New Delhi, New Country, New Culture

An Introduction to India

I never thought I’d consider 85 degrees Fahrenheite cold, but alas two days in Delhi changed they way I thought about temperature. From the moment I stepped out of the airport into a city that was actually an oven too the flight to Bangalore which had broken air conditioning Delhi pushed the boundaries of my experiences.

The first thing I noticed after finally regaining full consciousness from the blasting air conditioning in the car from the airport was that the way Indians drive is complexity differently then Americans. In India the horn is not used in cases of emergencies. It is the basic unit of vehicular communication. The rate of honking in Delhi is similar to the rate of coughing during week two of Econ 001 at U Penn; The honking is continuous. There is also no such thing as lanes in India and with that there is no signaling lane changes, unless of course, with the horn. There is also no such thing as tailgating in India because driving 3 feet behind the car in front of you is the status quo. My favorite thing I have seen on the road is an entire family of four on one motor scooter. A sight that changed my view of how close a family unit can be. As for pedestrians crossing the street feels like a death wish. Despite all of this I have yet to experience accident, so if it works it works.

After getting to the hotel from the airport I preceded to crash on the extremely hard bed. Its good to know that people in other parts of the world do a better job of taking care of their back the people in the United States. After sleeping for 3 hours and laying in bed for about 9. I woke up at 6am for the first round of site seeing. Despite it being 6am, it was still extremely hot out. We preceded to visit Lodhi Gardens and Humayun’s tomb. Later that night when it had cooled down to below 110 we visited a new market. Our second day in Delhi we also got to see Jama Masjid Mosque and The Red Fort. All of which were beautiful and looked like something out of a national geographic movies. The food was also a highlight especially since it was all paid for by Penn. I never knew that you can make so many bread products from potatoes and rice. Also I learned that tomato chutney, yogurt, and spicy pickled things make everything better. Overall, although the air quality made it hard to see more then 500 meters in front of you, Delhi was incredible bustling city full of life, history, and culture.

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