Finally Delhi - October 29th, 2001
I'm still alive and well. There was no problems with the flight.
No hijackings or scary incidents (Kuwait Airways seemed great
to me!) The flight from Kuwait to Delhi was a bit crowded though
and about 99% were Indian men. Apart from a British couple I was
the only other western girl, but it was no problem at all.
The flight was also a bit delayed. I had arranged to meet an
Indian girl, Sonal, at the airport. I met her through this website:
Since I was so delayed I had no clue where she would be and if
she was aware of the delay. Luckily I had her mobile and a kind
man working at the airport gave me a few coins to make a phonecall.
Sonal answered straight away (puh) and told me to stay put. She
would be on her way in a few minutes. In the meantime I waited
outside the main entrance where I became the object of desire
among the millino of taxi drivers looking for passengers. It was
all a bit overwhelming, but I tried to retain my calm by looking
a lot at my shoes! After about 30 minutes Sonal and her boyfriend
(Apu) came. Ii was pretty relifed then or actually extremely is
a better description!
Finally in the car we headed towards Delhi and to Sonal's flat
in South Extention. We were all very tired (my flight came in
very early in the morning), so when we arrived at the flat we
all collapsed on various sofas and beds. By the way, Sonal was
very nice, funny and friendly, so I was so happy to meet someone
like that when I arrived. I think it eased the normal shock people
get the first time they arrive in India.
Around noon Sonal took me to a really nice restaurant, where
we met up with some friends of her and had a great lunch! I also
met Sally there, a British girl who I have mailed a few times
and met up with in London. She had arrived a couple of days earlier.
We are planning to travel together for a bit.
Later in the day we went to an open air handicraft market (Dilli
Hat), where we wandered around for a while. In the evening Sonal
dropped Sally and me off at a friend's house. His name is Peter,
he is Australian and works in Sonal's office. Because Sonal have
her whole family visiting, both Sally and me will stay in his
house for a few days.
Today, Fritz, Peter's driver took us to Old Delhi (I know this
sounds all a bit luxurious, but we were very happy that he would
actually offer to drive us). Old Delhi was pretty mad. We saw
the Red Fort from a distance and the Friday Mosque, but we didn't
go in as we just wanted to have a look around and things was a
A really keen rickshaw driver kept pestering us about going on
his rickshaw and eventually he also started nagging about his
shop (of course!) It was almost impossible to get rid of him,
so we decided to come with him to the shop, just so he could leave
us alone, which he then did (of course we didn't buy anything
;). Then we walked for hours (it felt like it anyway) towards
Phahar Ganj. This is where we are now and this is also definitly
the travellers hangout. Well, I think I'll be off now , I need
to find something cold to drink before I evaporate! It is hot
and knackering to walk in this city. So bye for now...