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I wanted to go there but on that second time it was kind of ‘wrong timing’ as the Gateway was ‘retouched/repaired’ with those grayish brown material covering it. I said ‘wrong timing’ because the cloth kind of hinder the view when we took photos. Needless to say we did. I realized upon looking at the picture that, ‘oh no, they are staring at me’. It was kinda funny scene.
I grew up in a tradition of leaving our shoes or slippers outside when we enter anyone’s house. For respect. And also to prevent dirt from coming into the house. But gone are those days (Spanish occupation in the Philippines) when rich hosts would let their servants follow your footsteps with a rag, that made the guests a ‘bit’ uneasy. In India, there is still this culture of respecting the ground you walk on, especially those old ‘sacred’ structures by way of being barefooted or covering the shoes. This man’s job is to see to it. Somehow, when I recall those places, I always remember that man by the entrance putting visitors’ shoe covering. It’s a noble job.
We headed up early in the morning to the airport for Mumbai – Jaipur – Agra flight. We would be flying domestic and majority will be locals there. I know we would be safe it was just that kind of strange feeling I had for the moment. Our flight was delayed which is a part of the chain of late flights, but it was a comfort to be finally in the airplane flying to Jaipur. In my mind i was looking at the map of India and considering how big it is, we would have some hours flying up north. In countries like this one, security is of concern so they don’t allow photography in some airports, but we mistakenly took one in Jaipur when we arrived there around 1pm. The next flight to Agra will not take off till 3:00pm but again the flight was delayed for an hour, and the ground staff told us that the delay was due to air traffic congestion, as if we didn’t know better. We wait for another thirty minutes extension to the delay. Though I shouldn’t be surprised, it is still different when I think about the saying that goes in my place “gi-Indian, mostly late, or worse yet, will not show up“, seems the saying is based on real life.
It was so much of a relief when the plane finally arrived. But what surprised us most was that hubby and I were the only passenger of that plane for the whole trip to Agra! It was hubby’s first time also to experience that; it was like we were on chartered plane, with people attending us. But in fairness, the service was great and they were very accommodating. Kingfisher airlines has just taken that route not long ago and for sure in the future they will have many passengers going there so they will not lose some in flying such a new and big plane with only one or two people.
le 20 décembre 2007
It was a busy week/end. On December twentieth we flew to Agra to see some landmarks of India. We would be staying there for few days. I had been looking forward for this one trip since my first time in India. India is a huge country. It took our regular aircraft few hours to reach the first leg being to Jaipur. It was pretty safe but being in a strange/foreign country tight on security being near Pakistan, everyone moves with precaution, as we should anywhere else in the world. Photographs are not allowed in some parts of the country and airports too. We were stranded for few hours in Jaipur airport for our next flight was delayed, which according to one of the attendants, caused by “air traffic”, of course we did not buy it. It was already evening when airplane landed for us off to Agra. Well, everything would be worth the wait for what awaited us there in our destination. le 20 décembre 2007
This is one of my favorite street scene photos of our travels in India. Little girls riding on the manually-driven bike.
By now I have four days left before I leave for Singapore-Davao. My vacation and travels so far are really worth it. I have seen many beautiful and unforgettable places and people. And what is important is that we enjoyed our time together, hubby and I. I am not yet done though, seeing the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and the Agra Fort, and riding a camel and elephant were almost enough. Tomorrow and the next day I will be touring around the city of 20 million people, Mumbai, with hubby’s driver as tour guide also. See you around.
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