Travels, Life In Albany, 2012

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Return to Delhi. =0= Return to Delhi. =0=
That afternoon we flew back to Delhi on Jet Airways. However, while we were away a monk had set himself on fire because a Chinese official was visiting India and the act was a protest against conditions in Tibet under Chinese rule. As a result, all Tibetans were required to stay in the camp (they were not permitted to leave) and all the shops are closed. I guess that is a reflection of being refugees who really have no rights at all. All the restaurants were closed too, so we had to go across the pedestrian bridge for meals. We had planned to have an end of trip luncheon, but since the restaurants were closed we instead met in Lamala's room for our get together. I decided to explore using Delhi's public transportation. I noticed that every manhole cover was missing. I guess they had been iron covers and were stolen to be sold as scrap. THe man hole covers I saw elsewhere were cement with steel frames / reinforcement. Not worth stealing. Return to Delhi. =0=
Tibetan Camp Crack Down. =0= Exploring Delhi. =0=
Exploring Delhi. =0= Exploring Delhi. =0=
I walked to the closest subway which was about two miles I guess (couldn't find out exactly without internet access) as it took me about 30 minutes. I took a picture of pigs roaming the streets looking for something to eat. I found the subway station just fine and it had security where everyone was briefly checked before they could get on the subway (though the checks seemed to get a quicker as there were more people). This yellow line subway was part of the main subway system and quite nice, though it was clearly more utilitarian than the separate subway route to the airport. The cost to go three stops was an incredible 16 cents with a card that you could refill as needed (they had a one dollar deposit which I might be able to get a refund on later). Exploring Delhi. =0=
Exploring Delhi. =0= Exploring Delhi. =0=
Exploring Delhi. =0= Exploring Delhi. =0=
The payment and exit process was virtually identical to those in Istanbul. There were also clear directions to the old Delhi train station shown here. I had been hoping to take a train to Meerut (about 40 miles away), but discovered you really need to plan which train you want to take. Each train has different class of service available with express trains costing about 4 to 6 dollars and with reserved seats on particular cars. The basic train was only 22 cents each way. Yikes! Unfortunately, the next basic train was two hours later at 1:45PM, with my target turn around time of 2PM that didn't work (I didn't want to be out too late). Below is the area to purchase tickets (if you didn't get a reserved seat on an express train on-line) and also the now routine security check. Exploring Delhi. =0=
Exploring Delhi. =0= Exploring Delhi. =0=
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