hey it’s me, husband: the first days.

5 Sep

a note from al: well ya’ll, the husband finally arrived on saturday safe and sound and tired. so i gave him a glass of chilled chardy, told him to buck up, and now he’s ready to make the first of a few guest appearances on this crazy teenaged telephone convo of a blog. so, enjoy india through his eyes – just for a scooch.

it's the husband - blogging!

the first thing i noticed at the airport – besides my beautiful wife – was the insane amount of people. from walking out and seeing the thousands of people lining the gate, it was overwhelming and gave me more of an understanding of what india is: the land of a billion people.

after jumping in miss jp’s big green car (her driver was nice enough to take my wife to pick me up!) – the long drive to al’s palatial pad meant me staring out the window at the massive amount of people on the streets. i thought it was funny that the cars were bumper to bumper and the cows roamed freely on the medians of the highway.

i was overwhelmed with everything around me, at that point al informed me that i was going to be writing some guest posts and to start thinking about things to write…..so in true sports fan fashion i’m going to do a “top 5” (actually, it’s a top 4) of my first two days in india.

1)  maxiums and grantus, be happy your daughter is safe and very brave, you’d be proud of her and seeing this place make me so proud of everything she is doing, words cannot describe how crazy this place is!

2) horns the f*%king horns, the drivers honk  all the time. maybe because a two lane road is being used as a four lane or that people on bikes like driving on the wrong side, either way they honk all day and night.

3) getting around you have a couple of options: car dodging aka walking is a dangerous way to get around. cabs are scary but fast, autos –  imagine a motorcycle with a little back to it and seating for 6 – are fast cheap and effective. my favourite are the rickshaws – not made for big men though.

all of these ways are very terrifying ways to travel.

with so many methods of transportation on the very busy roads you’d think there would be lots of accidents, but no – everyone here pays attention when they are driving. no cell phones no texting no tim hortons, just focusing on driving and not killing me. what a novel concept.

4) finally the food oh the food, so the first day i had very traditional meals of subway and dominos pizza, a nice way to ease into the diet here. yesterday got right at it with bengali food at an indian/chinese restaurant – i don’t know what it was called just that is was very good.

today was al’s cook turned up and he out did the restaurant somehow. he only used veggies but the end result a great meal. it made me think why don’t we have more flavour in our dishes in canada? everything here, expect the pizza and subway, comes packed with these wonderful spices.

well that’s it for now – its only been a few days and i’ve already seen a lot. more to come…

16 Responses to “hey it’s me, husband: the first days.”

  1. DaddyO September 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Benny, I am so happy you arrived safe and sound. I am even happier that you are now both togeather for the next few weeks. Alli is “brave” and I am happy that you are there to share in a part of her experience. Alli, everyone has commented on the picture in your last blog. The most common phrase was “beaming”……..and so it should be.!!!!!………….have a great time both of you.


    Grantus (DaddyO) & Maximus (I am sure mom will post later today as she is with Jessica right now.

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

      thanks we are having a great time so far…relaxing times before a bit of travel next week! xx

  2. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) September 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    hey ben. you guys have an interesting way of honeymooning!….and even though you get full marks for going and blogging (and yes we love you too)…. allie’s way funnier. just saying.

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

      ben says he’s funnier. it’s a great honeymoon – why would we start doing anything the “traditional” way now? seems odd. hah.

  3. Brenna September 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I believe we need a photo of you squeezed into a rickshaw… mandatory sharing material! Hope you have fun getting to see Al’s life in India! Have fun together!

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      we’re on it donna. he is no longer allowed on rickshaws though…too many creeking noises.

  4. haniemarie September 6, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    If I didn’t see the photo of Ben diligently typing away I’d believe that Al wrote this post…

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

      lies. im much more witty than ben. please see the above aa comment. thanks.

  5. ica September 6, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    BENNNNNNNYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! So happy to see your little face typing away. Great post keep up the good work.

    Totally agree with hannah photo pleaaasssee !!

    Love you xoxoxo

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

      hahah it took a lot of concentrating…more to come!

  6. Jennifer September 6, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    surreal and awesome! wow! there you are half a world away and I just saw you and picking up Bear less than 2 weeks ago

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

      the miracle of flight j.wils!

  7. Lidia September 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    YAY! So happy le husband is blogging as well! Enjoy your time together and we want to see more pics of all these experiences :)

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

      thanks italiana. we’re on the picture thing…first we need to do something picture worthy. he has been sleeping a lot. “jet lag” or something. whatever.

  8. Will Sitch September 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Are you wearing a sari? You’re such a poseur.

    • al September 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      i tried to tell him it didn’t look good.

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