Well, I thought I'd join in.
17.01.2010 - 01.02.2010 30 °C
Well, as the title suggests, this is the first time I have even considered blogging about my manic travelling. I have been thinking about it for a while but always wondered if anyone would actually be interested. But decided today, why the heck not!
As the blog name suggests, I am not a travel professional but I am a professional who travels A LOT. A 40 something professional woman in a man's world (heavy engineering) who spends large amounts of time in Asia, South America, USA, Europe (so far, pretty much everywhere except Africa). I generally travel alone and to be honest I prefer it that way.
So, if I start this sorry tale in 2010. I was originally scheduled to spend 3 months in India. Then, over Christmas, I was asked to go to Brazil for a couple of days. Now this may sound insane but it isn't the shortest time I have spent there - that was 24 hrs. That week I went in to work all day Monday, flew Monday night, got to Brazil Tuesday lunchtime, left weds lunchtime, got home Thurs night and was back in work on Friday. THAT was manic. 24 hours in Stockholm was bad but Brazil - that was a 13 hr flight.
So, having tootled over to Brazil in January I was back with my family for 1 week before heading out to South India.
I am just finishing month 1 of being here and as always, I love it.
I know others have complained about the reaction they get being single women in India. I haven't really noticed anything like that. OK, I am over 6ft tall and built like a wrestler so maybe that puts people off a bit but?????
The oddest thing I have found is the reaction fo women and children. They want to touch your arm - just a quick "accidental" brush. I was visiting a temple recently and managed to silence all of the screaming babies just by smiling at them. The mothers were very pleased. The older kids (6 - 8 yr old) just stood open mouthed and stared. Then they wanted to shake hands. It was amazing. I think they are not used to a tall white woman, wearing a Ganesh pendant, barefoot, queueing up to visit a temple and be blessed.
The locals also are terrified incase you get anything too spicy. I try to tell them that spice is not a problem for me but still, I feel they are toning it down.
As the hotel i am using at the moment has a nice looking pool I decided to investigate what I should wear to swim as I have never seen any women in the water. It seems that basic normal clothing is the thing! So I will be buying a swimsuit and wearing it with a T shirt and long shorts. Suits me! I'm not a person to reveal acres of flesh anyway.
Tonight promises to be a whole new experience. I am taking a local train on an overnight 10hr trip south. I won't be alone. One of my (male) work colleagues is coming with me but having seen some documentaies about Indian train travel I am a little apprehensive.
One tip I would give any budding traveller. Even if you are not a polyglot like me (I love languages and get frustrated when I can't speak them), please learn to say Hello and Thank you in the relevant local language. I guarantee it will get you a surprised expression, a broad smile and better service (well it does in Tamil Nadu!).
Well, that's about it for now. If you want to know anything please let me know and I will do my best to answer.