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.”