India 2004 Part 12


Today we arrived in Delhi at about 6:30 a.m. The bus made a pit stop at about 4 a.m. Tenzin and I ate this grape tasting candy that crackles in your mouth. It reminded me of pop rocks. After we got off the bus we rode in a little rickshaw to the inn.

Later that day we went to the Tibetan settlement in Delhi to see if there are any shops to buy things in. We took a man drawn carriage. The poor guy only asked for 20 rupees. The poor guy carried the three of us, he looked like he was going to die. So we told him to keep the change when we gave him 50 rupees instead of 20. The rest of the day was uneventful for us. Anyway I plan to go to sleep now because we plan to leave around 3:30 a.m. tomorrow for the airport.

In the end I didn’t write much about our last day as it was probably hectic. Although I do wonder why I didn’t write on our long plane ride back to America. The guy who gave us a ride on the bicycle has remained in my mind for a long time, how hard it must have been to bicycle three people in the Delhi heat, why we couldn’t have taken two bikes has three adults? I guess I wonder if it was too much at that time now.

The thing that the bike ride reminds me of is how many foreigners when traveling are always trying to get a deal from the locals. Are foreigners sometimes overcharged when shopping or using services in foreign countries? Yes. But sometimes the amount that it equates to really isn’t much more, and for most foreigners traveling they can easily afford that jacked up price. It is one thing to ask for the same price if you see what it is supposed to be, it’s another to try and bargain it down below the local price. For me I ask the price, if I think it is too much I shop around, if I need help I ask a friend if they are around. But I don’t need a bargain, just tell me the price and I will pay it.

Currently my journal sits back in my parents house and being able to go through it whenever I am home is a nice journey back to this trip. It makes me long for simpler times in high school and it makes me realize how much fun I had on that trip with my friend, Tenzin. We live far apart now, but we have many good memories together.

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