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!ncredible, India

Inspiring or Frustrating?

sunny 102 °F

“!ncredible India” -- is the current tourist bureau slogan… and oh how true it is. We only went through a very small portion of India but we were shocked how one minute it would inspire and amaze us, but then frustrate and annoy us the next. We met travelers who said they would never go back and others that couldn’t get enough. We learned a lot about patience and tried to smile our way through, but it wasn’t always easy. For example, it was common for a rickshaw driver to pretend that he understood where we wanted to go (so he could secure our business), or how everyone working at the bus station would have a different idea of when our bus would depart. When the reality was that neither the rickshaw driver or the people at the bus station had any clue as to where we wanted to go or what time the bus departed. Then add on the fact that it’s hotter than hell and that at some point (even if you are extremely careful) the food will probably make you ill. Yet, amidst all this frustration, there are local folks who were so happy to help us or simply meet us that they gave us the most genuine handshakes and greetings. The food was a vegetarian’s paradise, and we met hardworking bicycle rickshaw drivers who would pedal us both (probably four times their own weight) around the city in the draining heat.

Being constantly accosted made India a tough place to discern the genuinely kind people from those who were trying to trick us. Because of this, we had to always be on guard and be skeptical of anyone who approached us, or offered to help. Unfortunately because of this, we may have turned down some genuine people… but fortunately good prevailed and we met and learned from some of the nicest locals about their culture, religion and we were most impressed with how they keep their families under a single roof (including grown children, and grandparents). Thank you India for pushing our boundaries and testing our limits…
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Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 02:52 Archived in India

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Nice summary overview, sensitive, yet not pollyanna-ish!

by Harry Strharsky

I think your incredibly kind and happy demeanor helped you persevere! :)

by Megan D

I couldn't agree more. So glad you enjoyed India too!

by Claire

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