A list from our first week in India
04.02.2014 - 12.02.2014 31 °C
We've been thinking this afternoon about this little things which we've noticed since entering India with our backpacks. The things we don't go into detail about in our other blog posts because they could go on forever.
Here is our lists of memorable moments/thing to expect when backpacking India...
1. "Ricksaw?" "Ricksaw?!" "RICKSHAW?!!"
2. You will always pay more than the locals, and a hefty amount more than other travellers unless you are prepared to haggle!
3. Prepare to be begged by poor folk
4. Dan is covered in insect bites and Amiee has a heat rash that no amount of piriteze will budge
5. We have long lunches in shaded cafes every day to get out of the heat
6. Many of the beaches in religious towns are not for sunbathing - and there is a serious lack of swimming pools - prepare to fry.
7. You are treated like a celebrity by many adults and nearly all children. They shout HI, HOW ARE YOU?, WHAT IS YOUR NAME? and WHERE FROM? at every opportunity. And they scream the names of Bollywood actors you apparently look just like..
8. We have become experts of dodging out of the way of moving traffic.
9. Our feet are constantly black and no number of freezing cold showers makes us feel clean.
10. Amiee keeps getting very close to dreadlocks. It took her 1 hour tonight to get the knots out of her hair
11. When hanging our hand washed clothes out to dry - we found some spiders lurking within! And saw our first few wild snakes in Alleppey!
12. Indians will do anything to make some money - but they also respect a firm NO and someone who refuses to be ripped off.
13. They are also very impatient people - orderly queues do not exist. And you have to keep reminding yourself that Indians do not say thank you!
14. But once making eye contact - they give you the warmest of smiles
15. We are getting used to sharing our rooms with lizards
16. It is polite to take your shoes off when entering a home, shop or place of worship
17. We are no longer phased by the dogs, cats, goats and chickens roaming the street. Nor the sound of prayer at ungodly hours
18. Although all Indians' favourite sport is cricket, they know a surprising number of English football players and teams
19. Yesterday we chanced in for a place to stay for the first time since arriving. Although wondering around viewing rooms whilst carrying our heavy backpacks was really tiring in the heat, we had plenty of offers to choose from
20. After convincing ourselves we would go vegetarian for a while after arriving to avoid dodgy stomachs, it's been impossible to not try the freshly caught seafood!
We will see if any of these change as we head up north or as we learn more as travellers..