Annette and daughters with Bhaskar, December 2012

We’ve had a great and extended trip. We did a tour of Rajasthan, from Mandawa to Agra by Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, and Jaipur. From Agra, we took the night train to Varanasi and continued thence by plane to Delhi. In short, we’ve been doing and seeing a lot. Varanasi especially was very impressive. But the forts and palaces in the cities were also beautiful. The natural environment was, at times, similar to that of Curaçao, where we lived for a number of years, so this was familiar to us. Culture, of course, is entirely different.

I was amazed by the pervasive dirtiness: rats in trains, and things like that. We have enjoyed everything different, the nice food, the beautifully coloured saris, the markets, and the temples. A colleague of mine was in India at the same time. He doesn’t want to go back because of its dirtiness. I don’t know if I’ll return to India – there’s so much to see in the world – but I found it to be great! Transportation was fine, the driver (Bhaskar) polite and proper. He was always on time, and things like that.