Now I've completely lost my mind...
Tomorrow morning, I'm driving up to Chicago to stop at the Indian Embassy to pick up my visa for a trip to India. I'm currently at my parents' house in Lewistown, where I spent Thanksgiving. The drive from here to Chicago is typically a three-hour tour, but -- and there's always a but when you're travelling with me -- I first have to drive out of my way to my apartment in Newman to pick up my passport. This will add... about two extra hours to the journey all because I wasn't attentive enough to pick it up as I left on Wednesday. Ah well, as long as I find some coffee early on the trip I'll be OK.
So -- India. Wow. This is the exclamation point to a sincerely crazy 2005 for me, a year-long excursion that started on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, took me to my four-month home in the Mojave Desert of California, and then saw me off to places like Seattle and Missoula and Houston and Boston and DC and Japan. Now -- India.
My itinerary looks something like this... and this is a very rough sketch since I'd rather be in bed right now...
- Wed Dec 28: Chicago to New Delhi
- Thurs Dec 29: Chicago to New Delhi
- Fri Dec 30: New Delhi
- Sat Dec 31: Rajasthan
- Sun Jan 1: Rajasthan
- Mon Jan 2: Rajasthan
- Tues Jan 3: Ambala
- Wed Jan 4: Shimla
- Thurs Jan 5: Shimla
- Fri Jan 6: Ambala to Allahabad
- Sat Jan 7: Allahabad
- Sun Jan 8: Allahabad to Kolkata
- Mon Jan 9: Kolkata
- Tues Jan 10: Kolkata
- Wed Jan 11: Kolkata
- Thurs Jan 12: Kolkata to Mumbai
- Fri Jan 13: Kolkata to Mumbai
- Sat Jan 14: Mumbai
- Sun Jan 15: Mumbai
- Mon Jan 16: Mumbai to New Delhi
- Tues Jan 17: New Delhi
- Wed Jan 18: New Delhi to Chicago
I'll have to go into more detail some other time, but not tonight. I need some rest before heading off on my visa adventure tomorrow. It feels so funny to have $150 in cash in my pocket--checks and credit cards are not allowed for the visa purchase. Off to bed... and we'll see if my Indian friends have any comments for me when I check back in here.
Check out this website for more info on India. It's a website of the Ministry of Tourism. So hopefully its mostly correct: http://www.incredibleindia.org