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We're Here!!!!!!!!!!

pinch me, I don't believe it

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After wanting to come to India for years and years and years ... after planning this trip for months and months ... here I am in the most gorgeous room you can imagine at the fabulous Imperial Hotel in Delhi!


Tomorrow (make that later today because it is now 2:15 a.m.) I will upload some photos -- of our little group at the Maple Leaf Lounge, on the plane and THIS ROOM! I will also go into detail about the trip here. I honestly need to get some sleep but knew you'd all be wondering how I was and where I was.

But until then ...

Jet Air is the most amazing airline I have ever flown and I have flown on several Canadian, American and International airlines.

The smog here can kill you -- the instant the opened the door of the plane I started to cough and I haven't stopped yet. No wonder my doctor gave me antibiotics in case I get a respiratory infection. It is so dense it sticks to your skin and your clothes and you actually walk into it -- like walking through a curtain -- even inside the airport.

The honking of horns is relentless and deafening -- even at 1 in the morning when we finally walked out of the airport.

No matter what anybody tells you about how they drive here trust me you are unprepared for it. I closed my eyes and kept them shut and that's what I intend to do for the rest of the trip. A prayer here and there wouldn't hurt either, let me tell you.

What I was thinking when I said I wanted to come here by myself I do not know. We thought a piece of my luggage didn't make it -- we waited the better part of an hour. The airport was chaos -- who I would have ever found to report it to I do not know. When you finally get out of the customs area the sight that awaits you is unbelieveable -- I took pictures which I will upload tomorrow -- but they don't do it justice. The doors open and you see hundreds of people -- literally ringing the hall -- all 3 sides -- and they are about 6 or 8 deep. And they all have signs -- they are here to pick up tourists -- from hotels, from tour companies, from travel agents, from family and friends.

You cannot imagine. And they are so tightly packed in -- think sardines in a can -- it is impossible to figure out who is who, what is what and where your driver is.

Our pre-arranged bus didn't show up. If you're thinking taxi stand forget it. If you're thinking limo stand forget it. If you're thinking just ask someone in a uniform forget it. If you're thinking just call someone forget it.

We had Rashmi; and thankfully she organized 2 jeep-type vehicles for us. How I don't know. All I know is that after travelling for the better part of 24 hours and being hot, dusty, thirsty and tired in a place unlike anything I've ever experienced before I am certainly happy that I was not alone.

I am very happy I am here with our little group and with Rashmi -- we all talked about it while we were waiting for her to solve the transportation problem and we all agreed.

Come with a group!

I am going to sleep now ...

Posted by a_broad 12:50 Archived in India Tagged air_travel

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Fransi.... pleased you made it, and I am killing myself laughing because i have been there, not with a group and know.... god help anyone alone!!!!!
let the adventures begin!
Beachy day for us today, going out to the Jai Alai tonight... I say it Jay- a-lay just to bug Geoff. (High Iie) Maybe we'll win a bajillion bucks!!

by fifila22

So on the good news side you are there without any major incidents. On the down side, breathing is difficult. Given you past experiences, one out of two isn't bad. I'm sure you will figure out a way to overcome or somehow improve the situation. People have been known to where surgical masks in circumstances such as these. I guess the trick would be to find a mask!
I can just visualize you in that swarm of people. I'm thinking of some particularly choice expressions you would make. Holy F%#&! comes to mind.
On this side of the world, I just returned from Guelph having delivered my aunt back to her home safe and sound. The drive was terrible as there was nothing but rain and fog. Driving was not a good experience. They are expecting to set a new record for temperatures. At one point it was 10 degrees. On a good note, it is melting the 5+ foot high snow banks in my driveway.
Stay safe and keep the entries coming.

by awsmaunt

so happy to hear that you are finally in India...after all the preparing, and fantasizing and dreaming about it...
I can't see myself in all that smog with my asthma condition, I hope they told you to bring some masks with you? Arriving in India is not for sissiess, and you sure are lucky to be with a group...but on the other hand you are in for an advernture of a lifetime, you will adjust to everything, give it a few days...I am looking forward to your stories on the blog. wait till you see the cows running in the streets, that's what my friend Kenny talked about when he arrived there...all in all it will be a trip to remember for the rest of your life...I hope you slept well...
thinking about you...Love Dana

by Dana Bell

Hi Fransi,
Great that you arrived safely in India! I was thinking of you on the 26th taking off and glad that you didn’t have to deal with a snowstorm in Toronto. Your first impressions of India sounded like you entered a totally new world. I am looking forward to reading more about your adventures. Your comments bring India close to home which is the next best thing to being there myself. I doubt I would be as brave as you are.

Hard as it may be for you, don’t pet the cows!


by Dorismoll

So glad you arrived safe and sound!!!
We'll be keeping track of your developments on your blog -- wishing we were there with you!!!!
Enjoy, stay safe, and have fun!!!!
Looking forward to seeing your photos!!!!!

Abe & Heidi

by heidilynn

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