Let tomorrow be ..
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Walked out to find something to eat. At lunch was so crowded with Indian. Since i was there, i met tourists not more than 4 couples! Where were they? No one come here??? ... Anyway, along the way had many many places to eat. Food shops on the street, some look so yummy! Most of Indian were eating there coz it's easy and cheap and quick and etc. Some of them wore suit and tie but they were there eating with hands as a traditional way to eat Dalbhat, main dish here. No chair, stood up and ate. I wanted to try ... ok its look was not so clean but when many people were there, i bet that was the nice one!
Then we back to the same way and found "Turkish Corner" ... with many menus of KEBAB! A menu is in English but can't translate anyway coz it's a specific name of the dish.
Finished Kebab, walked back to the hotel, passed one CD Shops, the seller said Hi to us ... then .. became a long conversation after he knew where were we from and after he spoke Italian with Ale haha ... everyone always say "i got one italian friend, .. :D No one says "i got one Thai friend" hahahahaha ... But he's nice guy. "Normen" is his name. Half India-English. He's more than 60 years old but is strong and happy and look more younger (more than Ale!! I thought!! haha). He talked to us from pea to warship haha ... He's the first person in India that we could understand an english with indian accent very well.
Good to speak to him and glad to know him too. He's really nice but never find the end of the story if he started haha. Too bad that we haven't had more time to spend with him. We exchanged our emails, surprised that he got one .. he's 60! But incredible Indian indeed. He loves India. Even he's half english but he doesn't want to stay there. Cold, he said and lonely coz his family is in India. :) Ahhh, he told us a secret to be more younger than he is ... "just smiling" .
This trip, we planned to stay each city only 3 days and moved coz we wanted to visit many places from East to West, if we could .. maybe to the North. Everyday we always discussed about "what are we gonna do tomorrow? or Where we are going to? And always ending with "Let tomorrow be" hahaha What a good companion we are!
There has many interesting places in Calcutta such as Rabindranath Tagore (Concert Hall), Academy of Fine Art reminds of Rapintanat Tagor who is the Nobel laureate poet, a writer, and philosopher. He also was the ambassador of Indian culture to the rest of the world., St. Paul Cathedral, Marble Palace, Nehru Children's Museum, Hooghly Ghats where we haven't been there .
I know I've missed some nice places but when I was there... i don't know.... India had made me lost the way. Or maybe i was so panic to think about how to spend the holiday there. Before i started the trip, I got a mail from a friend who was going to stay there for three years but after four months, he went back to his hometown. He said India is crazy much more than he could handle. Wow!! Also he was stolen his passport and even contact lens! Not only a warning from him but many many in Lonely Planet and other Thai guide books also ... and since i stepped here, not so many thing that was so impressive. Had to be aware every step. Don't feel comfortable when walked out.
But anyway we spent time in Calcutta more than we thought .. without noticing. Realised again, it's the fourth day now. Why are we still here??? Why we have to listen to the HORN everyday, every night??? Another thing that i don't understand Indian. Cars, taxis, buses or a even bicycles were trying to hit a horn as if they were in a horn contest! If they were in Thailand, someone might get out of a car to shoot another one (it was happened before many years ago, two cars in the gas station. First car finished but don't move, then second car hit a horn to make him move. Dunno because of the hot weather that made people nervous or that guy was so crazy but then, he (the first car) got out of the car and shot the second car's driver!! DIED!! Aweful!!).
A man from the hotel took us to one travel agent, they said 'sleeping seat - is 500 rupis per each' ... we nodded and told him we'll come back later.
Inside had less air, can't believe that's a place to buy ticket. Many people inside with no air. We went to look at the timetable which was hanging on the wall. Another 30 minutes we wasted time. Small alphabets and don't understand anything. Wondered how they could find the right train!??? So we were in the line to talk to the officer. .. Got it, she said .. tonight only a seat ticket not sleeping ticket. How much?, we asked. 930 rupis, each. What!!!!!! She said ... if you wanna leave tonight, that's the best price for now! Ahhhhh, we were discussing, asking her many questions and forgetting that they had other people on the line, then they yelled at us! Ahhh, sorry sorry.
We didn't buy there ... but back to take the ticket at the first agent. We took a taxi back with a hopeless to leave here tonight. Then we found another travel agent. He said same - tonight is fulled. Tomorrow is ok, we're ok too. How much??? 380 rupis each with sleeping cabin. ... Hah??? 380???? ok, we take it, two!!!! :D
The more we asked, the more it's cheap! Ok, time to get out of here.
Spent last night in Calcutta at the favorite restaurant opposite the hotel. Yummi Indian Food here. Then walked to another street which is like a rich area. Nice shops, nice hotels, nice restaurants. Again that i've been in the feeling of different classes in India. I know they had four classes. Some who are rich have cars and some have a car driver to drove them to shopping or work.
After 9 o'clock in the evening, most of the shops are closed. We went back to the hotel. Packing stuff, preparing to go to Varanasi. Hope beautiful thing's waiting for us over there.
Bye bye Calcutta, for now .
... to be continued