Colleen and I landed in Delhi late last night, managed to easily find each other in the airport (we came here from different coasts) and have just spent our First Day In India.
Delhi is different from what I expected. Not as crowded or congested with people as I thought it'd be. And much more spread out---more like LA than New York. It's also really green, while still being really polluted. More of my fascinating thoughts and pictures below:
I loved tooling around in a rickshaw. The traffic jams are crazy, and the drivers are crazier. They honk at everything, they weave back and forth like madmen, and they cut across multiple lanes at a time---they're worse than Floridians. Just hold on and trust your rickshaw driver.
I always get a kick out of what normal things look like in other places. These were on our breakfast table. The sugar is called Trust, and the artificial sweetener is Gold. Not sure what Amul is up to, but she's cute as a button.
Outside is hazy and much greener than I expected.
But inside the shops, everything is bright. Like this embroidered bed cover.
And these shoes.
I knew I was going to eat well here, but it's already going even better than planned. This is a dosa with ghee and roasted vegetables. It was huge and delicious and I ate pretty much the entire thing.
I'm also going to have a lot of fun with labels here. Look at the small print.
And I think that no matter how many souvenir shops and fancy boutiques I visit, I going to be continually impressed by the design and craftsmanship of things. Whether we're talking about tables with intricate carvings and inlay...
....or corny-awesome camel chairs. Oh please, you know you love them.
Tomorrow we tour some historical sites and get to know more about Old Delhi. I just found out that there's a whole street dedicated to different flavors of paratha (stuffed bread), so it is already looking pretty good.