Friday, April 08, 2005

Dog Delhi; Go to Goa

After a week log trip through Jaipur, Agra, Rishikesh and Moussourie, there were certain facts we held to be true:

  1. Piles of trash rest along every road and in between shanty shacks and are thrown from animal-drawn or motorized vehicles;
  2. Droves of steaming cow-paddy homes/repositories butt up against mosquito/fly-ridden public toilets that lack water or sanitary resources;
  3. In the morning hours, people in squatting position are scattered throughout the trees and alongside the roads to either pee or poo;
  4. Children play amongst the debris and green contaminated waters;
  5. Men stop at random to urinate alongside food vendors, open walkways, wherever convenient;
  6. The dotted separated line on the road means nothing (buses dominate and will forge ahead despite people or animal being present); and,
  7. Cows, monkeys, stray dogs and bulls co-habitat in the same areas where families live, eat, and drive.

There were simply some sights you wish you could ignore or remove from memory. And, there were others I hope never to forget: seeing the children smile at your kindness, breaking out in "Proud to be an American" in the car with Marisa, sitting around a campfire after a day of rafting on the Ganges river, seeing the Taj Mahal (although it smelled like sweaty feet) and enjoying the elephant ride and tour of Amber Fort. Together, our travels melt into a collage of colors, confusion, and colliding cultures of technology, religion, and tribal survival.

When Dan left this morning saying "Watch Goa be awesome," I could not imagine the statement could be true. That is until I arrived. Yes, one could say we would have missed experiencing 'true' India, if we have opted to escape to the resort town of Goa. But, after my solo candlelight 5 course (included) meal with evening entertainment and French red wine amidst perfectly harmonious humidity and breeze, I yearned for Dan's presence and to share the views and the ambience with Marisa and Derrick.

I suppose our earlier ventures make me appreciate this stop so much more.


At 7:10 AM, Blogger Marisa said...

I am relieved to hear that Goa is so nice and you are enjoying it! India is definitly a place I will never forget! Your description is perfect. Despite the lack of cleanliness and traffic stresses I have some great memories! There was never a dull moment or lack of a good laugh. Whether it was provided by the locals or one of us! :)

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