Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 2 India - Dilli Haat and more

Well started off the day getting scammed again but this time a bit of my bad side came out and after screaming a bit to the rickshaw driver he took us to the right place. Finally we seem to have got ourselves a good deal and the people we met were helpful and seem honest (god help us).

We actually went a bit around to Dilli Haat a nice Market with crafts and food were we also tasted our first thali which actually was very good. The crafts on offer there are quite nice and it's a great place to visit for last stop souvenirs - but not now for us as the journey has just started.










After that we went to Hamuyan Tomb which is an architectural marvel and it's easy to realise from where the idea of the Taj came about! I think it's a must see (by the way there is an unexpected huge amount of squirrels playin around in the gardens too!!







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2nd morning in India

So I have to be totally honest - yesterday when we arrived in India the only thing that went ok was the guy meeting us at the airport to take us to the hotel and the hotel room itself which although not much was clean.

In the afternoon tried to go out here in Karol Bagh area only to be scammed by a rickshaw driver who took us to 4 different "tourist offices" at least we didn't move from his rickshaw and he was quite pissed off.

After speaking with the hotels guy in the eve he made us feel a bit more relaxed and showed us the way (on foot) to the actual Market - a street bustling with people selling virtually anything but was great! Well not risking food till now so ended eating KFC what a shame!

Before bed the last hurdle was to be surpassed - taking a shower - well look at the spacecraft style of shower we got here it's something not to take lightly!! But hey it works and has got hot water so I won't complain ;)



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Location:Maharana Pratap Rd,New Delhi,India

Saturday, January 29, 2011

And here we go!

Here we go on Emirates destination Dubai - 1st part of our journey to reach Delhi! This plane looks actually quite cool indeed :)


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Location:Triq L-Industrija,Kirkop,Malta

Friday, January 28, 2011

Final Preparations India...

So I am at the final preparations for India...... Well seems a lot of stuff but the majority is more "precaution" stuff - pills for any kind of ailment, mineral supplement sachets, cause everyone says poop is the order of the day, toilet paper again due the poop factor, adaptors and chargers for my cameras etc... well the works - I just hope I fit all in the backpack!

But I think the most important is the mental preparation - reading lonely planet sometimes makes you scared shitless, then at the end of a really scary article they write... "this doesn't mean you shouldn't visit this place" - what the hell you just scared the crap out of me!!!

Well I am taking a different approach to this - I just want to just pack and go tomorrow and live it and in the process try to update here to leave a mark of what's going on.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Suicide terror attack in Moscow Airport ....cowardly act?

Whenever I hear the words Suicide Bomber I tend to disagree with the term - suicide is something someone does when they are fed up of their lives or there is nothing else to do..... Is this the case with these people? I ask this since as far as I know these people do this act so that they get attention or they try to change something for others, their community, their race etc etc. Couldn't they do something else which they can live to see the effects of it all or are they too afraid to see the aftermath of an explosion and they prefer being the first to die in it?

I personally think that yes there are loads of people with difficulties in the world and some resort to extreme ways to get the media attention, but this is so NOT the way! I know a lot of you agree with me on this point, but I think we have a tendency of just condemning these people and don't take the time to try to understand what they are going through.

This morning I found this video on digg.com and was quite impressed with the whole happenings of the events. You start realizing that the places you feel most safe are in fact the worst places to be! What about public gardens, squares, train station - are these safe?? I guess we humans simply forgot the whole concept of life and we are too obscured by money, careers, races, religions etc Simply imagine our cousins the animals (in general) had these things - wow the world would simply be a constant fight!! But no animals live quite in harmony - they do feed on each other - but in a natural way and they don't bite more than they can actually chew!


I really would love to understand more - why no one seems to want peace!? Why everything is such a competition!? Why no one helps each other!? And then what we end up killing innocent people in the process - (in which could be that the suicide bombers themselves could be innocent and they arrive to doing the act after years of brainwashing - I can never tell and thus won't point fingers at these people as they are still human beings - although their actions go totally against our values and morals).

I sincerely hope that the injured in this bad incident do get better and condolences to the families of those that lost their lives in this act of violence.

You can read more about the incident on bbc.co.uk

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Touch myself..... the song

This morning I heard this song on the radio - and the question comes naturally - what does she really mean with Touch Myself? Is it a metaphor or the real deal?


And it seems that its about the real deal! Take a look at www.songfacts.com  where there is a good in depth explanation about the Touching elements of the song! :)

Well I actually love this - why not express yourself openly and fully no? So from my end they get full points!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So what about our life?

Our life is all full of "wants", "wishes", "hopes", "dreams"..... sometimes these are so strong (and for some real) that seems that some people loose the sense of reality. I am not saying it is wrong to do anything of these but look a bit around you, look at nature does anything else do that? Do dogs (just to give an example with just one animal) dream of having a new kennel or a new owner or simply dream of a nice juicy bone for dinner?

They don't! And that I think is simply because they have a purpose in life. Their purpose is living. Us humans on the other hand try to make the purpose, or simply strive to look for that purpose in life and I guess we simply miss the bigger picture, that our purpose is to live.

I say this because I do that all the time. My mind is constantly thinking, churning up new ideas, trying to create something new and getting pissed when I realize it's already been thought of. I sometimes find myself wasting a day worrying about what's next, instead of enjoying the day and using the time to just feel alive.

I guess we are hard wired to feel and think this way from birth (and even before that!). Even from inside our mother's belly we could feel the stress that human life was putting on our parents. We gradually learn that crying is something to avoid, as although mum and dad come to check us out they seem pretty pissed at us. We used to leave stuff in our dinner plate and the result was that money doesn't grow on trees. The list keeps going on and on and the result is that of building a human being ready to face the world. But is he?

Did anyone teach us the beauty of simple things? Did anyone explain to us that life is simply a journey and not a race? Did anyone show us the greatness of nature?

I might sound like trying to imitate the Dalai Lama, but that is not even an intent! Furthermore I lack all the knowledge and the insight he has in this subject and I am far from being a holy man. What I would like to share is that for quite sometime I was totally engulfed in the race and in which in a way I still am, but gradually I am managing to see things differently, observe more and understand more.

Last Sunday, I went for a walk near the sea in the lovely bay of Mellieha. We were trekking along the shoreline on the rocks with the sea on one side and some lovely fields on the other. Since lately we had some rain there was fresh water flowing down from the fields onto the rocky slopes, filling the holes with fresh water. On closer inspection we realized these holes were full of life, there were tadpoles and we even spotted some Maltese Painted frog, which was a relief to see they are still surviving!

Then it struck me. These frogs were living, reproducing, eating and going about with their lives in a place which ain't so normal to expect to see frogs - near the sea. But yet they were there, happily hopping around their little ponds. These frogs were better then me - all they lived for was to live and that was their "ambition". They don't quit as their normal habitat is a nice fresh water stream, they don't call it a day if the pond is drying up - they just move on and find an alternative, but keep striving to live.

We as humans do that too, but in our way, that in my opinion (and this is only my opinion) is getting a bit too ugly. Our lives became a time table with strict timings, you're born, you grow, learn to speak (a language or two before school), get in school, study, learn a sport discipline or a musical instrument, study, go to collage and university, study, plan your career, study, date, start working, get a house, work, get married, work, have kids, work, work more to advance in your career, work more, retire, enjoy your grandchildren since you didn't have much time to enjoy your kids.

I think in the life we live in today, its normal to be like that and anyone who isn't is looked at as being  different (or even considered lazy or a deviant), but were is the enjoyment of life in all this? I speak about myself, isn't it boring knowing that your next day is simply the same as today? I think it is, so I guess a change is needed, maybe not in the whole time table as parts of it as I said before are needed, but maybe in the way we do things, slow down a bit and enjoy the journey a little bit more.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Setting up this blog!

I decided to create a new blog so that I can freely share (as the title says) my thoughts, my travels and some of my tantrums and thats exactly what I am doing here now - the first post to get this going. It may not be so fascinating, but I think thats the great thing the internet is offering us nowadays - the ability to share - even the most ridiculous and stupid of things - which although we might think might not be so interesting for some might be amazing to read, or simply great to follow or even more a realization that someone else no matter how far or near feels or is experiencing similar moments in his or her life.

So here I ask you, do comment on the posts and leave feedback even if its negative it can be of help to me or someone else!