Getting lost, chatted up and joining the tour

Getting lost, chatted up and joining the tour
Delhi, India

Delhi, India


I woke up early thinking I’d get a good start to the day, and help my jet lag. Breakfast at the hotel, and I thought I would have a look around the hotel and get my bearings. Early morning is not a good look for Delhi. The shops are closed, dogs wandered the puddled streets and the only people about are disheveled men, sleeping face down in the back of trucks, getting hair cuts on the street or sorting through rubbish piles. I only saw a couple of women. I stood out like a sore thumb. I know I look like a tourist, I can’t help it in a country with a mono culture of a certain skin tone. My hair cut also got a few comments in the various conversations I had during the morning. I had several people stop to talk to me, and offer to help. They did point me towards the centre of town, which was helpful, but I wasn’t sure who was genuine and who was going to ask for money, so I cut them short and went on my way. Even once I found the tourist office, the guy was helpful in warning me about certain things… He told me that men in India are crazy when they talk to women, and not to talk too long to them, and then proceeded to chat me up himself. *sigh* But most things were closed until 11, so after being lead down a goose chase by a tuk tuk driver who was suggesting I buy Indian clothes from various stores, he dropped me off in the middle of nowhere when I insisted I wanted to go back to my hotel. Nice. After a bit of a rest, I ran into a couple of boys from Finland who were going on the tour. We got lunch at the hotel on the rooftop (palak paneer, yum!). Other people started joining us, and soon we had most of the tour having drinks and chatting. The poor boys had had a run of bad luck though. One lost his luggage somewhere along their transit, and they were ripped off by a taxi driver from the airport to the hotel. Not just a little either…. He rorted them out of $100. Ouch. We met with the rest of the group at 6pm, along with the very pimpin tour leader Yash. Popped collar, chest hair showing, and gold earrings, he had it all going on. Apparently we will get another tour guide when we arrive in Kochi. We went to a great restaurant for a team dinner, and had makhani and cheese and garlic naan. The naan amazing! Oily, but delicious.