The streets Bangalore now make (more) sense and I can even help navigate tuk tuk's when needed.
Some overall observations of India..
- It took me half a day to see another white person. Not a problem at all .. just amusing. I've to this day only seen five or so others in town and a handful more outside of town at shrines and monuments. They still have about 20+ years on me.
- So many contradictions in India. From movie posters showing American movies with cleavage markered out to scantly clad music videos. To commercials stressing individualism and change followed by marriage ceremony web sites.
- Within 15 minutes of watching Indian TV, i saw 10+ musical numbers and countless commercials for such. The best one was a musical number created for John Deere tractors .. i kid you not.
- Tuk-Tuk's can really be best described as a frankenstein piece of machinery that combines the front of a motorcycle and the back of a squashed polish maluch. Think tiny death mobile. The tuk-tuk experience is best described as that video game that you played as kid where you had to dodge all sorts of insane obstacles like zombies, flying projectiles, pot holes, puppies .. etc (think paperboy) and made you think .. "wow, this is a lot of fun but ` sure glad no real street in the world is as insane as this." It took me getting severely lost to trust one to get across town and now i cant get enough of of the little guys.
- Lanes are a very loose concept in India. What at one point is two way north bound lane, quickly turns into a single lane with cars coming at you because they feel it is more efficient. You honk and proceed to play chicken to see who is more stubborn.
- Sidewalks are merely elevated roads for bikes.
- While at first the traffic seems like chaos it all starts making sense after you wander the streets for an hour. Just like on the playa, you are more then welcome to cross any roads/highways/intersections whenever you please with little regard to traffic as long as you can make it over. But unlike the playa, no one will run you over here. I'm serious, i have yet to see any accidents at all. No collisions between cars and no one getting hit by anyone. Now im sure if anyone hit a pedestrian there wouldnt be too much caring involved, but i still see it as a miraculous feet when compared to San Francisco drivers
- I have yet to find where seat belts plug into within cars here. think its mostly decoration for westerners to feel safer.
- Honking is a way of life if your anywhere near the streets. Whether its to get someone out of your way because your speeding or to get a cow out of the road, honking remains the voice of all that is on wheels. Yet again, it all makes sense if you pay attention even though it does seem a bit obnoxious at points.
- I rode an elephant and was terrified.
- Monkeys are cuter up close
- Walking through waterfalls is too much fun.
- If someone can figure how to get in-n-out to me, you will be handsomely rewarded
- Upkeep of buildings, monuments, .. basically everything but shrines seems to be a cute idea that never happens
- I died a little, when trying to find beer at my hotel, they showed me fosters.
- Having a personal fleet of taxis rocks
- Buses are always in perpetual motion as they load and unload passengers. There also seems to be a law that states that all buses must be filled at capacity at all times no matter the time of day. Doors are non existent for better airflow and ups delivery man efficiency.
- I've done worse damage to my lungs from inhaling the air here then all my smoker friends combined (which is saying a lot for all of you chimneys out there). I assume that my life span is now -5years
- I have never been so in danger of walking into walls then when a seeing 90% of the adds here. Brown mecha of hotness .. check!
- The Castro is now second on this list of places where people check me out most.
- I've become a morning person here. Note: its because of the time change and I shall remedy this more each day.
- Haggling is a way of life here. Especially when you get perceived as a walking wallet.
- Best way to get merchants to stop trying to sell me everything is to start speaking polish to them. Face of confusion ensues and they walk away.
- Need more companions here to share thoughts on India and explore
- Haven't died yet
- Am having a blast if you cant tell :)
Three days in India and I'm starting to feel just fine wandering the streets in each and every way. I've even started venturing out when the sun sets to see how my surroundings change.