|Posted on November 16, 2010 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
Now that I was in Delhi, I figured I’d get the Chinese visa. A week of fever, lack of appetite and loss of weight (stomach infection) was followed by another one that took place in the Chinese visa office. I met Alex, who, after a period of pretty unstable health conditions, got bit by a dog, thus having to get many vaccinations against rabies. The approaching expiration of his visa prevented him from joining me on my way north. However, we agreed on meeting in Nepal and going to...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 13, 2010 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
I jumped on a bus in Agra and took it until the start of the main road heading westwards, to the pay toll gates. I didn't have to wait much, soon I was sitting in the cabin of a all-colour, all-holes, all-corrosion truck. Two men were replacing each other in the driving, they barely uttered a word while on the road. The person sitting in the front passenger seat occasionally slammed the glove compartment, which meant that the road in the left lane i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 12, 2010 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Luck accompanied me and I was able to get out of the capital city quite easily. I went southwards with smaller rides. Even though I was in another state, it seemed that the row of apartment houses and merchant stands would never end.
In the end I could see the first signs of agriculture in the cabin of a rusty truck that was enforced by wood sticks. The truck stopped ca. 40 kilometers from Agra and its driver persistently helped me in getting a new ride.
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|Posted on October 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM||comments (0)|
Lucky's door has always been open and various kinds of people have entered through from time to time. Sitting and working in the big bed's corner, I started off as an observer but later on I became part of one piece of the city-life.
According to different descriptions of India it is poverty, the lack of education and corruption that are the country's major problems. It is also talked about how India's has one of the worlds highest economic growth rates..
All these t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
A minivan stopped. The two men inside were heading to Delhi. I made the mistake –in a rather self-pitying way- of telling them the story of my wallet. From the not too smooth communication I could figure out that they were driving passengers from the capital airport to Jalandhar, and now they were heading back home. Slowly, it became clear to me that the genlteman sitting in the front seat was a passenger, too – a paying passenger. In other words, the ta...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 24, 2010 at 2:40 AM||comments (1)|
It was in Amritsar when I first realized that when looking at a map of India, what seem to be small towns judging by the size of the dots on the map, they are in fact huge cities with heavy traffic. Countless colorful rickshaws, motorcycles, carts, cars, bicycles, pedestrians crowd the streets and bring the noise. The sky is as vivid as the bustle below. Thousands of kites are fighting, going in a zigzag way above the city, and the cut kites, losers in...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
We arrived at the border just in time. We were the last ones who crossed it that day from Pakistan to India, so we had the opportunity to see the famous border-closing procedure from the other side. The grandstand was full of people chanting "Hindustan". On the Pakistan side there were less people, maybe 200 at the most.
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