Delhi! And thanks to Delhi we finally have decent internet to write an update. For those who haven't yet been updated, Ville and I decided to take a belated 3 month honeymoon and head to India, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand (and not necessarily in that order).
We had a very eventful flight here: got a ride from Mom to Portland where we got to hang with Lisa, Sean, Braydon, Mom, Jordan and Reina. Our flight to Vancouver went off without a hitch and when we arrived in Vancouver, the pilot for our China Airlines flight drove the plane off the runway and got it stuck or something and they had to cancel our flight to Taiwan while flying a new plane over. We got put up in a very classy joint to sleep for a few hours and some food vouchers and back to the airport the next day for our flight to leave at 2:30pm (15 hours later). Thirteen hours later we arrived in Taipei, Taiwan for quick hour or so layover in a very empty airport and on to Bangkok where we arrived 2 am local time and over 37 hours of travel later!
Bangkok was a quick stop, an overnight in the airport, and we had a flight the next day to Kolkata, India. Kolkata was a trip. Even for these two travelers, we both agreed one of the craziest places we have been so far. Kolkata is like a rich, classy broad who has lost some screws and way past her prime, but still rocking some broke high heels with a cigarette hanging from her lips. The sheer number of people in India makes for a much smaller area of personal space and is taking a bit to get used to. The streets are absolutely maddening and a taxi ride is worse than a very rickety and cheap roller coaster. Lights mean nothing. streets have no grid, there are no lanes, everyone takes the right of way, and you just get ballsy and run for your life to cross. It's a rush!
And the food!! Dosas and curries. Naan and roti. We have been trying it all, all be it Ville got a bit of a stomach bug already and had a fever the last couple days and is finally on the mend. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So we hopped an early plane to Delhi this morning (was a zoo at the airport) and made it to a hostel here in a quieter part of town and are so relieved to get a hot shower, a room without mice and mosquitos, and hot AND running water! Oh boy!
K.G. & Ville
On a cruise ship, heading north up the west coast to Los Angeles.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” - Hunter S. Thompson
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