Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • I have been traveling with little to no internet this week, the last loop of the goMowgli tour- can’t wait to share all my Karnataka information with you. I will be back in Goa relaxing (and catching up on work) later today!
  • I have a question for you guys: My parents are coming to India for the first time about Christmas and before they fly down to Goa, they have the day in Bombay, about 10 hours. I’m going to go meet them there. Other than wandering Colaba, Taj for tea, riding the slow local, and seeing gateway of India, what do you recommend? I don’t think they’ll be enough time for the caves. We’ll definitely try street food though of some of the 10 best places to eat in Bombay that Nikki shared on here.

Now your story/ just me rambling this time,

One thing you’ll notice in Airports all around the world are the occasional lumps of people sleeping on the floor, hugging their backpacks.

People will curve around to make sure not to go near these “homeless looking” backpackers! I mean, how gross that they sleep on the floor… little do they know how tired we are, who knows- maybe haven’t had a bed in days!

What you’ll notice in India is this happens on every train station floor overnight while waiting for bus switches and everyone does it! Not just the poor or backpackers.. it’s just the norm.

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Sleeping at indian train stations its just practical during long waits. It’s great that families and strangers huddle up and keep each other’s things safe. It’s not surprising either since India is a bit dirty (litter, grime, etc) and people who are here a long time are used to that. They also don’t have as much regard for personal space. For example, 4 people may share a sleeper seat to save money, but others may share just to be close! Friends here hold hands and in Goa during siesta people (not homeless) nap on the street. It’s really cool/interesting.

Why do other nationalities think they’re too good for sleeping on dirty floors?! ha, but seriously- I’m happy to live somewhere I can curl up and sleep anywhere because in the U.S. I was starting to get weird looks ;)

This is India!

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