Monday, October 25, 2010

My first train ride and the ride home

After arriving in Delhi, it was time to go to Kolkata. This time instead of going by plane, we went by train. It was a 17 hour train ride!! Thank goodness we had gotten a bunk that had a power outlet and were able to charge our phones and the laptop. :) We spent the time watching movies and just talking. We had some rice with chicken (if I remember correctly...) with boiled vegetables. Also, we were given bottles of mineral water and tea. Well, you know, tea bags, not tea leaves, cuz those would just make a mess :P  We had toast and some egg omelet for breakfast.

I enjoyed being able to look out the windows and see the difference in the country side! Sometimes you could see lots of green and other times there was no green!

We arrived in Kolkata and got our bags and got off the train to go get a taxi. Well, we waited in the heat for a pre-paid taxi to our house. We were waiting for 1 1/2 hours in the oppressive heat and humidity. All around us taxi drivers were clamoring and wanting to pick up as many passengers as possible for the same fare! We decided instead of sharing with anyone else, to just wait and we got a taxi.

The ride home was insane! The traffic was still freaking me out at this time, and I thought all the drivers were nuts and that I was going to die (but as you can see, I'm still alive!)

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful way to begin to get to know each other's presence and be in each other's space...a 17 hour train ride! Wow! Your description of the tea bags and what you saw outside the window made me miss my train journeys in India so much. Hmmm.

    Glad you're still alive and well after so much riding in crazy traffic. I don't know why it didn't bother me so much when I was in New Delhi...maybe because I had heard so many crazy things about it that I was surprised it was not overwhelmingly terrible. Certainly an experience to be had, though. lol.