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In the Magdha Express to Varanasi.

“After locking one bag to the bench down below and stashing my small bag with my music, book, and the rest of my stuff up on my bunk, I folded up a sweatshirt for a pillow and tried to get a little rest. My body was exhausted on a cellular level. Of course, I wasn’t actually going to be able to get to sleep because vendors were walking up and down the aisle screaming the name of their wares, chai, chai, chai, chai, or samosa or chapatti of café.”

 

Dharma Punx • Noah Levine

 

I hadn't slept all that well in the rocking train when my alarm clock went off at 9 o' clock. Originally we should have arrived at 7:40 AM but taking into account the three hour delay I had programmed the alarm slightly later.

Working on the blog in the Magdha Express to Varanasi, India.
It did however not result in a fully revitalized start of the day. Latil, our cabin companion and tour guide for Spanish tourist groups, informed us that the train had been delayed even more. Estimated time of arrival was
noon. We had an improvised breakfast with some of the groceries we had left of the last day (cookies, coke and water) plus a cup of chai (tea with milk and sugar) that a train attendant was selling. Latil assured us that the chai was perfectly safe for us to drink. In hindsight I'm not to sure about that. A while after drinking the chai I felt a nausea that would not go away for the rest of the day.

 

The delay of the train got even worse. Instead of arriving at the original 7:40 AM it must have been around half past one when the train pulled into Mughalserai station. By that time I was feeling seriously ill. The tour agency's representative had been waiting for us at the station since seven o'clock and told us that it would take an hour to get to Varanasi, 15 km further.

Chai in the Magdha Express to Varanasi, India.
No sooner had we left the train station or we'd joined another horrendous traffic jam, resulting in even more delay. It must have been well past three o'clock when we arrived at Hotel Siddharth. We were welcomed with a necklace of flowers and orange juice but by that time the only thing I had on my mind was to get into bed, which I did after getting to our room.

 

Bart went out to do some first exploring of the city while I grabbed some earplugs to escape the noise of the construction next door. After a couple of hours I was feeling slightly better and tried to take a shower, but the water was so cold that I quickly fled back into bed again.

Bart got back at half past seven, raving about the city and its ghats.

At Mugahlserai train station, India.
We were planning to take a boat trip early next morning, so after taking a shower (which was now so hot you almost got burned) we decided to call it a day.

A brass and drum band started to play some music outside, but it was often so out of tune that it was hilarious. Shortly after we'd turned the lights off there was an enormous explosion outside. We first thought that there had been a terrorist attack, but when the band continued their racket and it was followed by more explosions and crackles we realised that it must have been fireworks again. Slowly but surely I dozed off into a dream-filled sleep, which I more than needed after this exhausting day. 

Biedjee says:
not slept well in the rocking train? I actually always sleep like a baby in trains!
Posted on: Jan 04, 2009
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