Sunday, 25 January 2015

I've never had so many downs in my life, career wise, friendship wise and relationship wise. Everybody who wronged me seems to be living a happier life now. How unfair that is. Sometimes, I wonder if I have a problem, even my mom worry that I have a problem.

The only explanation that I've come up with is reality is fucked up but it's functional, while most people's reality is normal but is dysfunctional...that's why I'm isolated. Am I dysfunctional just for thinking that other people are dysfunctional, instead of blaming myself for what's happening?

Most women are smart, but they subject themselves to the stupidity of men. Most people are dishonest and are afraid of confrontation. Most people are dreamers blinded with comfort and just want to be accepted. The only thing I've ever done wrong is that I'm none of those.

...or should I blame it on the three wishes I made at the Ganges?

A geeky, boring and anal type of guy

"Elaine, you're a crazy and adventurous girl, why do you want to be a geeky, boring and anal type of guy?!"

"...because people who are crazy and adventurous usually don't want to settle."

Happiness in a bar

"Look at people around you, Elaine, does anybody look happy to you here?" a friend asks me at a bar.

"You're right...I haven't noticed," Some people were looking at their cellphone, some girls were waiting for people to approach them, they all seem to be waiting for something to happen...and none of them looked happy. "Why is that, do you think?"

"People are generally unhappy."

Delhi and Agra

Friday, 2 January 2015

Jumped on a train again, and this time, to Agra! You know how usually, you're not allowed to use the toilets at the station when the train isn't moving? Well in India, you're allowed to. There was so much shits on the rail when you're standing there waiting for your train, haha.

Taj Mahal! It's so beautiful and well-preserved, and it's clean...but there were still people pissing in public. The experience itself was not so great because there were so many people, and there was actually not much to see inside. From the exterior though, it's quite impressive; it's perfectly symmetrical, and it represents many cultures...I can see why it's one of the seven wonders in the world.

The next day, I took the train to Delhi, which is the capital of India. Most roads are paved and there are traffic lights here! I went to a market in Old Delhi, which is one of the busiest and oldest in India. I've never seen so many people, animals, cycle rickshaws crammed together like this in my life before. I was in this little streets, and it was impossible to walk forward....and I enjoyed it!

Some shops in old Delhi. I like how Indian people are cool with me taking pictures of them. Only a minority will give you a dirty look, but most people just don't care.

I visited the Hamayun's tumb...which looked similar to Taj Mahal, only with much less people. There are some nice architecture.

This is Qutab Minar, another nice place with so much history. The size and age of this tower is quite impressive. You really got to wonder how did people built this without the equipments we have today. India is awesome!

That concludes my little holiday trip. I hope to be able to travel to India again and see more of the south. As for Nepal, I'd love to go there for a trekking trip. I've traveled quite a bit, and this is the first time my mom strongly disapproved of the destination...but I've learned that the world really as dangerous as it seems. On this trip, I've encountered nothing but nice people, people who work hard, people who want to be happy.

Time to decide where the next destination will be!


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

It's the last day of 2014 and I'm in Orchha, and I slept in a king's palace!

Orchha is a charming little place where much of the ancientness is well preserved. Not many people know about it, but it's such a little gem waiting to be discovered!  It's situated in the middle of a forest in which life goes at its own pace without worrying about the rest of India. I spent two days here to rest, recover from my cold, learn to cook a few Indian dishes, and visit some of the main attractions.

Here is Orchha in pictures!

Train to Orcha

So, I've been on trains in Vietnam, China, Thailand, Uzbekistan...and now in India. Trains in India are never on schedule. Sometimes, even if it picks you up on time, it doesn't mean that it will get you to your destination on time. As for me, my train was 2 hours late.

I've always been scared because of the dirty factor. Some people say it's not that bad...and after that experience, I can say that it wasn't actually that bad, except for the toilet smell, and a mouse.

Something funny happened on the train. As you know, I was very sick and I didn't have enough water with me. I met this British girl on the train who wanted some food, and we wondered if we could get off at a station to get some. The train would stop at some stations for 15 minutes, and for 2 minutes at other stations...and we had no idea how to figure out when was time to get back on the train. An Indian lady next to us said that the train will stop for 30 minutes at the next station...which sounds believable.

We got off the train and started walking, and bumped into a little kid selling water at about 300 meters further. While we were trying to figure out how much the water was, the train started moving. We were so terrified to miss the train because our baggage was on the train, so we ran and jumped on the moving train.

I was so glad we made it, but then we realized that the wagon started detaching from the rest of the train...we were like, no way! So, we jumped off the moving train and ran back to our wagon like two crazy people....which didn't start moving until 30 minutes later.

Jumping on and off a moving train? check!

Varanasi: Last day

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

I love Varanasi, but I have to keep going. I've gotten very every sense of the word. I have a bad cold and my stomach isn't feeling well. Just breathing the air makes me sicker and sicker.

I had to make the most of my last day of course, so I went to a huge market to buy some silk scarves for myself. After that, I walked along Ganges...which was probably one of my best moments on this trip. It was relaxing, yet surprises were found around every corner. I even got charged by a buffalo! Also, it was one of those rare moments that the sun came out, and it was warm enough to wear a t-shirt.

I finally had to go back to the hotel to pick up my stuff for my next adventure; the Indian train!

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