Last day on Delhi, last day of India

Spices in the market

Spices in the market. Especiarias no mercado.

Sunday October 24, 2010
New Delhi, National Capital Territory

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Our last full day in India, we walked around aimesly watching people and shops and the movement on the streets of the Paharganj neighbourhood.

We see the new tourist arrriving, the others leaving for their next destination. The new tourists have still that suprised overwhelmed look on their faces, probably the same one we had when we arrived in India four and half months ago.

There is group of young australians kids all wearing khaki shirts. They do look very scared as their leader gives them instructions and set out them in smaller groups on their own. Backpacks in front, hands holding the backpacks and walking very close together. We wonder if we were doing the same when we arrived. We observed this while we sipped Masala Chai with the Sikh owner of the spice shop.

We go on to do our last shopping and later on the day, getting the last clothes ready from Monti. We also take the opportunity to die our hair with henna, a process that is quite long. When our hair was done, almost all shops were closed or closing down. We pass in front of a sari shop and Claudia decides to get the last one. Reasonably priced, we get a red saree with silver embroidery. Back to the hotel we finish packing everything into the bags and make our last preparations for the early morning flight for our return journey.

It was melancolic and rather bitter sweet. We were glad we were going home after so long, but also sad to leave India.

Iggy Singh

Iggy Singh

Domingo, 24 de Outubro de 2010
Nova Delhi, Território Nacional

Nosso último dia na India, andamos meio sem destino, observando as pessoas, as lojas e o movimento nas ruas de Paharganj. Vemos novos turistas chegando, outros saindo para seus próximos destinos. Os novos turistas tem aquele olhar de surpresa, maravilhados com tudo que veem, provavelmente a mesma expressão que tínhamos quando chegamos na Ìndia há quatro meses e meio.

Tinha um grupo de jovens australianos, todos usando um uniforme khaki. Eles parecem muito assustados enquanto ouviam as instruções do lider do grupo, e depois se separam em pequenos grupos para explorar. Mochilas na frente, com as mãos entrelaçadas sobre elas, andando bem perto dos companheiros. Será que a gente parecia assim tão assustados quando chegamos? Observamos tudo isso enquanto tomávamos masala chai com um tio Sikh, dono da loja de especiarias.

Vamos fazer as últimas compras, pegar as roupas prontas com Monti. Decidimos tingir nossos cabelos com Hennah, um processo bem longo. Quando nosso cabelo está pronto, quase todas as lojas já estão fechadas ou fechando. Passamos na frente de uma loja de saris, e Claudia decide comprar mais um, o último da viagem. O preço está razoavel, compramos um sari de festival, vermelho com paetês prateados. De volta ao hotel terminamos de empacotar tudo nas malas e fizemos os últimos preparativos para o nosso vôo, que vai sair bem cedo.

Foi melancólico, e um pouco “agri-doce”, triste e alegre ao mesmo tempo. Estávamos felizes por estar voltando para casa, mas tristes de deixar a Índia ao mesmo tempo.

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