Friends from our flight hanging out in the airport. We spent all night together in the airport. We got to the airport at 9pm for our midnight flight. We boarded the plane, but fog came in and we sat on the plane for three hours waiting to take-off. Finally, at about 3am the captain decided we couldn't go and that our flight had to be rescheduled for the next day. The flight had to be rescheduled 16 hours later because the flight crew has to have that much time in between flying. So, we were stuck in Delhi until 5:30pm the next day. American Airlines didn't do anything for us-the didn't even make general announcements telling everyone what to do until that time. And, they wouldn't provide food or hotels for anyone. It was horrible and really stressful. But, a group of us stayed at the airport and spent all night talking and laughing and keeping each other's spirits up. If it hadn't been for this group, we would have been toast. The next day we finally boarded the plane, but all of check-in and boarding was a mess again. We left Delhi at 7:15pm and arrived in Chicago at about 11pm on the 30th. Then, we had to go through customs, immigration, wait for our bags and then wait in a long line to get new connecting flights for the next day. American Airlines finally did put us up in hotels that night.
When we got to the hotel, I was OVERJOYED to see this bed. It was fabulous! The only downside is we were only there from 1:30am to 5am because then we had to go back to the airport to catch out plane to Denver. The good thing is we got to rest a little bit and take showers (which was REALLY GOOD, because we had started to smell really bad after all that time in the airport and on the plane.)
So, Mom and I had just left the Nehru memorial and we were on our way to the Gandhi memorial when we saw an elephant on the road. This was mom's first elephant siting in India, so we slowed down the car to take a picture. At that point the boy on top of the elephant asked if we wanted a ride. I agreed, so he stopped the elephant in the middle of the road (cars were honking behind us) and had him kneel down so I could climb up. So, I did! It was great. We were sitting on top of an elephant on top of a bunch of sugar cane. We walked down the road for some time and then he dropped me off. The elephant was so beautiful, really obedient and super sweet.
* At this point we thought this was our last day in Delhi, but our plane ended up getting delayed and we had to stay overnight in the airport and then the whole next day in the airport, so this actually wasn't the last day, but we didn't know it at the time.
Peanut man on the beach (again, for Nate's benefit)
Eating delicious rice that a man on the beach just gave to Mom and me because we didn't have any lunch to eat. He kept giving us more and more servings of the rice and a sweet from his family's lunch box. He wouldn't accept any credit for it either.