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Jul 19th, 2009, 11:45 AM
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Very good beginning logos.................

I realize - we missed the Delhi potholes as well as power cuts. None when we were there in late May

Hopefully you continue soon..........

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Jul 19th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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I'll continue soon . There are still so many images in my mind.
Protesters blocked the roads in the southern suburbs because of the lack of energy. No power, no drinking water because the pumps were not working. Without water, even those frioendly indians can become very nasty.
I took the train.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 04:45 PM
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Well, yes, there was breakfast the next morning. I woke up at about 1am from construction noise about 3 meters from my room. Just had to pull back the curtain. So I went to ask the guys at reception, "sure there's construction 24/7" since during nighttime it's not as hot, they did most of the work at night. So I went to the lobby, talking to the night time receptionist. He was a nice guy, so we talked for quite a while. About 5am the noise seem to die down, I went back to the room setting my mobile to wake me up at 8am for breakfast. At 8am, woke up getting dressed for breakfast to be served at the roof on 5th floor. Hot and sweaty outside. The coice was limited, howewer boiled eggs (boiled to a point where there was this black rim arount the yolk, very black indeed , nescafe and bananas and toast waited for me. seemed o.k., not having gotten much sleep, I went outside. Crossing the bridge entering the subway. By the way, I stayed at "Grand Goodwin". Not that grand, but I survived it.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 04:57 PM
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The subway is only for the strong people. My elbows did most of the work. Whenever you want to exit the train there are a bunch of people that want to push you back inside. Since I'm tall (and western) they didn't have a chance, kept my elbows up and whoever pushed had to feel them in his face. It worked very well and they didn't dare to complain. Close to the fort, I found a McD with 2 dutch guys looking rather lost, telling me the fort was closed today, so they heard. They were looking for the rich parts of town,. Obviously there weren't any wealthy people in town and the fort was closed today. I went back to the subway, exploring.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 05:14 PM
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The subway was kind of cool too, because it was a staring contest. I believe, I'm good at staring back, so it actually was real fun. They get scared when you stare back . I went everywhere including the museum of natural history that day. I was looking for bottled water and packaged food. Water wasn't a problem, but since there were no supermarkets selling packaged food I thought the next days may be trouble. I needed to find a place to buy packaged cookies or soup. I didn't want to risk eating food from any of the street ventors.
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Jul 22nd, 2009, 04:50 AM
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excellent installments

- you should have become night active in order to cope not only with the construction work;-)

- now that you used the subway the locals have learned: Never ever mess with Westerners! They are not just financially potential ;-)

- food was a problem for me as well despite being taken care of by lodges/camps/hotels. I simply can't stand the spices. Hot once is not a problem..............the curcuma, coriander sort of thing doesn't appeal to me. I lost some
kilos while traveling India which was a nice side effect.
The nescafe and egg - that's even worse.

Waiting for more.............especially regarding the night activities

Did you have a chance to visit the huge market next to the huge mosque????

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