India. A place of opposites. Beautiful and ugly. Clean and dirty. Modern and old-fashioned. Illiterate and educated. Rude and helpful. Friendly and dismissive. No matter what; India never fails to surprise and maybe even leave you short of breath at times.
Naturally after six weeks travelling in India, I am ambivalent towards India and Indians. A love-hate relationship. Starting off in the capital New Delhi, which at the time felt big and intimidating, left me with a gigantic culture-shock. My original plan was to head for the clouds in Dharamsala where the Dalai Lama has his headquarters. After four days in a much too overwhelming city I decided to change my plans and head for sun and beach in notorious Goa. And there starts the love part of my India-relationship.
That`s one of the things that makes India so fascinating to travel in. By travelling for just a few hours you can reach a destination so entirely different than the one you travelled from that you might think you`re in a different country. Your surroundings, people, religion, tradition and food has completely changed. From beach and backwaters to mountains and tea plantations in 6 hours. Loved it.