Scary bus trip! - Monday, December 10, 2001
It looks like Im going to settle in Delhi soon. I have been
spending a LOT of time here, but it is good to have a place where
I know some people and can relax a bit. India can be very hectic
to travel in, especially as a girl on my own.
Anyway, I was supposed to stay much longer in Dharamshala, but
it just got too cold for me, I mean I normally live in a really
cold country, so why put myself through another winter if I don't
have to. However Dharamshala is a great place and I am very glad
I went up there. I stayed there for about a week, did the cooking
class that I mentioned, so now I can make Samosa, Pakora and Malai
I spendt quite a lot of my time in McLeod with Caroline and Matthew
(the Canadians). They were cool. We even travelled back to Delhi
on the same bus, which by the way was a complete disaster. We
asked specifically to NOT get the back seats when we booked the
tickets and guess what? We got the back seats.
It is the worst place, because it leaves you flying up in the
air at every tiny bump and if this wasn't enough the seats were
broken and tilted slightly downwards, so to prevent sliding down
on the floor we had to press our legs towards to foot rests constantly.
(Not very comfortable).
Halfway down the steep and windy road from McLeod, in a very
sharp and steep turn a big truck had broken down and the bus almost
rammed into the truck. Then it tried to back up many times, but
it was too steep and it just didn't move an inch. It was quite
scary being onboard the bus while it tried to back up, because
it felt like it would just fall more towards the truck and the
edge of the road for every failed attempt. After a while a lot
of us in the bus started to suggest that maybe it would be a good
idea if we got out of the bus??? (a pretty obvious idea if you
So eventually they let us off and after a lot of hustle and bustle
by a lot of people they managed to reverse the bus and get it
through the turn. I didn't really feel like continuing the journey
after this, but what choice did I have? Somehow I am glad it was
dark outside so I couldn't see all the crazy overtakings and steep
roadsides. Thankfully after about 12 hours we reached Delhi in
one piece and I made a promise to myself that unless completely
necessary I will not ever take a bus in India again!
(phew)....ok enough about that trip. Im planning to head down
to Madras in some days and I will write more then, not much eventful
things happening here in Delhi. Im mostly meeting my friends and
doing pretty everyday stuff; like reading, watching some TV, going
to Cafes etc...
Oh, actually I went and saw a new Indian film the other day :
"Monsoon Wedding", it was shot in Delhi. It's about
a traditional middle-class Punjabi wedding. A very good film,
very contemporary too. If it comes out anywhere else you should
go see it.
It is actually the wedding season in India now, according to
the way the stars are located this month it is a very auspicious
time for weddings, so everywhere you go, you can see people decorating
for weddings. Most Indian weddings lasts for many days!! They
seem quite fun :)