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  • lauragayle
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    ah! Thanks!!

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by lauragayle View Post
    maybe they ran out of regular tags??
    oh - sorry, i think i was making a joke that wasn't very funny :).

    i think they just grab whatever tags they have the most of and put them on the handbags. what the tag says isn't of significance. the tag is just something to get stamped when you go through security.

    i'm sure when this tag is put on a checked bag, it is because the bag is over a certain wieght.

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  • lauragayle
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    maybe they ran out of regular tags??

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  • maverick
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    shiva, you're a braver (crazier?) soul than i! :)

    Originally posted by Shiva View Post
    But I love all the craziness of it---and I guess I still drive there, although it gets harder and harder!!

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  • maverick
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    hi timothy,

    good luck with the bar! i hope it goes well!

    i haven't been up to the kashmir region, but a couple of my friends have been and had a fabulous time! it helps to have a good guide with you.

    getting a visa for india is quite easy. if you have a u.s. passport, india and the u.s. have a bilateral agreement that allows u.s. citizens to get a 10 year multiple entry tourist visa for india. you fill out an application online. if you live close to the place that will process your visa, you can drop off your application and passport in the morning and pick it up in the evening. otherwise, you mail it in and get it back pretty quickly. they say it takes 3 days for non-u.s. citizens, but my wife has a canadian passport, and we dropped hers off in the morning and got it back the same evening.

    but don't travel there without a visa. the airline attendant checking you in / boarding you should be checking your passport to confirm that you have a valid visa so that you don't get there only to have to come back.

    having said that, a friend of mine traveled unknowingly on an expired visa to india. after a bit of hassle, the authorities at the airport in new delhi issued him a tourist visa. but at first, they wanted to put him back on a plane.

    just plan a few weeks in advance and getting a visa for india should not be a problem.

    Originally posted by timothy View Post
    Maverick: If I end up being able to go next spring, I'll be sure to ask for advice here -- thanks for the offer. It will depend on several things, though:

    - Will I have taken the bar, and felt confident about passing? If not, I might not feel good about going on a big trip.
    - What will the airfares be like? There have been some great ones in the last year, but a year hence ... hard to say. I paid a lot for my tickets to Israel, not in global-historical-cost-per-mile-divided-by-hourly-income terms, but Hey, I've got a fair amount of school debt I'm chipping away at.
    - Global political situation, though I have no *special* worries about that wrt visiting India. Friend of mine visited the Kasmir region 2 years ago -- something that I'm sure the average tourist agency would discourage, but he had a good adventure.
    - Visa hassles; I hear they're pretty bad for visiting India. (Semi-) funny story: a different friend of mine, a real world traveler in general, got cheap tickets there from London ... and (uncharacteristically foolishly) didn't realize that a visa would be needed for a short stay. So she flew there ... and had to fly right back. Which I can chuckle at now, but I did something similar once. (I assumed that I could visit Korea for a short time with no special visa -- and while I was happily correct, realized with heart-in-throat that there could have been some document necessity I'd overlooked only on disembarking in Seoul. I shall remember that feeling of dread forever ....)

    timothy

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  • Shiva
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    hey folks:
    Maverick: great pictures! I have a great time going home--and it is still "home" although I have lived in the US now far longer than at home! But I love all the craziness of it---and I guess I still drive there, although it gets harder and harder!! I think travel at home is like being on a roller coaster in an amusement park here...heheeheh!!! So I guess I don't get so worried..it is just part of the madness....Rome comes quite close to this I was surprised to realize! Maybe that is why Sonia Gandhi (an Italian) is so comfortable being in India!!!
    I think you should all visit; I am from the South of India..so any tips you need let me know.
    Also: visa--it is not hard to get a tourist visa! Most Americans assume they don't need a visa to go anywhere cos we are used to visiting Europe without them! But yes, we do--just as other folks need one when coming here!

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  • timothy
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    Maverick: If I end up being able to go next spring, I'll be sure to ask for advice here -- thanks for the offer. It will depend on several things, though:

    - Will I have taken the bar, and felt confident about passing? If not, I might not feel good about going on a big trip.
    - What will the airfares be like? There have been some great ones in the last year, but a year hence ... hard to say. I paid a lot for my tickets to Israel, not in global-historical-cost-per-mile-divided-by-hourly-income terms, but Hey, I've got a fair amount of school debt I'm chipping away at.
    - Global political situation, though I have no *special* worries about that wrt visiting India. Friend of mine visited the Kasmir region 2 years ago -- something that I'm sure the average tourist agency would discourage, but he had a good adventure.
    - Visa hassles; I hear they're pretty bad for visiting India. (Semi-) funny story: a different friend of mine, a real world traveler in general, got cheap tickets there from London ... and (uncharacteristically foolishly) didn't realize that a visa would be needed for a short stay. So she flew there ... and had to fly right back. Which I can chuckle at now, but I did something similar once. (I assumed that I could visit Korea for a short time with no special visa -- and while I was happily correct, realized with heart-in-throat that there could have been some document necessity I'd overlooked only on disembarking in Seoul. I shall remember that feeling of dread forever ....)

    timothy
    Last edited by timothy; 05-31-2009, 01:05 AM.

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by timothy View Post
    This increases my desire to go to India ... next Spring, maybe? We shall see. Now that I have an Aeronaut (and slept through the "Tristar at original price" time window -- which I regret, but Hey, it happens), I'm looking forward to the next chance to use it ;)

    timothy
    despite everything i described about the driving in india, it is an amazing place to visit and i definitely encourage you to go!

    there is so much history and culture to be discovered that you could get lost in india for a month and still not get to see everything! this has partially to do with how slow and late the trains usually run.

    in addition to the historic places, there are so many different types of cuisines to be enjoyed. punjabi food is different from south indian food which is different from gujarati food which is different from other cuisines found in india.

    when you are making your plans, let me know when you're going and how long you are going to be there and i'll provide some suggestions of places to go.

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by timothy View Post
    Can you explain the "Horn / Speed 40 KM" sticker? Does that mean it's OK to honk if it's going less than that speed?
    hi timothy,

    the "HORN" signage on the left goes along with the "PLEASE" signage on the right.

    you will see this on the back of every truck as well as other commercial vehicles in india.

    not that drivers in india need an invitation to blow their horn.

    here, you may just pass someone and do nothing out of the ordinary. you will flash your turn signal if you're changing lanes. you may flash your high beams once if you want to pass and someone is driving in the passing lane.

    in india, you'll blow the horn when you're passing someone (regardless of whether they are in the way). this is to warn them that you're passing and to protect you so that they know you're passing. the other driver will also blow his horn in acknowledgement.

    you'll blow your horn as you go through an intersection.

    you'll blow your horn as you park your car.

    you'll blow your horn as you pull out of a parking space.

    a friend of mine visiting from the u.s. was traveling by car in india. he was accompanied by someone who lived in india but was originally from the u.s. the one who lived in india had been there long enough to know how things work in india.

    my friend who was visiting commented: "wow, we have a great driver! it's so nice to not hear the horn blowing 10 times a minute." the one who knew the ways said: "no, it must be broken." then he reached up from the back seat and pressed the horn button and said: "here, see." and sure enough, it didn't work.

    if you're not used to it, the stress of riding in a car in india is similar to the stress of having a wild teenager who doesn't come home when they're supposed to. you end up with this awful tightness in your lower back after riding in a car there.

    but it's better than driving there! i couldn't do it.

    when you rent a car in india, by the way, it comes with a driver. you don't drive yourself. you shouldn't drive yourself.

    with regard to the "SPEED 40 K.M." - i believe that means that this truck goes 40km/h. that seems really slow, but repeatedly, we would be going down the road at 120km/h and have to hit the breaks because a truck in front of us was going 40km/h. it was passing one that was going even slower. we'd approach with the horn pressed and either pass the slower truck behind this slow truck or wiggle from the right or the left or in between.
    Last edited by maverick; 05-30-2009, 07:44 PM.

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by bluedenim View Post
    wow very interesting. would love to visit one day.
    and love the pic of you and your areonaut....hot... always nice seeing how the bag looks on people as it looks so comfortable.
    okay, now that i've finished blushing and feeling flattered, i see the "hot" obviously refers to the aeronaut! :) though it could also refer to the 110 degree high temperature in the afternoons in new delhi...

    the backpack straps on the aeronaut make it extremely comfortable to carry. if you aren't carrying too much weight, it's easy to forget that it's there.

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  • timothy
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    Great pics! I esp. like the bumper sticker that left you at a loss for word ;)

    Can you explain the "Horn / Speed 40 KM" sticker? Does that mean it's OK to honk if it's going less than that speed?

    This increases my desire to go to India ... next Spring, maybe? We shall see. Now that I have an Aeronaut (and slept through the "Tristar at original price" time window -- which I regret, but Hey, it happens), I'm looking forward to the next chance to use it ;)

    timothy

    timothy

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  • bluedenim
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    wow very interesting. would love to visit one day.
    and love the pic of you and your areonaut....hot... always nice seeing how the bag looks on people as it looks so comfortable.

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  • KarlJ
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    Thanks for sharing these... very interesting!

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  • maverick
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    a worker in a toll booth is pictured here. let me draw your attention to the big steal beams that surround and protect his office, should a vehicle come flying at him really fast.
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  • maverick
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    some signs on the back of a truck that was in front of us.

    if someone can read gurmukhi, i would love to know what the green one in the middle says.

    but i wanted to bring your attention to the two red ones on either side of the green one.

    "NO LIFE WITHOUT WIFE." this is something i've heard indians say when they're trying to coax you into getting married when you're quite happy remaining free. i find it very annoying.

    "NO KNOWLAGE WITHOUT COLLAGE." this one leaves me at a loss for word.
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