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Dan’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 17 May 2006

Location: Agra, India

MapSup blog followers,

Left Delhi and took the train to Amritsar. After checking into the hotel, we hired a driver to take us to the border between India and Pakistan. Every day at sun rise and sun set, they have a choreographed "show" where each side takes down their respective flag. It's a HUGE spectacle and I was amazed by how many people came to see it. Us white people were seated in the VIP section..AWESOME.

The nest day H and I visited the golden temple and walked around down town Amritsar. The heat was in the high 40s and neither of us could handle it for too long. We only spent a couple hours out of the hotel. Ended the night by watching Drake and Josh, a show on Nickelodeon, and now H and my favorite show.

Today, H and I arrived in Agra after a LONG journey. We departed Amritsar on the 510AM train, were picked up in Delhi and then driven to Agra. Arrived here at around 4ish. After a short rest in our hotel, we headed to the Taj Mahal. Very impressive. We are just checking email (something that has been rather difficult since arriving in India), then heading to the hotel for dinner and a good night sleep. [Our last two night have been rather interesting...The first night in Amritsar we had someone try to get into our room in the middle of the night. Scared the S#(&% out of me. After that we heard gun shots outside. RAT tatatatatata. Machine gun fire. The only thing i could say is..."So when are we going to Austria???"

Little side note: There was a security guard in our hotel, walking around the lobby with a machine gun. I thought that that was a little overkill, but decided that that's how they "roll" in Punjab. THEN...i saw two other plain clothed males with machine guns. That's when i thought to myself that we are gonna be REALLY SAFE here or i should be REALLY worried.

I still don't know what was going on with the gun shots that we heard at night. Murder, celebration, I just don't know. H and I got out of there alive so all is well.

Hopefully tonight is going to be more pleasant. We are going to Jaipur tomorrow and will spend the day after that there too. Then it's off to Mumbai in the morning and then to Austria in the night..ONLY THREE MORE SLEEPS...WOOT WOOT

I'm sorry that i can't upload any pictures at this time. They will come in Austria. And...when i get home you can look at all 5000 of them.

Till the next time..