After a long 15 hour non-stop flight from Chicago, we finally arrived at the brand new, state-of-the-art airport in Dehli, feeling exhausted and completely turned around by the significant time change. It was 8 PM in Dehli and 8 AM at home! Although we both slept well, thanks to all the wine, the jet lag was still very strange.
We were met at the airport by a driver (no one drives themselves in India!) and we safely arrived at our hotel forty-five minutes later, still wondering whether or not we were dreaming (I’ve never seen anything like it before! Cows all over the road, mountains of garbage piled on the dirt sidewalk and most of all, insane driving!). Instantly, we were greeted by our smiling host with the traditional namaste, which literally means “I greet the divine inside of you”. Next a traditional marigold necklace and a white katta scarf, were wrapped around our shoulders, and the “third eye” tikka was dotted with care on our forehead to remind us that we needed to see India with an open mind (indeed!).