Well, I'm finally here.
|In the market!|
Yesterday, I spent close to 12 hours walking through Bangalore with Syed, one of the two brothers who owns the hostel I'm staying at. He told me that he thinks that in a past life, I was Indian and while I don't believe in reincarnation, maybe he's right.
India is incredible though. It's loud and crowded, busy and charming, quaint and chaotic, all at the same time. It's the most colorful place I've ever seen and I love everything about it. I decided to start my trip in Bangalore, (South India), the Silicon Valley of India and as a result, the most developed part of India, because I wanted to see India's potential before really venturing out into the rest of India where it's less so. We'll see how my perception of India changes as I go through my journey though.
|Bangalore's "Times Square"|
I slept until about noon (which I desperately needed to do) and woke up to an Indian breakfast which, although it was very tasty, is a bit too dinner-like for my tastes, before heading out for the day with Sid, my handy tour guide who took me all over Bangalore and really helped me to get under the skin of this city and see it for everything it is. We shopped and ate, haggled and bargained, took auto rickshaws which, as the Indians say, are more thrilling than Universal Studios (very true, I was clutching my seat so hard, my knuckles were white!) and I came home with 2 beautiful salwars which I can't wait to wear...once I buy some sandals and get some mehndi, of course!
|Temples are in abundance here!|
It's going to be the perfect day in India.
Bangalore, you have stolen my heart.
By the way, my layover in Rome was absolutely perfect and I truly do love Bangalore...although I can't really say I've been to India until I've traveled through some more of it, but that starts tomorrow.
I hope you all are doing fantastic and having a wonderful weekend!