28.02.2013 - 28.02.2013
Some thoughts / observations on India.
If there's a cement wall, men will urinate on it, in broad daylight, in the middle of a busy street, in full view of everyone - whenever the urge takes them.
They toot their horns incessantly.
I feel like I have been in India, Cambodia, Africa, China, the Middle East, Bali, Greece, Turkey and Morocco. So many parts of India and its architecture reminded me of these places.
No OH&S in India.
I didn't expect it to be so cold and wet.
Hardly anyone smokes in India.
Rubbish EVERYWHERE, but it doesn't smell and there aren't any flies.
I thought Varanasi and the Ghats and the funeral pyres would be VERY confronting but instead I found it quite beautiful. Amazing place.
The roads in rural areas are disgusting but because the bus had to drive so slowly, you really got to see what life was like in those areas.
The traffic is ridiculous - they don't drive in their lanes; they don't even drive on the correct side of the road; they toot their horns and weave in and out between trucks and cars and bikes and people and animals, and no one ever seems to get knocked over. I expect they do but we didn't see one accident.
There is no road rage.
The children are delightful and for that matter, the adults aren't too bad either!
If you have read my blog on India, I hope you get the message that I loved visiting it. I immersed myself in Indian books before our trip. This was the first time I had done that and it really prepared me for our adventure. I intend to read novels - fact and fiction - before I visit any other countries. It really sets the mood; well, it did for me. I loved India and I hope that after reading my blog, you might get the urge to visit this amazing and diverse country too.
P.S. stay tuned for my blog of east coast USA in June/July 2013 - haven't decided on a title yet - may be New York! New York!