My Indian Adventure Has Begun

New Delhi Travel Blog

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Luisa, Sarah and I crammed into the back of a rickshaw. It would have been more terrifying if we hadn't seen a rickshaw go by with 6 people riding in it!

So my flight was 14 and a half hours long. Way too effin' long! I never want to do that again! The meals were terrible and I barely slept. I watched a couple of movies, and read some books. Delhi looks so beautiful from overhead; I can't wait to explore it! We got in about 20 minutes late and even though it was only around 6:15, the airport was pretty empty. I met Jogan, an assitant coordinator, outside and got a ride to the house. It took us an hour to get from Southwest Delhi to South Delhi.

Traffic here is INSANE! There's more honking, a lot more pedestrians walking in the middle of lanes, and way too many people driving in more than 1 lane at a time! You think I'm a bad driver now? Trust, you won't want me near a car after 8 weeks of this!

Jogan was very curious about my adoption, almost confused.

Getting my mehendi done
He said he had never heard a "story like mine" before in real life, only in movies. He also seemed disappointed in my lack of Indian knowledge. So lesson learned on that one; always research the country you're going to and try to learn a little of the language. I guess that's what my orientation week is for, but since I am Indian, the people expect me to speak Hindi.

I'm living in dorm style accomodations in the project coordinator's house. Sarah from Boston got in yesterday morning, Nienke from Holland has already been here 2 weeks, Luisa from Germany arrived this morning, Ed from London got here this evening and one more girl from Japan is coming tomorrow morning. There's two bedrooms, Sarah and I share a room, and we have a small sitting area as well.

Our finished mehendi

Breakfast is served at 8:30, so this morning, we all got up to eat and meet Luisa. We had porridge, tea, papaya and some kind of flat bread with jam. It was all home-cooked and delicious, even the porridge, which I don't usually like.

After breakfast we jumped in a rickshaw and set off for the Central Market. It has everything. There were shops and vendors selling clothing, shoes, jewelry, foods, children's toys, really anything you'd need. The market was a little dirtier than I'd thought it'd be; trash and mud all over. And stray dogs are EVERYWHERE over here! Things are so cheap here! The exchange rate is about 45 to 1, so Rs. 100 is only a little less than $2.25. I didn't buy anything but Sarah, Nienke, and I got henna done on our hands.

Nienke showing us around Central Market

After the market we took a rickshaw back to M Block, a shopping area near our house. It was much nicer and more high-end than Central Market. We went to a Cafe Coffee Day for lunch. We walked back to the house and then decided to go to the zoo. We took the bus, which was really simple, and met Jogan. We walked around, but the zoo's really not that interesting. A lot of different kinds of deer. Too many different kinds of deer. Plus foreigners have to pay Rs. 100 for admission, while Indian Nationals pay only Rs. 20. I knew I should snuck into the other line, who would've been able to tell? We didn't actually pay much attention to the animals, it was just nice to walk around outside! The weather here is gorgeous, in the 70s. And we didn't get to stay for very long, because one of the girls needed to get back to Skype with one of her friends who is traveling in India alone right now.

We were really disappointed that we didn't get to see the elephants, but then we saw one on the road on the way back to the house. 

We were all really tired so we rested a little before we went out to dinner. On Sunday nights, dinner isn't provided so Sarah, Nienke, Ed, and I walked to this little restaurant down the street. The food was really good, I got a dish with noodles with vegetables in a spicy gravy, for only Rs. 90 ($2.00)! 

Tomorrow is the beginning of my orientation/language and culture week. Turns out Ed and I are the only ones doing it. Tuesday we get to go around Delhi and sightsee a little so I'll have another update and some more pictures later this week. And if anyone wants to Skype or Facebook chat, the best hours are probably going to be after 9 pm my time, so 9 am US Central time. 

Thinking of you all,

Ellen

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Posted on: Feb 22, 2012
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Luisa, Sarah and I crammed into th…
Luisa, Sarah and I crammed into t…
Getting my mehendi done
Getting my mehendi done
Our finished mehendi
Our finished mehendi
Nienke showing us around Central M…
Nienke showing us around Central …
The Old Fort
The Old Fort
Rhino taking a jog
Rhino taking a jog
Hippo having fun splashing around
Hippo having fun splashing around
These monkeys werent part of the …
These monkeys weren't part of the…
The coolest animal we saw all day
The coolest animal we saw all day
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