So this is my late good bye india post.
At the time i am finishing this draft, we are already back in Germany and ate our first Schnitzel on Saturday evening. The flight back home went more or less well (thanks to Online Checkin), even though the Delhi airport was very confusing… But lets do a little review for a few more details and feedback.
– Thanks to some other Koenig students, we found a proper tailor! As usual in India, everyone stared at us and the manager instantly charged us, asking us for our wishes. Being european, you are kind of overwhelmed by so much customer care, because you are not used to it. Fortunately the manager was very kind and spoke very good english, so we quickly felt comfortable in his shop, which by the way had western standard. We told him our departure would be in just 3 days ahead and asked if it would be possible to get a suit done in this short time. After a confident “YES, SURE!” we tried to find the right fabric, which took quite a while because there were millions to choose from. Next up we had to decide on a design and all the extras we wanted to have, followed by detailed measuring of my size. Two hours and a coffee later we were finally done. On Thursday, we went back to the tailor for the fitting of the jacket, which already looked quite good. We inquired to see the trousers too, which unfortunatly didn’t fit! Now it was going to get close for them, because there was only 1 night left to fix this. The manager promised us that there will be no charge at all if they failed to make this right. Next day (shortly before our departure)i tried the trousers again and they fit perfect. It was quite a challenge for them to create a complete suit in just 3 days, but they did great. So here is my recommendation for “Reid & Taylor” on Rajpur Road in Dehradun. The price for the complete suit was 110 Euro (6800 Rupees), most of it for the fabric.
Reid & Taylor in Dehradun
– I followed my lovely wifey for some shopping at the market. We took a Tuk-Tuk and got dropped of at Clock Tower right at the start of the chaos. Welcome to the most annoying shopping experience ever. It’s common knowledge that men don’t like shopping, except for the huge electronic stores or some other special shops. This was pure madness. Imagine a shopping street, with just 5-6m width, thousands of small shops that basically just sold jewels, food or cloth… crowded like hell and on top of that motorbikes everywhere. They were either parked in the way or chasing you from all sides… and as usual supported by lots of horn sounds. I have no idea how people are supposed to buy anything or look into the show cases, being in constant danger! After endless hours of running around we finally got Sandra’s shawls. If you ever thought Frankfurts main shopping mile at christmas time is chaos, check out indian markets on Diwali.
– Fun note, we went into a bookstore because i had hoped to find some cheap english computer books for a few topics or programming languages.. but i was shocked because all i could find were old Windows 3.1 and Word 97 books 😉
– Beware of indian firecrackers! I remember some years ago, radio announcements telling me not to buy firecrackers in the countries around germany like poland or czech republic because of unforseen explosions. We bought them anyway cause they were much louder than the german firecrackers. But you should really see the indian ones.. everytime you dropped a firecracker it caused a blast like a grenade and left over a crater.
– Good Bye Madhuban Hotel! Special thanks to all the employees in the Madhuban hotel who brought us a newspaper every morning, made us scrambled eggs, made our laundry for a cheap price and cleaned our room without having a hoover. The room was pretty nice, not exactly european 4****, but clean, with a very nice view and a very comfortable bed. I am just glad we didnt stay at the cheaper Grand Meedos Hotel, which was located right at the street with all the noise and polution.
– I would also like to thank all the friendly indians we met there. With the religion permanently present, (pictures, statues and merchandising articles) everyone seemed very calm, friendly and relaxed. One thing Indians definately need to care more about is their environment. They have a very healthy way of life, only vegetables, no meat, no drugs… but the polution problem causes the deadliest diseases ever. Another negative thing to say is about the garbage everywhere, which often makes amazing temples and beautiful places look dirty und ugly. Not to mention there is a climatic change that will probably hit countries like India or southern asia FIRST!
Please keep clean !
– The Pizza Hut in Dehradun does not deserve our Thanks at all, because they were the reason for our sickness on the way back. Obviously the pincher Pepsi wasn’t coming from a bottle and kind of poisoned us. We still havent fully recovered from this.
– Europeans, maybe it is because of being in a foreign country or maybe because all the indian people looking at you like you are an alien… but europeans in India seem to instantly bond with each other and get a conversation running. Usually europeans wouldnt talk to each other without apparent reason. This totally changed in India because everyone seems to be happy to find another ‘familiar’ face, which most likely shares the same experiences here and most likey speaks good english! So this Thanks goes to all those nice students out there, which became our friends or provided some company 🙂 Greetings especially to the peeps from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium 🙂
– Traveling back started very funny. On the way to the train station, our british mate got a phonecall from Koenig, because he forgot his keys. Being a little under pressure to catch our train, we still had to wait then for someone from Koenig to bring the keys. Being constantly under attack from beggers / kids asking for money or food this was a long wait. Finally a Koenig’s Sysadmin showed up on his motorbike and brought the keys 🙂
Then our travel towards home continued. The train was easy to find and the Koenig staff helped us with everthing. Thanks a lot for this! On the 6 hour train trip back to Delhi we have been watching Becker Episodes on my Macbook. Fortunately we had a power socket right above our window. Well we still had to monitor the socket all the time, because the plug was about to fall out everytime the train was shaking a little.
In Delhi we got picked up from Koenig Staff Members who spoke very good English and brought us to the car, which then took our british collegue to his hotel and us to the Delhi airport.
The Delhi airport was basically very good, except there is military checking you in and you have to fill out this immigration form again.
– Thanks to the early ONLINE checkin, we got our seats in the plane this time, which were in the very back of the plane. This was a lucky circumstance since Sandra was hit pretty hard by this nasty stomache problem and was basically camping the toilet the entire flight. I was able to sleep some and then we were back in Germany again 🙂
We took a taxi back home and were glad to eat our first Schnitzel the next day…
– The nasty stomache and diarrhea was keeping us busy for a total of two weeks.
– After all it was a very nice experience and most of the credit for it goes to the Koenig staff. Everything was very well organized and taken care off. I can recommend it for everyone who wants some adventure and experiences in a foreign country along with a cheap way to get some of the most accepted IT certificates around.