So-far I've seen six people in the back of one. I can tell you it gets cramped with three. I've been told that things get even more hectic the further north you go. Just imagine what Delhi will be like ... I will keep you informed ...
And so my Indian journey has begun, in Chennai. I can only describe my first couple of days in the city as a flood to the senses, while I am in a jet-lagged haze. And I think i like it, my first impressions being:
- Best walk on the road, not the pavements. Pavements are used for sleeping/selling/cooking/pissing/cows/blah/blah/blah.
- Horn after horn after horn. You should also take note as your always walking on the road ...beeeeeep...
- The Rivers - gas mask required for your evening stroll. Then again, I think I'll pass on the stroll
- Eating with your right hand ... and only your right hand
- Not being able to find toilet paper in the neighborhood - note point 4 (must visit somewhere more upmarket!)
- Various curried stuff for breakfast (lunch and dinner)
- The smell of various spices and curried stuff. Strange how this disappears into the background after a day (ingest point 6!)
- Chai and more chai !
- How friendly everyone is. Even the beggars are up to having a laugh and a smile
- A rolling of the head to mean yes...
- Its hot. Really hot.
I asked allot of people about their travel tips before I left. I liked Paul's 'Don't tell people you have a blog so you can take the piss'.
So I have to tell you about this guy I met last night called Wayne. Wayne's from London's east end, which is not that far from essex really. Waynes got allot to say for himself and he likes to make himself understood, which would be really interesting (and helpful) if he could actually use grammar when appropriate;
Taxi-Wallah: "Hello, how are you Sir, where would you like to go ?"
Wayne: "I wayne. I fine. I want go Triplicane. You take ?"
Great so we got there, but then it goes on:
Tim: "So have you done much traveling then ?"
Wayne: "Yes. I use have wife in thailand. I lived there too. Only divorced now. Thailand special place, you must go."
And it goes on all day. We're going to travel to Mamallapuram tomorrow and I am beginning to wonder just how far my english will degenerate in response. If I end up speaking like that by the time I am in Thailand, please send someone to gag me.
Now that I've got that out, I am relieved that there are some 10,700,000 pages returned when you google Tim Morgan. Lets just hope that our Wayne does not get lucky.