OK, so I am seriously behind in my writing for my travel blog, but there’s a reason… net access has been a bit flakey since Bangkok, and it wasn’t even that good there… :o(! So, what have I been up to, well here’s the list of things that I have seen and done and would like to write about, and will followup on as I continue to type….
Bangkok and my adventure at The Peninsula Hotel where my totally computerized room freaked out. I also got clothes made (what a deal) and saw the Golden Buddha, Reclining Buddha and Emerald Buddha….
On to Delhi India where I met my mom and spent two days at the Imperial Hotel before going off on a tour of Rajasthan, seeing Udiapur, Jaipur, then on to Agra, Jhansi, Orccha and Khajuraho. All of this I will write about in more detail, but some of the highlights are the old city in Delhi (Chadni Chowk), staying that the Lake Palace (where they filmed Octopussy, the Bond film), shopping in Jaipur, the Taj Mahal (amazing)…. and then the adventure started with a train ride, a drive (with a flat tire) on a national highway (more like a one lane road that is in *really* bad shape) and the Kama Sutra carvings on the temples at Khajuraho…. Oh, and let’s not forget the food, man the food… :o)! One other things that will have to be discussed at length is the airport security in India. It makes the US look like we don’t check, but then again, these guys do it so many times, but so poorly that I still don’t think it really makes that much of a difference other than to make every flight at least 30 minutes late due to loading the plane….
Ok, so as I said, I will write more about that later (most likely later today), but in the mean time, today is Republic Day in India and they are having this parade going down the main boulevard here in Delhi, attended by all the leaders, etc. It is quite a spectacle with more pomp and circumstance than you have ever seen… the soldiers marching in this high-stepping stride swinging their arms and all the military machinery. Very interesting, not only for the parade, but for what the parade has done to security in the city… armed military personnel everywhere with street closures and all of the other high security trappings