Gautam Buddha Nagar

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  • Day121

    Delhi (Noida), India

    October 5, 2015 in India ⋅ 🌙 34 °C

    Four months in India and the words to describe the experience elude me. Ending in Delhi with a friend to get a dose of what it is like to work like a real person and enjoy a pleasant routine -- he did the former, I did the latter (and watched Planet Earth documentaries and Friends for two afternoons in a row). Huge thanks to Ashish for the immaculate hospitality and being a proper tour guide through Red Fort and the Moslem quarter. Glad I managed to get such great shots of you to post. Next stop, Nepal.Read more

  • Day3

    Auf dem Weg nach Agra

    April 10, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Heute morgen gibt es wieder ein leckeres Frühstück. Anscheinend sind wir recht genügsame Gäste, da unser Kellner mindestens 3* nachfragt, ob ich nicht doch noch mehr bestellen möchte, als mein hartgekochtes Ei, frische Früchte und Backwaren. Leider unterläuft der Küche ein Fehler und meine Eier (es wurden dann doch 2 gebracht) sind noch flüssig, lediglich ein kleiner Rand ist gekocht. Für mich nicht weiter tragisch, es gibt ja genügend anderes leckeres zu Essen. Allerdings überschlagen sich die Kellner schier vor Eifer, als sie bemerken, dass ich meine Eier nicht gegessen habe. Letztendlich bestelle ich dann nochmal einen Kaffee, damit sie mir wenigstens noch etwas bringen dürfen.

    Nach dem Auschecken geht es dann weiter mit unserem Fahrer. Surender ist sehr nett und fährt ausgezeichnet. Auch wenn wir gestern schon eine Berührung mit einem anderen Auto hatten. Im engen Stadtverkehr hat ein Auto versucht sich zwischen uns und unserem Nachbarn hindurchzuquetschen. Da dafür allerdings nicht genug Platz war, knirschte es kurz und der Spiegel des anderen klappte ein (unser Auto war das deutlich größere). Erstaunlich, wie gelassen die Inder so etwas nehmen. Unser Fahrer ließ die Seitenscheibe herunter, schimpfte ein wenig, der andere Fahrer schimpfte deutlich kleinlauterer durch seine Seitenscheibe zu uns herüber und weiter ging es. Nicht einmal ausgestiegen sind die beiden.

    Unsere nächste Station ist Agra. Auf einem Highway verlassen wir Delhi und fahren mit etwa 80 kmh Richtung Agra. Hier ist deutlich weniger Verkehr und Verkehrschaos, was für unser westliches Empfinden sehr entspannend ist.

    Auf dem Weg nach Agra sehen wir viele Kornfelder. Mal groß, mal klein. Häufig werden die Felder völlig ohne Maschinen bewirtschaftet. Ein paar Mal sehen wir kleinere Traktoren, ganz selten kommen Vollernter zum Einsatz. Zwischen den Feldern recken sich immer wieder Schlöte gen Himmel. Rum um diese Schlöte sind eine Art Ziegelsteine aufgeschlichtet. Teilweise wird neben diesen Schlöten auch reihenweise Boden abgestochen. Daher vermuten wir dass es sich um eine Art Lehmboden handelt und hier Ziegelsteine gebrannt werden. Zwischen den Feldern finden sich immer wieder mal kleinere Ansammlungen von Hütten/Häusern.
    Insgesamt haben wir den Eindruck eines kargen und hartem Leben. Wenn man jetzt gedanklich auch noch berücksichtigt, dass wir uns im Umland der Hauptstadt Delhi befinden, frage ich mich​, wie das Leben der einfachen Bevölkerung in den entlegeneren ländlicheren Landesteilen aussieht.
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  • Day5

    Day 5: Bharatpur

    November 24, 2016 in India ⋅ 🌫 59 °F

    I went to sleep at 9 PM hoping for a better sleep, but woke up at 12:30 AM and unable to fall back to sleep. It's going to be a long day for me.

    The palace hotel is not a 5 star hotel, but it's very charming. The decorations in the hotel restaurant is astounding!

    The main attraction today is the bird sanctuary, and according to everyone, now is the best time to visit since many kinds of migratory birds come to this park around this time.

    We hired two rickshaws and a naturist guide, so we can cover more grounds in this huge park with an expert. The wonderful thing about this naturist is that even though he has been doing this job for more than 20 years, he was still super excited to spot the birds and show us the best parts of the park.

    The most amazing thing we saw was that in one area, there were 3 or 4 trees that covered with almost 100 beautiful birds. Not sure what they are called, but they are big and colorful, with black, white and pink feathers. There were many baby birds on the trees, and they were being fed by their mothers, which got our guide extremely excited.

    We can easily spend many hours here, but guess what, we only had cash for 3 hours, in order to pay for the drivers of the rickshaws and the guide. After paying them, I only have about 400 rupees (about $8) left in my wallet, and we still have 4 more days here. I hope we can use credit cards from now on since we will be in a more developed area for the Olympic competition, otherwise, we are in deep trouble!

    On the way to our final hotel, we met one of the worst traffic jams I had ever seen! We spent about 30 minutes to drive 100 meters! By the way, I saw a bike carry 5 people today! A boy about 3 years old, his father the driver, his grandmother, his mother and his baby sister who was in his mother's arms.

    Tomorrow Evan and Kyran will spend all day practice.
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  • Day6

    Day 6: World Robotic Olympic - Practice

    November 25, 2016 in India ⋅ 🌫 59 °F

    Many other countries' teams are staying at our hotel, so we saw lots of them at breakfast. The German team already got their game faces on, looking serious and ready to battle. The Philippine team ate all the white rice at the buffet table, and a guy insisted that Evan take a picture with two Philippine girls. LOL!

    Once we got to the Expo center, we saw many more International teams. So happy to see the Syria teams made it. They were happy when I asked a photo of them, but did refuse my American flag pins. :(

    Many other countries were happy to receive them and exchange their trinkets with me. Although a guy from the South Africa team expressed his disappointment about us electing Trump.

    I wish I could report that the practice went well but I can't. The software in the robot malfunctioned and was running an older program. Not knowing about this, Evan and Kyran spent all day fixing the new program, but the robot was not running it. We were so confused as why the robot didn't perform any of the changes, and we didn't discover this issue until it was time for us to leave. Basically, the two boys wasted all day and didn't accomplish anything.

    However, there is still time tomorrow for them to make some fixes after they finish assembling the robot during the game. We have confidence in our boys to do a good job.

    Fingers crossed! Wish us good luck!
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  • Day7

    Day 7: World Robotic Olympic-Game Day 1

    November 26, 2016 in India ⋅ 🌫 64 °F

    New flash!! Evan and Kyran have made through to the finals tomorrow!! Woohoo! I guess bad rehearsal does make a good opening day!! After yesterday's disastrous practice day, I kind lost hope a bit. But guess what? They did amazingly during the actual game day! The boys are so relieved and excited!

    Sadly the other American teams didn't make it, which means the Awesome Blockies is the only team representing USA in the Olympic now.

    I always told the boys that the fact we are here means we have already won; but now we are going to the finals, my hope has gone up! It's so nice that all the hard work has paid off for them!

    They will be facing very strong competitions tomorrow (Russian, Chinese, German, South Korean, South African, Japan and some other teams are all through) with extremely strict single elimination rounds, meaning they only have one try to score perfect points in the shortest time. A lot of times, it comes down to luck. So please send us your good wishes again!

    The coolest thing about coming to Olympic is to meet people from other countries. Check out this awesome photo of Team USA and Team Iran! When the Iranians saw us taking a group photo, they said they wanted to join us. Of course we happily agreed. It doesn't matter how much our governments don't get along, we know we can be friends!

    The boys then walked around the hall and tried to talk to people from the all over the world, to exchange our American Flag pins with their trinkets. Check out all the stuff Evan scored from other countries !

    What an amazing experience it has been for all of us so far!

    Go USA!
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  • Day8

    Day 8: World Robotic Olympic-Game Day 2

    November 27, 2016 in India ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    Well, the boys' luck has run out today. They didn't get any medals, however, neither was any of the teams assigned to Table A. What happened was that after the practice runs, the judge cleaned the table using the cleaning spray, and may have failed to wipe away the wetness right by the starting point for the robot. Almost all the robots on the table have slipped, and went crazy on the table! The only robot didn't slip was the Japanese one, since that robot was super slow, somehow survived the wetness. All the teams protested, and called the Head Judge over. He looked at the table and said it was fine. Of course by the time he got there, the spot was no longer wet.

    The Olympic committee members had an emergency meeting and decided not to give the teams assigned to this table another run because one robot was ok, they didn't think it would be fair to them if we redo the match. We are all very disappointed about the decision but there was nothing we could do about it. 😢

    The bright side of the incident is that the boys now have the chance to walk around and really check out the whole Olympic game, since there are other categories:

    At the high school level, there are robot bowling and robot soccer matches. Then there is Open category. The kids from many countries brought their idea about recycling and environmental protection. The theme of this robot competition is Rap the Scraps. There are some really amazing displays here. One team's robot machine can convert used cooking oil to soaps; one team's robot machine can clean beaches automatically; the robot machine from Iran can go under water and clean the bottom of the ocean!

    As the boys walking around and exchanging trinkets with other teams, some of the asked for photos. As I was getting ready to take the photo, kids from other countries would walk by, and I told them to get in, and then more walked by and joined in. Check out the photo which has kids from 7 or 8 countries! Ghana, China, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, South Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Malaysia and of course, USA!

    Happy to say that our American Flag pins are very popular at the event. People would come and ask for them. The Syrian team are happy to see us today, and asked for photos with the boys. Evan gave them a huge handful of the American Flag pins! Iran team gave Evan and Kyran some nice chocolates, and happily took some photos with us.

    Needless to say, this is the true highlight of the event. Meeting people from so many different countries, and making new friends!

    What an amazing experience for us!
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