Landing in India late in the evening – as usual the Passport Control guys were a bit grumpy and authoratative.. but that’s their job. I didn’t have the exact address of where I was going so that caused a little “humphy-ness”.. but once that was over – all else was easy.
Yes I got ripped off.. or should I say I allowed myself to be ripped off by the taxi tout outside the airport.. and probably paid at least $10 more than I should have for the ride to the hotel. The driver had an ancient car, had no fuel and we had to queue at the gas station and he got lost.. ha! so what.. we drove a little.. and saw the sights .. not that they were so attractive in the industrial messiness of the airport area.. but finally we found the bright lights of the Orange Suites Airport Transit Stay buried in the back tracks and he dropped me off.
I paid him less the toll fees – that had remained unmentioned .. “Oh madam I am a poor man” he said with a smile…. “yes” I said .. “I know .. but I will be a poor woman if I pay you all you ask!!” and off he went laughing.
And into the hotel.. 5 ‘boys’ waiting for the luggage..
The one who escorts me up in the lift wearing a bright blue T shirt that just makes him look like an Adonis .. I compliment him on the colour and his face lights up like a gem..
Oh the place of the easy smiles that come with the heart.. this is India.. I do so love this land of crazy intensity – noise, dirt smells, garbage and people that grab your heart and expand it to encompass the world.
And my hotel.. oh lucky me.. I scored a good one.. its a one star trying hard and succeeding to be a 3 star.. a hairdryer no less!! and clean .. AC and a fan.. hot water.. what more can a girl want for only $24!