Really looking forward to Nepal
27.05.2010 - 29.05.2010 38 °C
another update from India. The last update from India. And I'm quite releived to be able to write this. India's been great. But it's also been hot, dirty, spicy, dusty and dude heavy. Looking forward to some green, some mountains, different culturee and different cuisine.
Spend the last two days in Varanasi in quite a rich hotel with pool, restaurant, bar and internet. Varanasi is one of the holiest places in Hindu religion. People basically come here to die so that their bodies can be burned on the riverbanks of the Ganges. And yes, we've seen the rituals in action and yes, it's quite an experience on an empty stomach at 6 o'clock in th morning...... Tomas couldn't get enough and went back there, on his own, with almost fatal consequenses. But he survived, he got the pictyure he wanted and didn't have to go to "the office" to pay a 200 rupees fine.
Went back to the river yesterday evening and witnissed a daily ritual again. Lots of people, lots of music that is quite difficult to appreciate if you're not in some kind of spiritual state of mind (which I haven't managed to get into over the last 4 weeks). But the buddhists on the bnoat next to us seemed to be interested and filmed the spectacle to improve their own rituas at home I think.
A nice last anecdote from India is the hide and seek mission that we successfully accomplished the day we arrived in Varanasi. Basically, we tried to avoid dodgy tuk tuk drivers that came up to us as soon as we got out of the train station. One of 'em was not very sober and that was the one that we definitely tried to avoid..... And so it happened, right? Nope! Well, we found another tuk tuk, but as soon as we got in, the driver got out and mister 'poor me another drink' stepped in. Seemed like it was his first ride in a tuk tuk and he seemed to have difficulties with the first gear. Every tuk tuk driver in India gets a commission from hotels where they drop off their passengers, so we tried to avoid that (as this commission will be included in the rate for your room). We told the guy to drop us off at the tv tower, not far from the hotel that we wanted to go to, and so it happened. However, instead of the tuk tuk driver getting back to his English beer & wine shop, he and his side kick just lingered around and kept asking which hotel we wanted to go to. We pretend to be waiting fro friends to pick us up, Tomas pretends to call our imaginary friends and we hide in a reaturant around the corner. We waited, had a drink and sent Tomas out for a mission to check whether the coast was clear. Tuk tuk was still there, but the restaurant happened to have two exits from the garden (I know, it sounds a bit like James Bond, but it really was a coincidence). So, in the end we get away, walk to the hotel, decided not to speak to each other during the walk to avoid any more attention from the always friendly and helpfull tuk tuk drivers, or rikshaw drivers, or taxi drivers, or whatever other drivers....... Mission accomplished!!!!
Life in India is not easy, everything seems to be difficult, everyone wants your rupees and hardly anyone is genuinely friendly. Guess that's the way it is, and I guess I need to accept it, it's just not that easy.....
Looking forward to Nepal and our quest to cross the border with Tibet from there. Will keep you posted. Until then, keep posting comments.