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  • Day207

    O Canada!

    March 23 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Our visit to Delhi turned into a lovely break from travelling. We stayed in “mini-Canada”, thanks to our friends Staci and Dan at the Canadian High Commission. We left India behind for a couple of days, to drink coffee and gin & tonic, eat steak, burgers, butter tarts, and jump on a trampoline, play in the pool, and enjoy the company of a really fun Canadian family. Our actual exploration of Delhi was a bit limited, but I think it was worth it to recharge our batteries after a fun but intense time in India. Now onto Nepal - it is feeling like the final stretch of our travels has begun...Read more

  • Day16

    An Interesting Day

    January 30 in India ⋅ 🌫 10 °C

    Another nearby breakfast of roti and tea before heading out into the city again. First stop was just nearby, the Qutb Minar archaeological site. The main attraction here is the world's tallest stone minaret, topping out at just over 70 metres! It's very impressively designed as well, and located in a complex with a few ruined mosques, tombs and other buildings. Although it had been fairly quiet when we arrived at about 9am, it steadily filled up and by the time we left at 11 it was getting quite crowded. Fairly typical for a place in India! It's like constantly being at the Easter Show or something.

    Next stop we headed over to India Gate, a massive Arc de Triomphe style archway that commemorates the Indian dead from WW1, WW2 and other campaigns. Lots of Indian tourists about but not many Westerners. Huge numbers of people selling crap too, toys and photographs and the like - again mostly aimed at locals. I reckon it was probably a 50/50 split between people selling and people there to see the monument!

    From here we headed to Connaught Place, the centre of New Delhi designed by the British in the 19th century. There's a bunch of old white colonnaded colonial-style buildings around a multi-acre roundabout, laid out in very much a Parisian style. As it was lunchtime, we found a place that apparently did decent food and seemed busy so wandered in. We both had a thali which is basically a mixed curry plate - three small serves of curries, rice and naan. Very tasty!

    We felt like finding a coffee place and having a sit down to relax, and so we stood around near the exit of the metro station trying to find an option on our phone. As we were looking at our phones, a guy approached offering to clean my shoes; I said no and waved him away without even looking up since I was pretty used to constantly being pestered. Then he said "but sir, look!" I glance down, and lo and behold there's a huge dollop of wet cow shit on the top of my right shoe!

    It immediately clicked what had happened - he had squirted it there without me noticing, and would then expect a "tip" for cleaning it off! I shouted no and told him to F off, turning around and taking my shoe off. Shandos and I (okay mostly Shandos) cleaned the shoe off over the next 10 minutes with tissues and water we had to hand. The shit culprit had disappeared almost immediately which was lucky for him; as we were standing there cleaning it I was getting angrier and angrier and probably would have gotten physical if he'd come back. He was an older guy and pretty scrawny as I remember.

    Eventually we got 95% of the shit cleaned off. Both a little shaken, we decided to just head straight for the nearby metro and head home where we spent the late afternoon relaxing in our room. I did some more reading and apparently the shoe-shit scam is quite common in that area of Delhi - an article in the Guardian written in 2010 said he'd had it happen four times in the same area, even after living in Delhi for years! Apparently it goes back as far as the 60s. I've heard of similar scams involving mustard on jackets and fake bird shit, but those are often precursors to getting pickpocketed. At least it made me feel a bit better - we didn't lose anything more than 10 minutes of our time, and that even westerners who've lived here for a couple of years can fall victim to it.

    For dinner we headed out to an odd place nearby, a sort of hipster arts collective in a compound with galleries and multiple western-style cafes. We went in a couple of cafes, and both of them could've been anywhere in a first world country, although the prices were about halfway between Western and typical Indian. Quite an odd feeling, though I guess these places will keep on popping up. Although there's a lot of poverty here in India, there's a colossal middle class as well that's only going to keep on growing. Moving on tomorrow!
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  • Day30

    New Delhi, India/Taco Bell

    January 22, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 68 °F

    After Agra, our last stop of the Golden Triangle was New Delhi. Unfortunately we didn't get to see very much since security was escalated for Republic Day that week and our flight left the next morning.

    We made the best of it by finding one of the few Taco Bells located in India. It was quite different from the ones at home: beer, tequila, chicken fingers, and hotter fire sauce but no beef. It was marketed as more of an upscale restaurant but still satisfied our Taco Bell craving after a few weeks traveling outside the US.Read more

  • Day6

    Non tour day

    October 2, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Started the day with a yoga class by the pool. A leisurely breakfast before heading out to find nearly everything closed because of Mahatma Gandhi public holiday. Had an inspirational talk about his life by a local expert. Q&A bit especially enlightening. Afternoon was a public Kryon session with people flying in from all over the country. Great opportunity to interact with many of them. Photos are of local sights and some photos taken by others.Read more

  • Day5

    Akshardham and Gurdwara

    October 1, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Change of program due to festival celebrations with crowds and security making first photo as close as we could get to Akshardham where even water bottles and umbrellas not allowed. Gurdwaa Mata Sundric a great replacement site very peaceful. Also meant back an hour early so time for a swim before heading out to dinner.Read more

  • Day315

    Delhi, where our journey ends

    July 10, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    There is the ‘Delhi Gate’ in between New Delhi and Old Delhi, but the cities merged and blurred into each other. The contrasts we encountered between poor and rich, between messy and neat, between dirty and clean, between shocking and acceptable, between noisy and calm, between sordid and modern, and so on, were so sharp that they became indescribable for us. You need to see it, hear it, smell it, feel it. This incredible city is predicted to become the largest metropolitan on earth in 2030, with almost 40(!) million people living there, in a single city, that’s half the German population! We’ll not try to write about what we experienced there, our three days there were intense whereat the unbearable heat and humidity were just side effects.

    Delhi is surely not the right place to reflect our journey of more than 10 months, 12440km on the roads, 125 nights in our beloved tent - although we tried to find words while we enjoyed a combination of our most beloved Indian dishes in a quiet rooftop restaurant above the bustling main bazaar. Time is flying fast, but traveling should never be about quickness.

    Therefore, we find it suitable what Tim Winton once wrote about long-distance cyclists:
    ‘When I see cyclists grinding away at the roadside, their swags and billies strapped behind them as they pump and shine along the highway’s perilous edge, I find myself embarrassed to be moving so fast. We’re each traveling through the same landscape, these mad bastards and I, but surely their experience is deeper, more authentic. They must absorb things I miss entirely.’

    We absorbed a lot and we’re very thankful that we could take the chance to discover the world by bicycle for such a long time. We’re thankful that our circumstances of life allowed us to do so, for many many people on earth this is unthinkable or impossible. We’re thankful for so much humanity, we’re thankful to the fascinating and inspiring people and fellows we met everywhere, we’re thankful to the welcoming countries we could visit and we’re thankful to the wonders that nature has created.

    Now, we’re looking forward to come home, to spend time with our families and friends and to whatever the future may bring. So far, we know that Silke is going to look for a job in northern Germany (and suffer from wanderlust soon) and that Hauke is going to continue cycling for a while (he left his bike and most luggage in Delhi).

    See you soon!

    Silke & Hauke
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  • Day210

    New Delhi

    December 2, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 54 °F

    Our last 4 days in India were spent seeing some sights in Delhi, getting our teeth cleaned (masala chai stains, yo!), and getting our laundry cleaned and bags in order for the next part of our trip to South America and Antarctica.
    Delhi is a huge city with incredible history and culture as well as many comforts that make traveling easy. However, the air quality is the worst we have ever seen anywhere in the world. When it hurts to breathe, your eyes are watering and city authorities suggest you do not go outside, you are not encouraged or motivated to spend anytime exploring what the city has to offer.Read more

  • Day2

    Hotel im Krisengebiet? Abzocke Teil zwei

    March 30 in India ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Raus aus der Metro und voller guter Vorsätze machen wir uns zu Fuss auf den Weg zum Hotel. Einmal den Bahnhof queren und dann nur 400 Meter die Strasse runter. Von wegen.
    Nachdem wir das erste Dutzend Rikscha- und TukTuk-Fahrer abgewimmelt haben stehen wir vor vielen „Durchgang verboten“-Schildern. Blöderweise halten wir uns daran, während einige der Inder trotzdem durchlaufen. Beim Umdrehen werden wir von „Touristen-Helfern“ angequatscht und uns wird folgender Bären aufgebunden:
    Unser Hotel läge in einem Stadtteil mit hohem Anteil an Pakistani. Und da Pakistan und Indien sich gerade mit Kriegsdrohungen überhäufen (darum durften wir auch nicht über Pakistan hinweg fliegen sondern nur drumrum) kam es in den letzten Tagen zu schweren Krawallen und Ausschreitungen dort. Wenn wir zum Hotel wollten müssten wir bei der Touristeninformation TDDTC ein Permit holen und wir würden dann sicher zum Hotel gebracht.
    Nach kurzem Beraten lassen wir uns darauf ein (der Mann war nett und der Tipp kostenlos!). Von einem TukTuk werden wir zur TDDTC gefahren. Dort sitzt ein netter Herr, hört uns zu, erklärt die Situation und ruft sogar für uns im Hotel an um sich nach der Situation zu erkundigen. Alles scheint ruhig zu sein, der TukTuk-Fahrer bringt uns zum Hotel.
    So weit war dann alles in Ordnung und wir beruhigt. Hinterher haben wir erfahren, dass dies eine bekannte Betrugsmasche ist.
    Der Touristen-Helfer, der TukTuk-Fahrer und die vermeintliche Touristen-Information arbeiten zusammen. Und haben die ganze Geschichte nur erfunden. In unserem Fall haben wir nur 550 Rupien für das TukTuk zu viel bezahlt.
    Anderen Touristen wurden dabei komplett sinnlose Touren verkauft, neue Hotels organisiert, usw.

    Ich werde aber das Gefühl nicht los, dass wir auch morgen wieder abgezockt werden 😀.
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  • Day7

    Another Match, Another Loss

    April 11, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    We woke up early and redesigned to play another game. I was with the 1st today, after a brief meeting with the head we lost the toss and batted. We were bowled out for a 120. They caught up to us and won in less than ten overs, which was more than disappoint. That night we had dinner in a spinning restaurant which I over payed 250 rupees on. Yay!Read more

  • Day5

    Essen

    April 2 in India ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Das Essen in Indien ist fantastisch. Wir lassen uns treiben und schauen mal, was uns wo überrascht. Heute sind wir in einem kleinen Restaurant gelandet, in dem es ein Mittagsmenü gibt. Es stehen zehn Schüsseln vor einem, die beliebig oft wieder aufgefüllt werden. Alles lecker, alles angenehm scharf, alles frisch.
    Es gibt Cola in indischen Flaschen und halbe Lämmer.
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