After the impossibly long effort to take out some form of money, I found myself needing a taxi from on terminal to the other, I booked my prepaid taxi and pay 3/5ths again in tips. The taxi driver I ended up with said ‘have you got your tip ready’ half way through the journey. However it is not worth the hassle to refuse, the trick is guessing the right amount so I don’t end up swindled. I am new to the currency and still unsure of its worth. All I know is that the amount I gave he was not happy about.
They also weren’t happy about the address I filed in for my country entering form. Apparently e-base, Leh isn’t an accepted address. After telling him what we were doing he soon understood and did accept me in, and my address set as E-Base, Leh. The taxi journey was interesting, clearer roads than I was expecting, perhaps this is because it is 1 o’clock in the morning. With the window open it was easy to see how much smog drowns the city, I could certainly feel it hit me in the face as we whizzed around in the traditional Delhi taxi cab.
Waiting in the entrance hall for checking in to start. The rain has started outside. Something I noticed in the in-flight magazine that I enjoyed was an advert for holidays, but instead of saying ‘where will you go this summer’ it said ‘where will you go this monsoon?’ I really want to take a long exposure shot outdoors to show how much smog there is. But I don’t want to draw attention to myself with a big fancy camera. I already had questioning looks from the military guards who quizzed me on my solarpanel. Whilst I was showing my ticket and passport to the soldier at the door the other bent down and tapped his knuckle on the panel. I looked up and earnestly said ‘its a solar panel’ to which he nodded in approval, he then asked ‘is it working’ to which I couldn’t help but respond ‘well it is a bit dark right now’ as I motioned to the blackness of the night surrounding the building.
Thank god I have chocolate!
I don’t think the board will ever change, I am destined to stay here forever…
Through security, just managed to snag some all important sofa real estate, time for a snooze attempt
Other team members on the same flight might be arriving now, I am wondering around looking for tell tale signs.
Had an hour of trying to get internet to work, no luck. 20 minutes till boarding, I need to remember to get a drink for my altitude tablet.
Oli Wheeldon, IAE 2013 Team Member, GHE Media and Communications.
*Oli has now arrived safely at Leh where he is acclimating to the high altitude.