After a grand total of 34 hours of travel, we’ve arrived safely in Agra! Our travels were fairly uneventful, all things considered. (More on the journey itself later.)
We were greeted in New Delhi by the district governor with signs and flowers — red roses and bright yellow daisies for our team leader, Megan, and necklaces of bright orange marigolds for the rest of the team.
We all piled into this minivan at about 3:30 A.M. with our trusty driver, Sirinder. (I may be botching that spelling, but that’s my very best phonetic attempt.)
Good thing he can tie good knots, right? It took about 4 hours to get to Agra, and after arriving at the wrong hotel once, we found our hotel and have settled in. We had a quick breakfast of eggs and toast with a new friend from Poland, Magdalena, and retreated for showers and naps.
Immediate impression of Agra? There are monkeys. Everywhere. And there are dogs. Everywhere. And they don’t seem to get along.
We’re headed to the Taj Mahal this afternoon. Is this real life?