Dazee and I made it back to New Orleans on Friday, after almost three straight days of traveling--we've since conquered our jet lag and bathed--yup, we're clean, rested and rarin' to go!
Crunchy fried chickpea flour, nut and dal snack mixes.
India was a pretty intense experience, so much so it was hard for me to take photos, Dazee did most of the picture taking, but I had a great and very interesting time. I've traveled to developing countries before, but never to a place that sucked the spit out of my mouth quite the way India did.
Ubiquitous after meal fennel spread.
What I'll miss the most:
- Utthapam, dosas and vada with sambar for breakfast and thalis with brown rice.
- Boys and men holding hands and lovingly draping theirs arms around each other.
- Ornamentation and design on everything.
- Eating with my hand.
- Fennel and sugar after meals.
- Markets and shopping.
- Ladies only areas and lines.
- Tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws).
- Squat toilets.
- Loads of pure vegetarian restaurants (no meat or eggs).
A masala dosa in Udupi where they were first invented!
What I won't miss much:
- Public spitting and farmer nose blows.
- The constant need to sterilize water.
- Stomach cramps.
- Cold showers.
- Bitter gourd.
- Being stared at 24-7.
- Getting on and off buses and trains as fast as humanly possible with a heavy suitcase.
- Dirt and grime under my fingernails.
- Black boogers and heavy, dirty air.
- Stinky smells, poo and other walking hazards.
- Stinging ants that clamp on and don't let go.