We are here!
And it's SCARY! The flight was perfectly fine, and Dan and I were still talking by the end of it, although we left somewhat dissapointed with the general attractiveness of the cabin crew. I thought they had to be pretty...apparently not! And they barely do anything anymore. They have a video to do the safety briefing that I recall with such fondness...flights are not what they used to be!
Anyway, eight and a half hours later,we land and initially things look a little shabby - the airport is falling apart, wires falling from the eiling, and not just one or two. Cascades. It's not right. I think it was refurbishment - Dan is not so sure!
Everything else goes smoothly though and we get into our TAxi to the 'hotel' witrh another British couple. The roads here are actually mental. Any thoughts we may have had to renting a car were shattered in seconds. The horn is frequently honked, and games played on the road seem to include: how many vehicles can we get in one lane, how many kids can we fit on our moped, and do we really need to stop at this red light???? We got to the end of the trip, and had to borrow money off our new best friends who shared the taxi, for a tip. Good start!!
Arrival at the hotel allayed all our fears though. The old man on reception was very useful, and a small boy showed us to our cell .....room....whatever. He warned us about the inevitable harassment, and he was not wrong! We went to book train tickets for our next leg to Ramnagar, and it took about six attempts to get to where we wanted to go, previous ones being scuppered due to our lack of determination and fear of upsetting anyone - despite the fact they were clearly not the right people to talk to.
But its done. We have today and tomorrow in Delhi, with a tour of New Delhi hopefully from the Hotel...which is nice! The fear is slowly subsiding, and I think once we begin to embrace the fact it is what it is and be a little less British, we will have a ball!