Dealing with Delhi

Jan 28, 2009 by

Yesterday I thought … uh oh, I’m not going to like Delhi (we got soooo hassled by beggars and people trying to get us to go to certain shops). However, today was much better and I think I’ve adjusted to dealing with that kind of annoying behavior again (had it in Egypt a few years back).

This morning we wandered around Old Delhi for several hours, beginning with a trip to the Jama Masjid (the largest Mosque in India).

If you look really closely, you’ll see Leah posing in this picture.

After the mosque, we took a walk through one of the cloth bazaars nearby. This provided many excellent opportunities to take pictures of the amazing electrical work here. The wires really look like part of a living organism, stretching, intertwining, and reaching out to new buildings.

The electrical lines are so similar to the vines in a jungle, that they are inhabited by monkeys.

This walk through the bazaar was also very reminiscent of Egypt, with thin streets, lots of people, narrow shops (some deep, some shallow). In every shop, there were one or more men either sitting and drinking tea, folding cloth, or making calculations on casio calculators.

We also stopped for a cup of “authentic” chai (called Masala tea in India).

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