Yes, landed in Delhi! Our road trip will start soon… everything went smooth up to now, so why wouldn’t the rest be as well?
Mobile flipping out
Why now??? My mobile works always fine, very reliable… and now, when you really need it on your trip it doesn’t feel like it anymore??? It started to flip out during flight, asif invisible fingers are touching the screen, completely rendering the thing useless and the owner ballistic. No no no!!! My friend looks at me “Greet, let’s look at this in the morning, when we have rested and are at ease. There is nothing you can do now.” Still hyperventilating…
Don’t let it happen to us, don’t let it be that none of our three bags of luggage are arriving… How big was this airplane? Did a whole city fit in? Bags keep on coming stochastically. And then it turned silent. I don’t like it and am getting nervous. Eventually, when no more bags come out of the “hole”, I ask the staff if this is it? “No, still bags coming, don’t worry.” We will hear that a lot the coming weeks “don’t worry”. Hey, look at that … the last 3 bags appearing are ours… the last ones. OMG.
Will we recognize our driver?
After the delay with the luggage we hope that the driver is still there. I wouldn’t know as I was not able to text or call him… as my mobile is still freaking out! But he is… Babu is waiting for us and recognizes us – that means my blond curly friend with blue eyes – immediately. Sigh of relief.
Get cash out of the ATM… piece of cake?
Nothing seems to be easy tonight… Since the switch of the bank notes last November it almost looks like the ATM’s are being robbed on an hourly basis… no more money inside! We learn throughout our journey that grabbing cash when you can is a priority… first of all due to the lack of notes in the ATM’s, secondly you can only take 10.000 INR per transaction – and if you don’t mind the angry eyes behind you – try to do multiple transactions per stop at the ATM, and finally and especially… Mastercard/ Visa is not at all accepted readily.
Anyways no cash for us tonight. It will have to wait until tomorrow.
Only tonight and never again during our trip, grumpy. We thought it was a great idea to drive immediately from Delhi to Mandawa. Google maps told us it was only 5,5 hours drive… So what is the problem? It is not fun to drive at night (for the driver) especially if all passengers would be asleep in the car, we would miss out on some great scenery and villages, and… the ride is 8 hours including stops due to some very bad road condition along the way. Oeps. Anyway, we still think it was a great idea, we had only so many days to spend in India, and I stayed awake and talked to Babu all night. No more grumpiness by the time we arrived at our destination. 🙂
By 5 am it was time to stretch our legs and have our first hot chai tea. Mmmm. Everything started to come alive around this time, the sky started to brighten up a bit, the garbage was being burned on the street, the shops were opening up, the guy at the shop offered us to take a sip from the waterpipe (“we’re good thank you”)… the first cows and camels…
First Indian breakfast
Brilliant… finally some good, genuine Indian food. We stop at a roadside local place. We are so curious about how this typical breakfast is being prepared that we invite ourselves into the kitchen and behind the tandoor. After breakfast we freshen up a bit, get into more airy cloths (it is getting warmer now), put some make up on (need to look a bit decent on the pictures, especially after not have slept since the day before) and head for the last 100 kms or so to Mandawa.