Things we miss
1. Everything being so cheap. Spending only £2.50 on two meals and drinks is truly great.
2. Being a superstar in the eyes of little children. Having a bus load of little children waving at you definitely makes you feel like a movie star.
3. Masala Chai. We found the best Masala Chai on the trains, deliciously sweet!
4. The element of surprise and the adventures that India throws your way.
5. Lime soda. We preferred lime soda plain, but you can also get it sweet or salted.
6. Festivals, parties and processions at every turn. It felt as though every town we arrived in was celebrating a festival of some sort.
Many more we don’t…
1. Being seen as a bank in the eyes of most people. I know India is poor, but it really leaves a bad taste when people only want to speak to you because they want your money.
2. Men staring no matter if I dress conservatively or walk around in a bikini.
3. Urinals in the street. Smelly, disgusting and dirty – there is no need for this.
4. The two tier pricing system. One price for foreigners and another for Indians, the best example being the Taj Mahal – rs.750 for foreigners and rs.20 for Indians.
5. Poverty – seeing humans and animals suffer and not being able to do anything about it.
6. Eating Indian food three times a day. I disagree with anyone who thinks Indian food is amazing. If you order a dish it’s either really bland or really fiery, we didn’t find any food which was just tasty. It was just the same old flavours over and over again, even though we were being adventurous and trying every dish we could.
7. Rubbish everywhere. This is a huge problem that the government really needs to sort out. There is no rubbish collection service in operation and it is in everyone’s mentality to throw rubbish on the ground.
8. Loud street sellers stood outside of our bedroom window at 6am in the morning shouting ‘fish fish fish…’ ‘chicken chicken chicken’ …. SHUT UP!