miles and smiles…

30 Oct

It’s been just twenty four hours but feels like half a lifetime. Landing in Delhi last night? It’s true but so much has happened since. Lets just start with the ride from the airport. In the US we paint lines on the highway denoting lanes. In India they do too. Except in India, it seems, nobody noticed. They drive this way and that way and this way and that way. Going past you, and coming at you! Just imagine taking all the lanes on the southeast expressway and scrambling them. You get the idea. And after the plane and the taxi to the hotel, we were ready for sleep, or at least sedation.

Up at dawn to the smoky haze hanging over Delhi…it’s to keep the bugs away. Uh huh. They do it on purpose. And on to our first real stop in India. Jaisalmer. The golden city. But getting there has been so spectacular! Since this morning we have been on the road through villages and towns in western Rajasthan and we have been immersed in the biggest smiles from the friendliest people we have ever met. Incredible India? You bet. Each one, young, old, men, women, welcomed us to their part of the pavement or storefront, or village corner with open arms and wide hearts. You can see by the photos that the villagers are full of life and laughter. They are also eager to have their picture taken. What a surprise! After I take their picture, they want to see it in the digital screen. They more picture I take, the more come over for their portrait. Marci has also drawn quite a crowd with her blond hair. It’s clear that they are as curious about us as we are about them.

We hurtled down the one and a half lane highway just missing bicycles, oncoming trucks and an overabundance of India’s favorite sacred farm animal…the cow. So many cows!

We arrive at Jaisalmer just before dinner. After getting showered and changed Mindy, Roger, Marci and I have dinner of a variety of Indian dishes which we wash down with warm gin. Warm gin you say?! Well, ice cubes are the big no no. They’re made of tap water. We also have a bottle of Indian red wine which is a surprisingly good blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Franc.

Tomorrow we’re off to the desert dunes atop camels!

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3 Responses to “miles and smiles…”

  1. isabelforrest October 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    my new activity is to wait daily for your wonderful posts-keepmthem comingt and have fun!Love you………

  2. richard cohen October 31, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    Well Michael and Maeci You sure are making the most of it, Interesting pictures.
    Please include you in some of the pictures.

    Nice dialogue Miss you already
    Love and kisses
    Dad and MJ

  3. Cheshta and Sudas October 31, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Well, what a great way for us to start today, to wake up and read your post. We hope you get a high speed rickshaw ride down from the top of the fort through the gates into the town of Jaisalmer. It was an Indiana Jones moment for us. Make sure all 4 of you get in the rickshaw, and one of you rides up front with the walla! Tally ho!

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