I arrived back in DElhi this morning after a long over night train from Varanasi. We spent 3 days in Varanasi, a pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is right on the Ganga, and is a crazy busy city. It's also the oldest constantly populated city in the world. I think they told us it's been inhabited since 2000 b.c. The buildings there are a beautiful mix of really old, sort of old, and new-ish. We spent alot of time just wandering the city, and the ghats (the stairs down to the river). One morning, we went of a row boat on the river to see all the ghats. It was beautiful to say the least! We also went out a few nights to see the burning ghats. That's where they have the "dead boody fires" as the guy told us. It is considered very good if a hindu is cremated on this ghat. I thought I would be completely grossed out by the smell at this ghat, but it really wasn't bad at all. I found it quite interesting. Also, we found a really nice little restauraunt when we were there, that was a world away from the crazyness that is varanasi. They served great homous, and made fantastic salads. Finding safe raw vegetables is rare here, so we went back all the time. My stomach wasn't quite used to raw vegetables and wasn't too happy with me last night.
It was hard leaving Varansi, because Amber and Nate were continuing east to Calcutta, and I was going back to DElhi to catch my flight to Kerala (tomorrow). it's really weird being away from them. I hadn't been away from Amber for more than 5 or 6 hours for the past 2 and a half months. At the same time, I know I will see both of them in Vancouver, so there is no need to be sad. The train from Varanasi to delhi was ok - but i almost had my bag stolen - ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. i was on the top bunk, and a pushy old man insisted on putting my purse up there too. he made me really unconfortable, so i let him do it just so he'd go away. As soon as he took 2 steps away, i stood up to get my bag and saw it wasn't there. i looked on the next bed, and there it was. He was walking away laughing. argh. Some people...i tell you. Besides that, I felt quite safe on the train by my self. i made friends with a family. 2 of the ladies were teachers, and they had an adorable 4 year old who came and hung out on my bed most of the trip. we listened to disney music on my ipod.
well, that is all i have for you all right now. Must go pack my bags for Kerala! I'm glad I don't need my warm jacket anymore!