Scenes from India

by Kim on December 28, 2012 · 43 comments

We’ve arrived in India!

I am jet-lagged and sleep deprived and brain dead, friends. Like, for real. We’ve traveled from Brazil to Germany to India in less than a week and then, arriving in Delhi mid-morning, we boarded a train and shot across the country, an 18-hour overnight trip complete with snoring men and crying babies.

But none of that matters because we! are! here! And Hannah and Sarah are here too. I am already madly in love with these girls and feel as though I have known them forever. Sarah is a kind and calming presence with a wicked sense of humor. Hannah just shines like the sun. She is absolutely beautiful.

Hannah and Sarah

I love India. I love that it is messy and dirty and beautiful all at once. I love that God exists in everything. I love the colors and the smells and the cows in the streets and the skinny dogs. I love the shit and the naked kids and the chai tea and the bobbling heads of the Indian men as they try to sell me trousers. India is so alive. I feel alive here too.

Cows in India

Indian woman

Jaisalmer India

Indian women

And, ahem, of course there is that business of driving a rickshaw.

Today Hannah, Sarah and I met the fourth member of our team. She is beautiful and only slightly rickety. She has padded seats, just like me.

We took her on a test drive up and down a fairly quiet street. Hannah and Sarah are natural drivers but I am terrible. I have to constantly remind myself to squeeze the clutch before I shift gears, to slowly turn the accelerator. Also, I panic each time I get behind the wheel. I haven’t driven a car, lawn mower or bicycle in almost a year, but here I go navigating a rickshaw through India. Life is so unpredictable.

Rickshaw Run

Rickshaw Run

And in case you were wondering, our rickshaw has already broken down. Something to do with an air bubble in the fuel line. Thankfully, this nice man fixed it in about three seconds flat. I have a feeling that the good people of India will take care of us.

Rickshaw Run breakdown

Our adventure begins in four days! 

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jmayel & sacha December 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

This sounds like a lot of fun. My wife and I drive a 40 year old classic mk1 escort around Thailand and that breaks down ALL the time! Good luck to you girls. PS advice, carry tools lol

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

We will definitely carry tools. Thanks!

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Carmel December 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

You gals are amazing. I have no doubt your spirits and smiles will keep you going…along with the nice and handy people of India. Love you!! Go get ‘em!

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thanks lady :) We’ll keep our spirits up all the way to Kochen.

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Marco Fiori December 28, 2012 at 8:39 am

This is so bad-ass. I can’t wait to see all the awesome adventures you get involved in. You’re going to have such an amazing experience.

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

Thanks Marco. We are very, VERY excited.

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Lucie December 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

Looking forward to live this adventure with you girls on your blogs! In the meantime, don’t forget to rest! ;)

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

Thanks Lucie. I slept 12 hours last night… getting good at that rest thing ;)

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Rhonda December 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

OMG.. I AM SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED FOR YOU AND JEALOUS I’M NOT THERE TOO!!!! Just your brief description and pictures transports me right back to India where I, too, have felt more alive than anywhere else on earth. Enjoy it all, the good and the bad, and embrace that amazing place!

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

Rhonda, now I understand why you and Jim were so moved by India. I just can’t even find words. But I love it… so excited for the adventure to begin!

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Maddie December 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

So excited for you all!! Sending you positive thoughts and lots of good luck wishes for your journey, enjoy every minute :-)

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thanks Maddie. I think we’ll need the good vibes. Many, many kilometers to travel :)

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Patti December 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Wahoo! You go girl, kick some ass!

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thanks Patti!

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Michele December 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Hey, I have padded seats too! So I feel a kinship with your new team member already. :) I have no doubt she will take good care of you. Can’t wait to hear what you end up naming her – every steed deserves a special name!

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

You and me both Michele! We don’t have a name for her yet but hope it will come to us quickly. Sending our love to Portland :)

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Tyrhone December 29, 2012 at 2:38 am

It seems like in India and Cambodia and the like, every man and his malnourished dog is a mechanic, must be mandatory in school. I’m sure you will get the hang of it in no time. Go team Namaste!

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

Haha, yes, we’ve run into a whole lot of mechanics already…

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Steve Whitty December 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

It’s almost here. I wish you and the team the best of luck.

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

Only two days now… can’t wait!

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Bama December 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

I’m so excited for you! The way you described India is absolutely the same with how I picture it right now. Never been to the country, though. But I’m planning to go in a few years’ time. Good luck with the rickshaw, and everything else in India! :)

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Kim December 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

It is a very amazing place, Bama. Hope you make it here soon.

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OurLifeExperiments December 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

What a way to bring in the New Year for you guys!! We are so excited for you guys! I really hope we meet up in Portland sometime to drink beers and hear all your awesome stories!!

Maria

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

I would love to meet in Portland for beers (and just love a beer in general… we had to order “special tea” today at the bar ). Thanks for your support!

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michele December 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

What will Brian be doing while you are on this adventure? Take tons of pictures!!

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Kim January 4, 2013 at 5:14 am

Brian is having his own Indian adventure and will meet me in Goa in a few weeks. He’s already been on a camel tour of the desert complete with camping under the stars.

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Hi Michele, Brian went on his own Indian adventure. I hope he’ll write a post or two about his time.

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Judi Ranton December 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I know I’ll be waiting excitedly for every blog post. And I agree with everyone else. Lots of pics! Have lots of fun!

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I’ll try to get plenty of pics up Judy. Glad you’re following along!

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Jessica January 1, 2013 at 12:26 am

Isn’t India wild?! I just arrived last week. I’ll have to check out your rickshaw route. Yikes, I’d be too scared to drive one. Good luck!

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

India is so wild. No place like it on earth. I love it and hate it a million times in the same day.

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Ayngelina January 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Cannot wait to follow your progress, it looks like it will be a blast.

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Thanks Ayngelina :)

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Pernilla January 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

What an adventure! Can’t wait to read all about it;)

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Thanks Pernilla. It was certainly an adventure!

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Cheryl Dinan January 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

Hi Kim , Please post daily as you travel across India. It brings tears to my eyes, while reading about your travelling rickshaw adventrures. As always be sure to stay safe!! Love, Mom

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Hi mom. We were safe and we survived. Sorry to make you worry about me :)

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Stephen S. January 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

haha so great. I can’t wait to experience India. When I do I hope it is as unquie and mind blowing as driving a rickshaw across the country.

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Oh man, I’ve got to say that there is no other way to see India except by rickshaw. What an experience! Such an adventure.

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Aniket Bhosale January 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

Welcome to India……NAMASTE…
hi.nice to meet you all kim and both.. and thanks to give us to give pleasure…i like to help to you……and Graceful and Enjoy ur journey..happy journy…GOD BLESS YOU..HAPPY NEW YEAR….

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Aniket, thank you so much for your help. You and all of the other wonderful people we met are the reason we made it to the finish line.

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John January 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

India really does look amazing, and I must experience it soon. I hear people say you will both love and hate India. Happy travels to yo.

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Kim January 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I agree that it is a love/hate relationship with India, many times within the same day or even same minute. But there is no place else like this amazing country. I’m so glad I’m here.

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