INDIA – Day 10 and 11 – Mandawa to Delhi to Home

We had our breakfast and packed up and were at the bus for 915.  It was gonna be a long long day.    Here are some photos on the way to Delhi from Mandawa.

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Not too sure what’s going on here

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Temple
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A camel !  and a cow !
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Which mode of transport would you prefer?
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Escaping
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Some landscapes outside the cities and towns
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More countryside, it was rare on our trip to see land without buildings, markets, people etc
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More modes of transport
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He looks hungry
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We had to wait until he crossed
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We saw a lot of these trees in the countryside.  I don’t know what they are called.

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Not too far into our drive, Amit had the bus stop, somewhere………….and we all hopped off for a minute.  He went to buy bananas for us and some of us bought hot peanuts.  Below are photos of the peanut vendor, some of our group and Clint walking down the street.

 

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Busy place
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We stopped for bananas!
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This was across from the peanut vendor
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Lots of interesting items for sale
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Amit told me that these vendors go to a big warehouse and pick up their fruits and vegetables to sell

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Around lunch time we stopped at a, well let’s just call it an En Route, for lunch.  I’m not sure what Amit ordered but it was huge !

 

Tons of people eating here, lots of tables, shops, huge menu.  We split some french fries and Clint had soup.  I do have to say, we have had french fries a few times over here and they are very good.  We went into a little store and bought some Pringles, just in case.

Back into the bus and the Air Conditioning broke.  Oh No !  It was a super hot day.  A long drive in a hot bus with no AC, and the windows don’t open.

Finally, we arrived back in Delhi, I think around 6 p.m. and ended up going to the Ambience Mall to hang out for a couple of hours prior to going to the airport.    Our flight is not until 230 a.m. so we have a long wait.  Clint and I walked around the mall for a bit and then headed to TGIF Fridays with the others to have a beer and something to eat.  I don’t like shopping so this appealed to me more than walking around stores.  And this Mall is huge, I don’t know how many floors, at least 4-5.   I was surprised at the stores, they had a Bata shoe store and other familiar stores that we have here.  Just seemed strange.

 

We left about 9 to head to the Airport.  The traffic was crazy busy as always.

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Driving to the airport from the mall

But we made it to the airport and said good bye to Amit, Iqbal and Virender.  Sad to say goodbye to them.  They were all very good to us.

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Amit saying good bye to us

So now we’re in the airport and just hanging around until our flight.

 

The flight was about 7 hours or so to Amsterdam.  We had about a 4 1/2-5 hour layover in Amsterdam.  Long wait.  We walked around and read our books.  I went with Anne to McDonalds and got a Cheeseburger and a McKroket to take back to Clint.  The McKroket was horrible, I don’t have one positive thing to say about it ! It is a beef ragout, which is a heavy creamy stew, topped with a rich mustard sauce and then deep fried and put on a bun.  It’s horrible, did I mention that? lol  they did have pretty good chocolates and candies there, which I bought to bring home for the holidays.

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We’re in Amsterdam !

We finally got on our 2nd flight and headed back to Canada.  We arrived about 230 p.m. our time.  Remember India is 10 1/2 hours ahead of us.  It was snowing and blowing so I already miss the heat, palm trees, and camels.  We had a driver, (thanks Nancy!) and we dropped off the guys in Port Hope and the others in Campbellford.  Clint and I had to get our car in Wooler and FINALLY walked in our house at 9 p.m. that night.  Very tired I must say.

Straight to bed and dreaming about India…………………….

 

 

 

 

 

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