Well, there's much to blog but I've been a bit sick and bedraggled last few days after long bus and train rides from Manali to Delhi to Varanasi. But I will unravel the latest happenings in due time....
I left Manali on the 24th to meet up with Nori in Varanasi. Took a 17 hour overnight bus ride to Delhi and then six hours later took another 17 hour overnight train to Varanasi to arrive aton the 26th at 6:30am in Varanasi. The train ride was general second class or something like that. It was very cheap and I spent much of the time standing, squished among Indians. Early on during the ride I got stuck behind the train door which then was left open with me stuck behind it.
I met a nice Indian guy, Suchin, who doesn't like his country and would like to move to USA someday where the people and culture are more sophisticated. It was very nice sitting with our legs dangling from the train. My way of traveling.
The doors of the train were open most of the ride.
First day in Varanasi the trio is once again reunited. Rachel and Nori walk ahead along the ghats on the Ganges river.
There was a festival the second day where "Krishna" floated around in the water and then jumped in. You can see Krishna in orange supported by a log.
Massive waterbuffalo rule the streets of Benares.
Okay, more soon! I started taking Hindi lessons and might do an exchange where I teach English to an Indian and he teach me Hindi.