MAY 24, 15 .. A DAY IN MY LIFE .. TRAVEL PLANNING ..

I am not-at-all-sure of how many of you look at my TRAVEL PLANS .. The button above to the right of POSTS. Yesterday I wrote that .. In terms of my travel within India before I fly back to Hong Kong on June 4th that I was not sure of what I wanted to do nor when I wanted to do it.

By the way .. IF you don’t look at my travel plans I cannot blame you because I have not done the best-of-jobs keeping this page up-to-date and current.

Yesterday suddenly I came up with my perfect plan.

Take a train from New Delhi to Puri Odisha .. Then return from Puri to Agra Cantt .. Then from Agra Cantt return back to New Delhi and fly to Hong Kong June 4th. A nifty circuit. Yes Patti it shocked me when I saw Orissa is now called Odisha! Puri is too small to be shown by name on the below map. You can always zoom in using the (+) button on the vertical scale on the left side of the map or zoom out using the (-) button. Then you click the cursor onto the map and holding the mouse down move the map as you wish.

 

So off to the railway station here in New Delhi in the HEAT I walked yesterday afternoon. I waited only about 10 minutes before I sat down with a booking officer. There was no problem in booking a train from New Delhi to Puri leaving Monday the 25th. Done deal. Then I said I want to go from Puri Odisha back to Agra Cantt.

 

“Sir we can’t confirm that .. The train is full .. No seats available” .. “OK then book me from Puri back to New Delhi.” .. “Sir we can’t do that either.”

“You mean you can get me to Puri but not back to New Delhi?” .. “That Sir is correct .. At least not on the dates that you are requesting to travel Sir.”

“OK book me from Puri going North to Calcutta. Then to New Delhi.” .. “No berths available either Sir.” .. “OK book the Rajdhani Express from New Delhi to Calcutta.” .. “Sorry Sir .. No berths available.”

STRIKE THREE AND I WAS O-U-T!

I decided that I would NOT extend my stay in India past June the 4th in order to make the above (New Delhi to Puri to Agra Cantt to New Delhi) plan work. Yes I sure considered it but after pondering the idea I remained firm in my resolve to return to Hong Kong on June 4th.

So I am going to Agra Cantt next Thursday the 28th and will return to New Delhi on Monday the 1st of June and fly back to Hong Kong June 4th.

So much for my travel plans.

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Today I set three priorities for myself. Go to the New Delhi YMCA to just chill out. Get postcards to write to YOU. Go to McDonald’s and get a Blueberry and Chocolate Brownie McFlurry.

The topmost balloon in the map below is McDonald’s. The second balloon is my post card shop. Those two I got to. Then the HEAT TOOK ME DOWN and I came back to my hotel not wanting to walk the long walk in the heat to the YMCA the lowest balloon on the bottom left below. You can see that is a LONG walk!

 

So out and off I went to McDonald’s. McDonald’s is in the B BLOCK of Connaught Place in the center of New Delhi. Notice the crowd!

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I am now in the B BLOCK walking towards McDonald’s which will be coming up on the right side of the walkway. Below you can see McDonald’s past the RED ZEN signs on the right.

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McDonald’s is one busy place!

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Connaught Place is one busy place also! I mean .. Stop and take a moment .. and look at all of the people! Hong Kong has nothing on New Delhi when it comes to crowds!

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I got a Blueberry Chocolate Brownie McFlurry ..

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And I got a DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE McFlurry!

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These photos do NOT do justice to the quantity of Chocolate in this McFlurry! Look if you will at the inside of the cup!

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Now well ‘armed’ with some energy .. I was off to the Post Card Shop I have been going to for some several decades!

My Post Card Shop is in the A BLOCK of Connaught Place in central New Delhi. The B BLOCK where McDonald’s is located is to our back in the below photos.

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We are now into the A BLOCK ..

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Below are some photos of the area to the left of the above photo that lie outside of the above covered walkway.

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In the distance straight ahead below is the B BLOCK where McDonald’s is located.

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There are many very high class shops in Connaught Place!

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Here is my Post Card Shop and Bookstore.

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The post cards are outside of the store.

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Dog Days let me tell you all!

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A quick aside .. I did NOT shoot the above photos when I went out in the early afternoon. NO it was just too scorching hot. I went back to my hotel and cooled down and slept and rested. Then I went back out to shoot them about 6PM when the heat had diminished considerably. YES I had McFlurrys at noontime and again at 6PM so I could shoot the photos of the CHOCOLATE MONSTER!

Smiles .. Cap

2 thoughts on “MAY 24, 15 .. A DAY IN MY LIFE .. TRAVEL PLANNING ..

  1. Patti

    Right off the bat, I said to myself, “He has misspelled Orissa…I cannot believe it!” Then, your explanation … it is now spelled Odisha. Goes along with when they changed Bombay to Mumbai I guess. Anyway, so you do not get to go to Puri (sigh, beautiful Puri with the unbelievable sand castles on the beach), but … you get to be in New Delhi for a few more days of Mc Flurries! Nice to see Connaught Place. The dog in the picture looks like he is really feeling the heat also! Glad you have air conditioning in your room! Hugs. Patti

    1. cap chastain

      I Googled Orissa and the name was changed in year 2011. It goes into the whys and the wherefores. I’ll bet you wondered when you saw the new name. As I sit here on Monday I am just as happy that I am NOT on a train to Puri today. Smiles and Thanks for checking this Post out. Love .. Cap

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