My journey to India

I have arrived in India!!!

Dearest family & friends: many of you have asked what my journey getting here was like, so this is for you. My first flight left Tampa around 12 noon on Saturday, March 1st. I landed in Detroit at 2:45 p.m. I had a very quick layover and left Detroit a little past 4:00 p.m. I landed in Amsterdam ahead of schedule at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 2nd. I then had an 8 hour layover, so I rented a hotel that charges by the hour in the Schiphol airport called Yotel. I’m serious when I say Yotel is the Best. Invention. Ever. I can never sleep on planes – not even for a few minutes, so I was beyond exhausted when I got off the plane in Amsterdam. Yotel pretty much saved my life because without it, I truly don’t think I could have made it through this long journey. I was only able to sleep for less than a half hour in the Yotel even though I was very comfortable – my heart wouldn’t stop racing so it made it difficult to fall asleep. Regardless, it was nice to be able to rest in a comfortable bed and shower in between two long flights.

This was my first time in the Schiphol airport. The girl at the reservation desk at Yotel told me I would not have to go through security (I was already through) before boarding my plane to Delhi. The lady at the information desk in the airport told me that yes, I would have to go through security. So, I checked in to my Yotel room at 6:00 a.m. and checked out at 10:30 a.m. and headed to my gate. I was feeling extremely nauseous (I get nauseous when I am over-tired) – so bad in fact, I actually had thoughts of intentionally missing my flight to Delhi. I simply could not imagine getting on another flight, never mind another long flight. I know I would be feeling much worse if I hadn’t gotten a hotel room, so I sucked it up and put on my Seabands (wristbands that use acupressure to help relieve motion sickness and nauseousness). It did not appear that I would have to go through security so I wandered around knowing I had plenty of time. Wrong. I came back to my gate to find that Schiphol apparently does things differently for some flights – there was a security section just for my gate. I had time – I was not too rushed; however, I did not have time to use the restroom before boarding and didn’t have time to buy something to eat (other than fruit). I had not eaten since my early dinner on my flight to Amsterdam. I couldn’t imagine eating when I was feeling the way I was feeling.

Those Seabands I mentioned? Another absolute lifesaver on this trip. I felt fine by the time I boarded the plane and felt fine for the entire 8 hour flight to Delhi. Thank the Lord, because I don’t think I would have made it if I still felt awful. I sat next to a very nice Indian man who now lives in Canada – and his 13 year old son. I was so happy to be seated next to such kind people. My flight left at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 2nd and we arrived in Delhi at 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 3rd.

The line for the immigration check was utterly insane. Once I made it through that line, I did not have to collect any bags since I did manage to travel carry-on only!!! Woohoo! I went through customs and my friend picked me up from the airport. The drive to my hotel was only about 25 minutes and I was so happy to have a bed and a hot shower. I showered and didn’t go to bed until 4:45 a.m. At this point, I had been awake for 35 hours straight (with only a few minutes of sleep at the Yotel). I was beyond exhausted but oddly enough, felt more than fine and was quite wired. I was grateful to have been given two lovely Indian meals on the plane so I didn’t have to worry about food for awhile. I took melatonin but really didn’t fall asleep until around 7:30 a.m. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I was freezing in my room (a shock because this is India after all!! – amazing air conditioning!) I woke up in a panic at 10:06 wondering if I had missed breakfast, so I went downstairs to see, and a young boy said I had not missed the free breakfast – it is served until 10:30 a.m. He led me to the rooftop where I enjoyed a nice breakfast. Beautiful Indian music was playing in the background. This is when it hit me – I am in India.

I am so excited to go shopping for beautiful Indian clothes later today. I have today, tomorrow and Wednesday to rest before the tour starts on Thursday.

FYI – the weather today is very nice. High temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, it is going to warm up to 80 by the end of the week.

Sorry I don’t have any photos yet. I can’t charge any of my electronic items because I still need to purchase an adapter – I realized right before I left that I didn’t have one for any of Asia.

2 thoughts on “My journey to India

  1. Hi Chelsea!! I’m so excited to read your blog, this is Melody! Here’s to refresh your memory in case you don’t recall, we met in Santorini three years ago and we are friends on FB. I was looking for a follow button on your blog but don’t see one. I loved reading your journey to Inidia, I can feel your excitement, We are so much alike! I’ll be living vicariously through you for now as I wait for my journey to start. I’m hoping to leave the States in a few months. Please keep writing and post pics!! So excited for you!

  2. Nevermind, I found the link to follow your blog. This is my blog,I should start writing more when I leave Florida again. Hope you are enjoying every minute of it!

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