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Calcutta, stop hitting me please!

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True!

Calcutta September 29, 07

Backpack to India was a main plan.  All i know was 'going to India' from east to west  .. and the rest, as Nepal, Tibet or China?? ...  time would tell.  But ... even we spent a lot of time to create a nice plan for this trip  ... but India was chaging everything ...  

Incredible India Indeed!!

Back to the day before the trip, my bestfriend called and last thing she said was "Enjoy the trip and don't forget your passport, ok?"  .. I was laughing out loud, wow.. who's gonna forget that important thing!!  ... hahaha ... and then ..  the answer was .. ME!!!

I was so late that morning.

My problem, passport.
 I should be there at Suwannabhumi Airport since 7.30am but after half way from home i realised that i forgot my jacket!! So i went back to get it!! Showed up at the airport at 8am. Ale was waiting there, smiling.  "Ahh ... i'm sorry" ... he's still smiling. Huh, Relieved!  Then we went to check in. While i was taking out my passport to give to the Jet airways officer, i realised  ...

that I ... got the wrong one!! :O :O :O

The one i got now was my old passport!! Gotta go back home to bring the latest one but .... #$#%#$@. The Jet airways officers weren't sure that i could be back on time. And only one flight a day. If i couldn't come back before 9am, i'd miss the flight, also Ale. Coz he said he wouldn't fly alone for sure.

Indian bread, first meal by Jet Airways
 Ahhhh!! me me me what a me!!!! But at least i had a luck, (also Ale :D) that my home is not too far from the airport then they let me go back to bring it and told me they would wait as long as they can. In the taxi, i was hoping/praying/thinking that i could come back on time. My driver was driving too fast as in the movie ; the fast and the furious! Haha! And we did it on time, one hour sharp!!  Everyone relieved! Also me, only i can say was "sorry" and thanks to Ale who was not angry with me at all.  At that time I'm not sure what's on his mind, maybe it was .. "Ooooh, starting the trip with a mess and a crazy woman, .. how could it be aweful for the rest of the trip???" ... haha dunno.

All i know was India hit me once since i wasn't there!  

Flew safely with Jet Airways.

Calcutta .. Namaste!
Started the first meal with Indian bread. Really had no idea what was that and you know, i haven't found such a meal like that in India at all. Wondered it's a fake indian food they gave us??? Haha ..  

Not so long, two hours later we're there ... Calcutta .. Namaste!

Calcutta, LP said this city was found in1686 by the British merchant  Job Charnock. It was a capital city of India before transfer to Delhi in 1982. And change for Calcutta to Kolkata just 7 years ago and many street had changed the name too after independence. Locates on eastern India with more than 4.5 million population.

Conflict
Well known of Pollution and Traffic!! Ahhh, what i'm doing here!!!????? :D 

Calcutta was really hot! Not slang but real. It's more hot than the city that i just left. (Bangkok)!! Impressive! Haha. Hot, Humid, Indian Smell :D ahhh love ya at first sight! A short that many guide books say that 'for women please avoid to wear it'. But I couldn't, sorry. This is the first thing that i had a doubt. They said women can't wear short. But the Sari, custom dress that they wear is more daring than my short. It shows a beautiful tummy. But they say .. it's polite. For me, i prefer wearing my short than the sari coz .. i feel more comfortable to let them see my leg more than my tummy!

We booked the hotel for the first night which just found on the net the days before. I had a budget not over than 500-1000 rupis per night.

Indian Taxi that took us from the airport to hotel
 So we agree at this one, Astoria Hotel. It has a  taxi service to pick up us from the airport to hotel so we agreed to book it too. Coz i don't wanna see many many of taxi drivers run to us as it was happened once in Nepal last time.

But .. India hit me twice! No one comes to pick up us. We were waiting among hundred taxi drivers who always came to ask one by one and said "no one from Astoria, come with me, come with me". We weren't sure coz we really don't know if it's true or not. Guide book had warned us many many thing about taxis in India. So i became PANIC New!!! (but after found out that actually it's a Panic LP!!!!! (lonely planet) instead!!)

"Give us a minute for one cigarette ... PLEASE!!" ...  I shouted! (haha) Then we tried to call the hotel, the answered from them was .

The taxi rate, not include tax, they always say after arrive the destination. And different rate in different car. Beware!
.. "they didn't send someone to pick up"!!!

What da .... so ... ok we had to find the way to go there by ourselves!!

One lucky taxi driver took us to the hotel. I said "lucky" coz he really was. The price from the airport to the place we wanted to go is less than we paid for him for a half. But for us, sorry, but we really don't know where the hotel is, how far from the airport .. etc.! Again, India hit me third to pay over cost for the taxi then.

Haha, can't wait for you to hit me more and more and more and more, my dearest India!!

The traffic in Calcutta was so woow!! Had taking almost one hour to the Astoria Hotel. It's nice. A room was not that bad (for me) .. With both air con- and fan, what a hot country!!! We got big room but the bathroom was not so impressive.

Room no. 13 at Astoria Hotel
Big but not so clean. We complained them about the pick up car and asked for money back. India was going to hit me again coz they (hotel officers) don't wanna pay back. Great that Ale showed them an email that he talked to the manager and he was confirmed about the taxi so they had no arguement to say .. had to pay back the money then!

Ahhhh ... calcutta calcutta.

The room number is 13!! Haha, sounds great! After unpacked some stuff then went out to see how Calcutta is!! Well, it doesn't like what i thought. Ok, even i don't imagine that it's like a castle town but in my thought Calcutta must be more calm but .. what a crazy!!! Haha hoo hooo woooow! It was a Horn horn horn ... horn horn. Not any minutes to make the city quiet. I thought Hanoi was so crazy but here is much much more!

We don't know where would we go, we don't know what to do.

Another crazy .. day
Just walked. Anywhere we saw the road, we walked. They said went to the market, ok we went. Nothing interesting we could see. Ahh, India, you hit me fifth!!

Calcutta is not a place for us to be chill. We had to be concentrate every step we walked coz we might stepped on a shit, a pee or maybe were hit by a car!!  Two lanes of the road but they drove like there had four! It wasn't one way but the taxi drove on another side. Once in the taxi from Airport to Hotel, we're stucked on the crossroad, we heard the horn and the break sound from the truck ... eiiiiiidddddd ... it was on the right side where Ale sat and stopped just only a millimeter!! Ahhh, Indiaaaaaa! Thanks buddha that you didn't take my companion away since the first day!! Relieved!!

We walked along the street and found the public park.

Can't remember the name of this menu ; but potato and cheese :D
Some came to picnic, some slept, some played the sport. Even the football is the favorite sport for Calcuttan but the most i saw were Cricket and Played kite. First time i saw two different gangs of two classes of Indian people. First was the boys from somewhere around there were playing with a wood which they adapted to be a cricket bat. Another gang was a school boys team with the nice sport dress up to protect them from the accident and a good quality equipment to play. Hmmm....  

We walked with no map, had no idea how could we came back at the same place! But Lucky, i was so hungry .. many restuarant on the street ... most of them are chinese, japanese and pubs. We wanted to have Indian Food then found one but it's a vegetarian restuarant. Ahhh, how could a meat lover as me could eat??? Ale was ok with this one and as we walked all day without eating so .

Lassi
.. i agreed to eat here.

My first vegetarian .... was soooo .....!

Ooohhh .... Incredible India, you hit me again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

newtampo says:
Thanks jessscurtiss! And sorry that you have had a bad experience in Thailand but not all of us/ places are bad :) For India after I went back again I think the problem is maybe me not this country hahahaha .. (I already wrote in this blog and Nepal's blog in the last chapter). I still want to go back there to travel to other cities as I know I can't judge India in 45 days :)
Posted on: Sep 12, 2009
jessscurtiss says:
Hun your indian blog is hilarious but to be honest if you travel in tiny budget you bound to come across with basic standard of living in that particular country. Like when I tavelled in Thailand I experienced the same in fact worse, with dodgy places & people.They were all the time trying to rip off white people and i never felt safe in that country unfortunately. After some shocking stories like few Brits got killed etc..And lastly how can i forget the famous Thailand, land of Ladyboys hahahahah...no offence hun.
Posted on: Sep 10, 2009
newtampo says:
Hehe i was so stupid but lucky me that i could come back to get the flight on time :) Thank you for your compliment. I'm glad that you are enjoy the blogs! :)
Posted on: Feb 25, 2008
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True!
True!
My problem, passport.
My problem, passport.
Indian bread, first meal by Jet Ai…
Indian bread, first meal by Jet A…
Calcutta .. Namaste!
Calcutta .. Namaste!
Conflict
Conflict
Indian Taxi that took us from the …
Indian Taxi that took us from the…
The taxi rate, not include tax, th…
The taxi rate, not include tax, t…
Room no. 13 at Astoria Hotel
Room no. 13 at Astoria Hotel
Another crazy .. day
Another crazy .. day
Cant remember the name of this me…
Can't remember the name of this m…
Lassi
Lassi
TV on plane
TV on plane
Lucky driver!
Lucky driver!
At gas station
At gas station
Another one
Another one
Bus
Bus
Ale ..
Ale ..
As somewhere in Thailand
As somewhere in Thailand
Masala
Masala
Calcutta in the evening
Calcutta in the evening
Racing car, dont wanna think when…
Racing car, don't wanna think whe…
:)
:)
Beautiful ..
Beautiful ..
Taxi parking
Taxi parking
Quiet road .. wow!
Quiet road .. wow!
Astoria Hotel, Calcutta
Astoria Hotel, Calcutta
Astoria Hotel
Astoria Hotel
Lucky number : Room 13
Lucky number : Room 13
my stuff
my stuff
Our Stuff
Our Stuff
Parman!! Remind me of an old time.…
Parman!! Remind me of an old time…
Music is a life ..
Music is a life ..
Really nice!
Really nice!
Bidi seller! Haha
Bidi seller! Haha
Bidi, 2 rupis a piece, the taste w…
Bidi, 2 rupis a piece, the taste …
:)
:)
Alone ..
Alone ..
go to work ..
go to work ..
Always .. with the bags
Always .. with the bags
Center of the town
Center of the town
Empty road, not easy to see in cal…
Empty road, not easy to see in ca…
:D
:D
Indian Park
Indian Park
Its the way to the school
It's the way to the school
School boys were playing cricket
School boys were playing cricket
Really nice couple..
Really nice couple..
Thank you for letting me take your…
Thank you for letting me take you…
Hes taking a shower, everyone doe…
He's taking a shower, everyone do…
Indian Gang ...
Indian Gang ...
Scary Ale.
Scary Ale.
bus will come soon
bus will come soon
Another shot
Another shot
Subway
Subway
Spider in the sky
Spider in the sky
Many many people
Many many people
Hes waiting to shoot those kids, …
He's waiting to shoot those kids,…
A taxi driver took us to train sta…
A taxi driver took us to train st…
Many Billboards there
Many Billboards there
...
...
I love it but never try.
I love it but never try.
Laundry service?? :D
Laundry service?? :D
Another city bus
Another city bus
Vegetatian Restaurant on the first…
Vegetatian Restaurant on the firs…
in front of the street, with a gho…
in front of the street, with a gh…
Inside the restuarant
Inside the restuarant
Rajasthani, the name of it.
Rajasthani, the name of it.
Tomato soup
Tomato soup
This is another kind of cheese .. …
This is another kind of cheese ..…
After meal, nice!
After meal, nice!
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