17.07.2012 - 20.07.2012
The flight was about 6hr from Bangkok to Goa, India with 1 stop it cost me $546.00. I travelled to Goa because thats where my roots are from my cousins live there and its my original backround. I got one of my aunts to come pick me up from the airport and take me to her home. I met a lot of my cousins i never knew even existed but apperently theres a lot of them. Most of this trip is going to be getting to know my roots but i do want to fit some travelling in. Driving through India is probably one of the craziest things you can do, its not like here, they dont have any street rules at all, so crossing a road is a lot less safe. My cousins took me down to the beach just to "chill" but i felt like i just did this in thailand so i suggested parasailing or doing atleast something to spice it up. It was the coolest experience ever, it felt like i was flying. Im not a fan of hieghts but the excitement overwhelmed me it kicked the fear out of me. My cousins werent too much of a fan about it but thats okay, atleast they tried. After this is was their treat to take me on a elephant ride. It wasnt as epic but it was definitly cool, i love elephants i think theyre awesome!
The i went to the market to grab spices, walking through smelt so good, all the different flavours drew my nose in different directions it was awesome!The flea market was just as cool, they were both so crowded with people, apperently these are a big deal or something. On our way there was quite the road block, and not just your ordinary car crash, it was cows! Cows were holding up traffic, a herd of them were just taking their time walking across the street and to the locals there, this was absolutely normal. I thought it was absolutely nuts.
When we got back to the house there was ANOTHER family there to meet me, i felt like a celebrity or something, this family said they were just on their way out to go see the Taj Mahal and was wondering if i wanted to join them. I said Hell Why not? I grabbed my stuff with me and headed out, i thanked my new family for allowing me to stay in their house as i joined this family on their trip to the Taj Mahal. To be honest im not even sure how im related to these people but that doesnt really matter.
The Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural styles. The story behind it was that Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire's period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. The construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, how nice is that.
I talked to the family i was with and told them that there was one more thing i had to see before i left, the body of St. Francis Xavier. They agreed to take me even though it was back in Goa, i didnt mind going back. The body was held at the Basilica of Bom Jesus and is said that the body is a fresh as it was when he died. The tomb is in one of the oldest tombs in Goa, let alone India. We werent allowed to take pictures but it was very impressive especially if youre into the sciences.
That was India for you, a great cultural throwback for me. Lets say bye to asia as we head over to Africa