Day 2: Exploring My Surroundings
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August 6th, 2009 – by: maxsamis
New Delhi is a combination of New York, Mars, and a decades old landfill. Some of the garbage which lines every street is embedded five times over into the street tar. It is part of the city and it is everywhere. I slept late until 10am when I was woken by a call from Vivek. I read a copy of the Hindustani Times by the pool until the car I had hired for the day arrived. It took approximately one hour to reach Vivek's wife's factory in Noida, a large city in the Uttar Pradesh (UP) state. I took a quick tour of the facility and headed to lunch with Vivek at a nice Indian/Thai fusion restaurant next to a McDonalds. Vivek confirmed my suspicions that I was crazy for coming to India without an itinerary.
After lunch I had my driver take me to the Red Fort in Old Delhi. I figured I should bite the bullet and be a tourist for a day since I had no idea when a similar opportunity would come my way. The driver pulled up in front of a long line of people waiting for the bus and I hopped out. He said he'd be back in two hours and sped off leaving my disoriented and in a crowd of people. Immediately I was mobbed by young children, barely clothed, begging for rupees.
It's hard to say no, but I had done my research prior to coming and knew that giving anything would result in an endless mobbing.
I rode back to the hotel exhausted and smoked too many cigarettes by the pool. I swore I was going to quit, and I had done a pretty good job up until India but it's too tempting here with everyone around me lighting up. I spoke to Anurag at Nagarro and was pleased to hear they had arranged for me to be picked up in the morning. I am going to head back down to the pool for a few minutes to smoke another cigarette and try to meet some of the people I have seen around the hotel. I can't believe I go back to school in 20 days!
Went down to the pool again for one last smoke before bed and had a very nice conversation with a German businessman and his Nepalese son-in-law Roger who was 24. Back in my room now about to go to sleep. I set up an 8:30am wake up call and am going to read a bit before bed. The last of my Western food and water is gone, I expect to suffer from the dreaded Delhi Belly tomorrow night.
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