Wanderful Words No. 26: The India Experience

by Ekua on November 30, 2010 in India,wanderful words

It’s been awhile since I last posted, but Girl, Unstoppable has not stopped. During my hiatus, I’ve been on the move in India, the ultimate in masochistic travel destinations. I still want to wrap up my reports on my Mexico trip, but being here has me so fully engulfed in the moment, it’s difficult to think about much else.

Here, if you’re not all here, you might get run over by a taxi or rickshaw or find that six people are now in front of you in a queue when you were originally next in line. You might think you’re at the gate where your flight will depart from soon when in fact, it will be delayed with much “regret” at regular intervals and you’ll be wandering the terminal trying to keep up with gate changes and four hours later, when your flight finally arrives and you finally figure out where you’ll actually board it, people begin to clap. Simultaneous hyper-alertness and patience are characteristics this country constantly requires of its visitors.

India is everything you expect, yet it can still be shocking to see the stereotypes unfold. Probably because of the challenges India throws at those who find themselves here, there’s a camaraderie amongst travelers that is unique, especially those of us who are trying to see India on a budget. On my first day, more than one traveler I met spoke these very true words:

“If you can travel in India, you can travel anywhere.”


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Andi November 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I want to kick your cute butt for not telling me that you booked your ticket to India! I never heard anything from you so I assumed you weren’t going!!!!!!! Bad girl! But well I’m still excited to see your posts.

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Ekua December 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Yeah, it was kind of last minute and then things got crazy right before I left so I didn’t get around to updating people!

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Sunee December 1, 2010 at 12:06 am

From what I’ve seen on TV, India does seem a little challenging. I’d still love to go. Hope you enjoy it, can’t wait to read about it.

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Ekua December 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Yup, a challenge and it’s kind of a trip when you find yourself in the middle of those images you’ve seen on TV or in photos!

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Lola December 1, 2010 at 2:34 am

Haha! Have a fantastic, deeply satisfying, and insightful time in India!

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Ekua December 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

If nothing else, I am a stronger traveler for having been to India ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Harriet December 3, 2010 at 7:09 am

I agree! Traveling in India can be hectic and overwhelming, but it is so rewarding and the country is so beautiful that it is always worth it!

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Ekua December 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm

This was more of a touristy city trip… I think if I was to go back, I’d do more countryside and desert and I imagine that would be less overwhelming!

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Kelsey December 3, 2010 at 8:39 am

I look forward to reading more!

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Ekua December 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Thanks for stopping by! Have always enjoyed your photos. Jetlag is winding down, and will get back to regular posting soon.

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Brenna December 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Love love love that last line.

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Ekua December 5, 2010 at 11:23 pm

So true, huh?

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Mary R December 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Can’t wait to read all about your India travels. I love your descriptions already!

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Ekua December 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Wrapping up Mexico right now and then on to tackle writing about India!

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Rachel December 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Good luck on your travels! Here are some tips for surviving Indian trains from Pink Pangea, the community for women travelers:
http://www.pinkpangea.com/post/how-to-survive-an-indian-train-ride

Looking forward to reading more!

Rachel

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Ekua December 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I’m now home, but not without surviving a couple of Indian train rides ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Marie December 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Ekua, you are my hero!

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Ekua December 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

It was not an easy trip, but I definitely took a lot away from it!

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