it to London a sightseeing tour and pint are on me!
Also Mum und Dad wie versprochen auch für Euch noch ne deutsche Version, is ja echt ned fair! Das meiste hab ich Euch ja schon im skype video chat erzählt. War ja nicht alles schlimm was ich in Delhi gesehen habe. Die Stadtrundfahrt in Neu Delhi war echt interessant. Ich war beim Qutab Minar, höchster und schönester Steinturm der Islamischen Welt bei der Quwwat-ul-Islam Moschee. Da hat mich dann ein Guard angequasselt und einfach drauflosgeplappert und ich glaub er wollt mir die verschiedenen Gebäude erklären.. mensch der hat scho schnell geredet ich hab ned mal mehr mitbekommen was für a Sprache der spricht
Bevor ich es vergesse.. hab a Gruppe netter Österreicher im Red Fort in Old Delhi kennengelernt.. haha, was heisst kennengelernt. Ich hab gehört wie sie österreichisch gesprochen haben und hab sie sofort überrumpelt so Heimweh hab ich auf einmal bekommen und ich hab ja schon sooooo lange nimma mit jemandem geredet. Und damit ich es ned vergiss hier mal Schwarz auf Weiss: Andreas wennst mal nach London kommst gibt's ne Sightseeing tour, ich werd schaun dass Dich keine englischen Frauen anstarren und fotografieren und Du Dir keine Augenentzündung oder sonstiges einfängst, und natürlich gemma auf das versprochene Pint!!!
So dann bis zum nächsten Mal!