Travelling to Nagpur was a wonderful experience. Bodyguard and I had a nice train ride on the way to Nagpur. Luckily, Bodyguard was able to convince the men on the bottom beds, to switch with us, as we both had the middle beds. I can’t do the middle or top beds. What a scary thought. XD Anyway, the trip went well, and I got a lot of sleep.
We arrived sometime in the late night. A taxi driver was waiting as we got off the train, and even though we had a long way to walk in order to exit the train station, he followed us the whole way, trying to strike a deal with Bodyguard. When we finally reached the exit, eight more men circled us, carefully listening to Bodyguard and the taxi man. All of them were taxi drivers, and tried to bargain a better deal with Bodyguard, who kept walking. The original taxi man followed until he struck a deal that Bodyguard could agree with. We then followed the taxi man to his autorickshaw taxi and climbed in.
The first hotel we went to, was far too expensive, and it seemed unclean. We shook our heads and went to another hotel, who refused to allow us to stay because they didn’t allow foreigners. Huh. I narrowed my eyes, and we left. At this point, Bodyguard had already paid the taxi man, for stopping us at the first hotel… But as it were, we still needed his help.
We traveled to the final hotel. I waited outside in the taxi, as Bodyguard went inside and checked the hotel out. He came back, motioning me to come with him. I climbed out and we went inside. I guess we were staying. The taxi man left, and didn’t charge us for driving around to find the right hotel. What a nice man. We both thanked him.
I went to the counter, had to fill out some guest form, they gave us our keys, and we were on our way.
When we got to the 5th floor, I noticed how bad it smelled. I choked a little, and looked over at Bodyguard. He noticed it too. The hotel man who carried my luggage opened Bodyguard’s door first. Bodyguard set his backpack down and followed the hotel man to my room. The door opened and we all went inside. It looked clean enough, but it smelled terrible. Worse than in the hallway. I held my breath and made several mental notes, before trying to breathe carefully. Ew. The hotel man left and Bodyguard, like some spy, began inspecting everything in my room. He’s very suspicious. 😀 When he checked everything, he left for his room and I checked everything myself, before sending a report to DN (who was waiting to know I was safe and sound) and sitting down on my bed.
The next day, we wandered outside of the hotel to get breakfast and search for oranges. We were successful in finding breakfast, as we had aloo gobi parathas in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant nearby. The parathas were good, but the environment was less than clean. Day one: No oranges. We made our way back to the hotel and later, went out again to see a local lake. After spending some time near the lake, and getting a few good pictures, Bodyguard became hungry. Bhelpuri is what we found. I was hesitant to try this strange looking street food, but it was quite delicious! I trust Bodyguard, when it comes to food. He is a true foodie.
On the second day in Nagpur, we still didn’t find oranges… But we had lunch and went to a sacred Buddhist monument, Deeksha Bhoomi. When we got there, our adventures included meeting monks, walking across the hottest pavement (twice for Bodyguard) thus seriously burning our feet, and sitting in a comfortable silence before the shrine of Buddha. If Bodyguard hadn’t taken my purse to the check-out counter for me that day, I would have been the one to cross the hot pavement twice. Thanks Bodyguard! You’re a champ!
After seeing the monument, we went to another lake. A bigger and more beautiful lake than the last. It was tropical, almost. The cool breeze that rolled across the lake kept even the areas without shade, cool. Palm trees everywhere. More than that, there were couples everywhere. Sitting together, smiling, laughing, smooching, or cuddling. It reminded Bodyguard of Delhi, and it turned me into a sappy romantic. As we were walking around, we came across this bridge. The main part of the bridge was not attached to anything. It was just hanging freely. Me and Bodyguard decided to pass on crossing that bridge… But then we saw some other people walk across the bridge easily. That’s when we decided to give it a try. I stepped on the bridge first and it swayed. I squealed a little bit and encouraged Bodyguard to follow me across.
Needless to say, we both survived.
Not long later, I suddenly realized that I wasn’t wearing sunscreen and we had forgotten to bring a bottle of water. I told Bodyguard I was beginning to feel dehydrated and we began our journey back to the hotel. I asked Bodyguard to stop and get me some coconut water on the way home. The coconuts were HUGE! It tasted so delicious, and I was feeling better in no time.
The next day, I was supposed to attend two different bridal functions, but I was sick from eating dinner at our hotel! It must have been food poisoning, as I had a fever and everything. I was in bed all day. 🙁 I gave Bodyguard my key, to be able to come in my room and check on me at any time. I was too sick to get up and unlock the door every time he wanted to check on me, or any time I needed something. When I felt better, Bodyguard came and ordered me juice and some fruit. I wanted to eat something, and get my strength back up. I also wanted to see if my body could handle it. Luckily it did!
On the fourth day, I met Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life) and attended her wedding. It was so beautiful! I met her family as well, all very wonderful people.
I sent DN pictures of the ceremony, as he has read Lauren’s blog as well. We were both so moved and inspired by witnessing their love (though DN was at a distance) that it gave us hope and strength. Two people from opposite sides of the world, coming together in love. ♥
After many heart to heart conversations, a sacred bond was formed… DN and I came to the conclusion that we wanted to be together and work towards a future together. We decided we didn’t want to be apart anymore, especially 8,000 miles apart. 😮
So it’s official. ♥ Finally.
The next day, I attended her reception and had the chance to get ready with Lauren, her mom and her sister! Bodyguard was amused and overwhelmed at the family bond he witnessed. I also found out that he had a hard time understanding the British English accent. 😀 I guess my American accent has spoiled his ears. 😀 Ahaha.
Lauren and her family were super fun, very funny, kind and ultimately pleasant to be around. ♥ I’m happy to have learned more about her and her family, and happy to have met her husband. (I’ve only ever read about both of them, until this point!)
I sincerely hope to have the chance to meet them again and again. ♥
The next day, it was time to leave! I slept in, so Bodyguard had to knock on my door until I dragged myself out of bed and got ready. The train ride home was nice. I spent most of my time sleeping, looking out the window, or watching the children play.
Bodyguard had a bed on the side (bottom), so he invited me over to stretch out and relax. Which was nice, because people were on my bed and invading my space. Bodyguard also caught me laughing and smiling at the kids playing, several times. It’s true, it happens. Around kids, I just melt. 😀 This is why being a teacher was so fun for me.
While I sat quietly, looking out the window and imagining my future, I glanced over at Bodyguard, who was probably doing the same.
I’m so thankful… And a little sad.
I’m not sure how I will ever be able to repay him for all he has done for me. I made him a promise once, that I intend to keep. Though now, I must carefully deliver that promise to the hands of my family, it will still be kept.
Thank you Bodyguard… For everything.
Nagpur was amazing, and it turned out to be quite an adventure. I witnessed true love, and made an amazing friend (officially) – which inspired my own love story.
Now, it’s time to turn my attention to my future with DN… ♥
My dreams are continuously coming true. I have a lot of praying and thanking to do.
This is my reality now. ♥