In retrospect, this was really irritating. I don't think we had the gentleman who most often deals with Dillon families. I really think this guy was giving us a hard time to ruffle our feathers. It worked - what were we supposed to do if he requested something else? Our flight was leaving that evening for Kolkata!
The embassy was much different than what any of us expected. I guess we've seen the movies where there are guards and the whole place is run by Americans. We encountered no Americans, not even the guards. No one was especially friendly or helpful, no one smiled. Our driver spoke very little English, and took us to the Canadian embassy first, and then had no idea about gate numbers. He parked pretty far away and then just pointed in a vague direction.
We did get up to the Red Fort today, but we couldn't go inside because it is closed on Monday. We also went to Raj Ghat, the place where Ghandi was cremated. Mom and I had a moment of fame when all of these female soldiers from Yupi (sp) wanted their pictures with us. We gladly obliged.
Maddie and Myles - We saw a Cobra!! Mom got really close to it, but couldn't bring myself to pat it even though the man said I could. That surprised me because I love snakes!
I think the travel is wearing on me. All of the planes and cars, and tonight the smell of Kolkata - I'm not sick, but my belly just isn't willing to eat much food. The food that we have eaten has been very good.
I wanted to comment on the New Delhi domestic airport. We got there really early because we were already checked out of our hotel, and our car time was up. You can't even enter the building until your flight is being security checked. There is an overhang and I think usually this is a sitting area, but the whole place was being recarpeted and they were putting some cloth over the ceiling. There was no place to sit, it was crowded, and we kept on having to move around the construstion. We did this for about 4 hours. I wish we had just kept the car for longer and seen some more of the city. Hindsight is 20/20.
SO. . . Tomorrow is Gotcha Day! I just turned my carry-on into a diaper bag, and after I finish this post, I'm going to make sure I can manage the baby carrier. I'm exhausted, and wish I could sleep, but I'm not sure that's going to happen again.
We continue to be amazed at how smoothly everything is going. We are enjoying each other and this amazing experience.