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Goodbye India

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My last day in India.  It's sad and not sad all at the same time.  I liked and disliked this country, but in all honesty, I never felt drawn into this place the way I was with many of the other countries I've visited in Asia such as China, Thailand, or Cambodia.

It's time to leave, and with the heat and the monsoon on its way, there's no reason to stay even if I wanted to. 

 

WHAT I'LL MISS:

- watching the crowds of people on the street navigating through the cars, autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws, motorbikes, bicycles, cows and herd of goats

- masala chai available just about everywhere you turn

- yummy dosas from the south

- fresh butter nan

- the beautiful saris that turn every place into a mash-up of vibrant colours

- the hospitalty of locals treating me like family

- Holi festival

- Mama Nisha's cooking

- super cheap shopping for jewellery and scarves

- tea in Darjeeling

- the tranquility of the Andaman islands

- camel trekking in Jaisalmer

- the unpredictablility of every day

- Varanasi

 

WHAT I WON'T MISS:

- trying to walk through the crowds of people on the street navigating through the cars, autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws, motorbikes, bicycles, cows and herd of goats

- the constant smell of urine, garbage and cow dung

- the purse snatching groper turned stalker of Delhi

- any incident involving being groped

- being chased around by locals wanting a photo of me after refusing their request

- garbage everywhere

- the lack of toilet paper

- long bus rides sitting on broken seats driving on bumpy, windy roads

- the sounds of car horns blarring followed by more car horns blarring answered by more honking of car horns

- Chennai

- did I mention the garbage?

 

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