After one of the worst travel nights of my life...
I woke up to THIS:
|On the beach in Mangalore, India|
Two days after arriving in India (and still extremely jet lagged), I set off on a road trip from Bangalore to Goa with my husband and some members of his family. Our first day's stretch was supposed to be an eight-hour drive from Bangalore to Mangalore.
|A building at the resort|
Picture this: Seven adults and two kids in a rented van with a driver whose driving skills were somewhat suspect. Indian roads (AKA more potholes than road in many areas). One flat tire, changing time=1 hour. One vapor locked fuel line, fixing time=2 hours in the dark. One stop between states by local police who desperately wanted a bribe. Our eight-hour drive turned into 14 crazy hours. By the time we reached our destination in Mangalore, we were tired, sweaty, and starving.
|A child playing on the beach|
I had heard great things about the place we were staying in Mangalore and was looking forward to a good meal, warm shower, and great night's sleep. Boy was I in for a surprise. I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say that NONE of my expectations were even close to being met (which is why I'm not going to name the resort). I had a complete breakdown that night, fell into a deep sleep, and then had another mini meltdown the next morning when, after taking a much needed shower, I discovered that they had forgotten to put towels in the room. I'll just blame my high emotions on the jet lag :-)
|More of the beach in the other direction|
And then I stepped out of our room and onto one of the prettiest beaches I've ever seen! After a steaming cup of chai, a hearty Indian breakfast, and a walk up and down the beach, I was a new woman. We headed out that day for Goa, and the rest of the trip was amazing.
Have you had any crazy road trip experiences?
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