The end of our time in India
26.03.2014 - 28.03.2014
We can't believe two whole months have almost passed since we packed up our flat, dumped our things at Dan's Mum's, said our emotional farewells and jumped on a plane to India! It often feels like only yesterday, and sometimes feels like a lifetime ago.
Our last few days in India were spent in dreaded Delhi! But it didn't phase either of us one bit, proving we have grown more accustomed to India, and so we should have after two months!
After thinking we had both survived food poisoning whilst in India, Amiee got a case of 'Delhi belly' which meant much of our sightseeing was rushed. We still managed to see the National Museum and the Ghandi museum where he spent his last days.
But the memories of the atmosphere in Delhi are what we will take away from that place. We stayed in the popular budget area of Paharganj, where the streets were rife with backpackers, beggars and street kids. Our time in India prepared us for the poverty we witnessed on these streets but it also got us thinking over our travels so far. We just so happened to bump into our good friend Sam who we partied with in Palolem. He was also near the end of his stay and we went for a drink with him where we all reflected together (and broke hotel decorations).
We've spent time in the breathtaking backwaters of Kerala, the golden Goan beaches, colourful Rajasthan, and most difficult of all, the hustle and bustle of Uttar Pradesh. India may be one country, but it's a thousand world's. Hugely diverse in not just landscapes, but religions, ethnicities, language and classes.
We came to India to experience the culture. The colours, the food, the music, dancing, and to get an idea of what it means to be Indian. While in one sense we feel like we've achieved this and so much more, have we just been watching from behind the glass? As we walk past those who are poverty stricken and reside in the comfort and safety of our hotel rooms, will we really ever understand?
India is definitely not for the faint hearted, but we can't recommend it enough to those up for a challenge! Our emotions have been up and down, and of course there have been days when we've missed our home comforts and can't bare the thought of another sleeper train, but what an experience which has fully prepared us to take on the rest of the world together!
"Everyone in the world was Indian in at least one past life"