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And so it begins!
We’re in India and we’re already being tested!
For those of you just catching up, here’s what happened:
Delhi isn’t kind to travellers.
And I thought I was prepared.
But I wasn’t ‘cos the airline lost my luggage!
We flew Berlin – Munich – Delhi and half-way through the flight, one of the flight attendants discreetly told me that my luggage had been left behind.
In truth, I wasn’t too worried.
So we arrived
And airport staff were waiting with forms and huge smiles.
But what wasn’t waiting for us though, was my husbands’ suitcase!
He has a blue-green Samsonite suitcase which is a 30-year-old model.
I didn’t think it was even worth stealing!
I was wrong apparently!
It was gone!
And nobody knew where it was.
Was it in Germany?
Was it in India?
No-one had any idea.
Thankfully, I had pre-booked a very nice family-friendly bed & breakfast / apartment-hotel.
It was called Aashianaa Living.
I booked it myself via booking.com
I also booked their hotel car!
Because the last thing you ought to be worrying about after a long stressful flight, is where you’re going to sleep or spend the night!
You really don’t want to do that!
Our luggage – both suitcases – came two days later.
I couldn’t have been happier!
Is that it then?
Look at the title!
So what happened?
Take a seat!
I’m quite an organised person so I pre-booked a “free” walking tour around Delhi.
It was to be an early morning two-hour affair.
But due to the palaver of the night before, we had spent all morning calling the airline and trying to find out where our bags were.
So much so, that by the time we actually left our hotel, it was 09:20.
Our walking tour was to start at 10.00!
No problem I thought.
We’ve got plenty of time.
I called an Uber taxi and then called the tour guide.
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The tour guide told me that we were miles away from the meeting point.
The meeting point was the Red Fort at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi.
We were in New Delhi!
He waited for as long as he could and then had to move on, as there were other tourists with him.
He sent us a link of where the next stop would be so that we could catch up.
Reader, we never found him!
We followed the Google-link into the market place, but every time we tried to reach the target point, we ended up at the doorway of someone’s private home!
They weren’t pleased!
We went backwards and forwards.
We went around the corners.
We dodged into alleyways.
And then we found ourselves hopelessly lost!
We called the tour guide.
“Oh, you’re just around the corner. I’m wearing a pale blue T-shirt.”
We went around the corner.
And met a stone-brick wall.
We tried and we tried.
After one (1) hour, we gave up.
I called the tour guide and apologetically cancelled the tour.
It shouldn’t be too difficult, we’ll do the “tour” ourselves!
Let’s have a bit of a rest and then find our way out!
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
We searched everywhere for a “restaurant,” but there was none to be found.
We wouldn’t have minded a “cafe,” but in the midst of the Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, such an establishment was alien.
So we went back to Google.
Google said that straight ahead was “a big road.”
Let’s go there.
And found that instead of the road getting larger, it was in fact, getting smaller!
It was hot and crowded and we really had no idea where we were.
At one point, the road was so tiny, we were caught up in some sort of scrum and had to leap over piles of filthy sacking and straw that had been
thrown put on the floor!
Meanwhile, we struggled to not get crushed by horses, camels, motorbikes, cars, tuk-tuks, rickshaws, people and wheelbarrows stuffed with “things” that choked with so much traffic congestion, that nothing could move!
It wasn’t one of my best ideas. 🤣😆
But we saw and experienced real Delhi so much so, that both The Music Producer and The Tall Young Gentleman were at times quite distressed!
They were brave though and didn’t complain too much as it took us three (3) hours to get out of that mess.
Things began to look up though as local scammers began to approach us so we knew we were near civilisation!
It was a little difficult to shake them off until I spied the Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place nearby.
On my instruction, we practically ran there, went upstairs and ordered lots and lots of cocktails at restaurant Fifty9 / The Connaught Bar!
And for those of you who are over 30 (ahem!).
This blog and the next couple of
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India isn’t easy, but if you want to go there.
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So what are you waiting for?
This article isn’t sponsored, and all opinions and lost adventures in India, are my very own!
p.s. I’ve purposely not mentioned the name of the tour company, as it simply wasn’t their fault.
That’s it for now.
See you next week!
Watch this space!
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Victoria you are so funny, you made me lol. At least you had your husband and son with you to share this crazy place with and now some very entertaining stories to tell 🙂
Thanks so much Gilda. I certainly try my best! 😀
Honestly, even with all it’s issues, THIS trip to India is still far, far better than my first trip to India back in 2005!! ‘So glad that hubby and son were with me and that I could open their eyes to all the crap that I usually have to endure when I travel solo / to a developing country…
Mind you, I still travel solo a few times per year, and I still very much enjoy the crap.
I think! 😉
Wow! This is quite a drama filled time you guys had in Delhi, makes for great blogging fodder though LOL! I am happy it all ended well and there are many sage lessons for those who will read your travel tips.
Thanks very much Kim!
Yeah, it was beginning to look like we were cursed. And from the 1st and 2nd day too!
But I managed to get it all back under control and everything was fine.
In the end! 😀
Wow did you take all of those incredible pictures yourself? What an AMAZING talent!! P.s, how do you set up affiliate links as a travel blogger?
And finally – I happen to believe that even with all of the misshaps and frustrations that happen all-too-often on an overseas trip (believe me, I’ve had more than a few!), it’s all part of the adventure!
Thanks so much Janine. You’re very kind to say so! 😀
Yep! Mishaps & frustrations are indeed, the very soul of lovers of travel. Raise your hand up if you haven’t been through some ordeal or other!
p.s. I took exactly 50% of the photographs that you see in this post.
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Wow, sounds tough – a real adventure for sure. I still haven’t tackled India, partly because I know it’s going to be a challenge, the closest I’ve come is Nepal. Judging by your story and the chaotic pictures, I think India would be even more of a shock though! Still, I’m really intrigued by all the beautiful scenery and UNESCO sites the country has to offer. Looking forward to hearing more about the trip and Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you too! I hope you guys are well?
Yep. India is crazy! 😀
I’ve been there before so knew what to expect, but even so, it’s still pretty tough, but you’d like it! Nepal is so cool. I haven’t had the time to go that far North, but I hope that I can get to the Himalayas one of these days! Did you hike up Mount Everest?
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