Delhi Arrivals

We are now in India. The journey here was unexpectedly pleasant. On the Dubai to Delhi part of the flight we were upgraded from Economy to Business Class. Kate told us that she would be our cabin host during the flight and asked us if we would like a complimentary glass of champagne. We couldn’t think of a good reason why not. We were also complimented with a large TV, fully reclining massaging seats, hot perfumed face towels, fine wines with the meal, and to top it all of a cheese board. When the captain told us we were going to land, we were heartbroken!

But land we did. We were transferred to our hotel by a women only taxi service. Sunita took good care on the journey through the hectic Delhi traffic; she was the only female driver that we saw on the journey. And so to The Good Times Hotel our sanctuary from the Delhi streets, onto which we would not venture until the second day.
We asked the manager which way to go. He seemed surprised that we wanted to walk in the rain, but offered us an umbrella, and advised that under no circumstance should we accept the services of the tuk-tuk drivers. We soon realised that our presence on the street was like a shining beacon of opportunity to every tuk-tuk man in the area. We resisted their offers of taking us to interesting parts of the city for a few pence, and instead made our way along the muddy haphazard sidewalks, where an enormous statue of Hanuman (The Hindu Monkey God) rose above us and the metro line.

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The locals were very keen to talk to us. We discovered that I look like the Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, and Nikki bares a striking resemblance to Angelina Jolie. They also thought it would be a good idea if we used their friend’s tuk-tuk.

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As we picked our way back through the streets, the rain came down harder, and the sight of the hotel was a comfort.
I wonder which film stars we will look like tomorrow.

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13 thoughts on “Delhi Arrivals

  1. From Jamie…
    Hi paddy and nikki!
    Have a good day around Delhi. Pleased to hear India is treating you both like Bollywood “stars”!
    Anticipate gold leaf on curry tonight!
    WOW…England won the first “Ashes” test!!
    Lots of love. jamie xx.

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  2. Haha this made me laugh! So jel you got upgraded! No doubt it was down to Nikki and her persuasiveness! Loving this blog! Can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to next! Xxx

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    1. Been in India just over 3 weeks now, eating curry for breakfast most days. I’m in food heaven. In the Himalayas at the moment, where they have nice Tibetan food along with quite few Tibetans. Still loving the curries though.

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    1. Hi Simon. Loving India. We’re in McLeod Ganj at the moment – home of the Dalai Lama. It is cool and raining most of the time. So it feels like the Lake District; apart from monkeys.

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  3. Cracked it! I’m in.
    Great first blog, I am impressed you casually dropped the name Hanuman into the conversation, as if he was an acquaintance.

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    1. All my knowledge comes from Google. I am wondering around and looking at stuff, but I haven’t got a clue most of the time, with the exception of the Taj Mahal. I had heard of that.

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    1. Thanks for having a listen Dave. I had a sitar lesson in Varanasi. I am some way off mastering it, but I do love the sound it makes. The teacher was amazing. maybe I could get him to help me out.

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