Hello everyone!!
It has been a while since we have written an update of our trip. Our last days in Kolkata were mostly consumed by rest and walking to find food. Our hotel was not central at all. The last day we went to the beautiful flower market that is apparently active 24/7. Things got pretty bad our last night in Kolkata since I (Anneli) got a fever and pretty bad food poising. The airport was not a blast and Anna was forced to fix a wheelchair for me so I could make the flight. I could not have gotten on that flight without help. But we landed safely in Varanasi an hour later and I was feeling a bit better. When we arrived in Varanasi we had to walk about 5 min through narrow alleys to get to the Suraj Guest house where we would spend the next four nights.
We were immediately welcomed by a older man and his son at our new home. They were very kind and let us rest in a room while our room was being prepared for us. This guest house was probably the best place we have stayed at so far since we felt like a part of the family towards the end. The older man (Prevhu) made us dinner even though their restaurant was not open. They also helped Anna while I was sick in bed and offered to get a doctor for me. The biggest perk with that place was the rooftop. We could never get enough. One downside were monkeys. They could get really aggressive and stole my journal one day (we got it back). The third day Suraj (the son) took us on a walking tour even though he was very ill. He showed us the crematories, mosques and temples. We ended up walking around for about 5 hours but learnt a lot about Varanasi. The river is the holiest water in India and many Indians have their bodies either shipped there to be cremated or if they cannot afford that their ashes will eventually reach the river. Suraj was very happy to be living in Varanasi because he knew he was going to be cremated and the directly reach nirvana.
Our fourth day was rainy and not as exciting. The hospital was on the agenda to figure out what was wrong with me. When you are as far away from home as we are its never bad to be over cautious. The doctor said it was a possible infection in the stomach so he prescribed me 5 different medicines... Apparently it is a thing in India to get many different medicines. The visit plus medicine was very cheap. The cost was around $25 but for the Indians it can be costly, especially if you need to frequently buy medicine and visit doctors.
Around 4 P.M we said goodbye to our new family and headed to the train station with two other backpackers. The train was delayed an hour which wasn't that bad but we ended up standing on the platform for 45 min before train actually came. When we got on the train we ended up with a really nice polish women, a family of three and a Chinese women. The train didn't leave the Varanasi station until 3 hours after its original departure time. The sleeper train was as expected but both of us were absolutely freezing all night. We chained our bags to my lower bed and then slept with our little backpacks. When we woke up one of the men told us the train had delayed another 3 hours during the night so we would arrive 6 hours later than the original arrival time. We arrived in Agra at 13.52 (18 hours later).
As we left the train station a big relief went over both of us. We were both getting very tired of the train and couldn't wait to stand up and walk. We took a tuk-tuk to the Bedweiser Hostel and left our things in the room and went up to the roof top where we met their puppy. It was the cutest thing. Around an hour later we were accompanied by a Canadian girl named Kailey. She was super friendly and asked us to join her on a day tour the next day for 200 rupees each which we joyfully accepted. The plan was to leave at 5.30 to go to the Taj Mahal. So this morning we had the alarm set for 5.10 and were out were at the Taj Mahal at around 6. Another women who we stayed with (Lucy from Taiwan) joined us. The wait was long before they opened the ticket booths but it was so worth it. We got in by 7.10 and saw the Taj Mahal at sunrise right before the thick fog rolled in. The rest of the day we just hung out with Kailey eating breakfast, having proper coffee at Costa coffee and eating lunch. Around 17.00 we said goodbye to Kailey and the rest of the cool people at the hostel (two british guys are starting the tuk-tuk run tomorrow all the way to Nepal).
The train from Agra fort left at 17.40 and was a huge step up from our last experience. The ride was only three and a half hours. We were served food and there were real toilets (the other toilets were holes in the train). Right now it is bed time for us and we are comfortably in our new home for the next 4 nights in Jaipur. Tomorrow we will be sleeping in (eating breakfast with everyone at the hostel) and washing our clothes. We will also have to plan our stay here. From now on we will update more!

Anneli & Anna

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We have now arrived in Kolkata. The alarm was set for 4 A.M and we left the hostel at 4.30. Our flight was at 6.50 from Delhi airport. It was very strange to be on an empty road and not be surrounded by honking cars and traffic. We never got the chance to say goodbye to our new friend Rosa (a girl who was in our room). She was a very interesting and optimistic girl. She traveled to India on her own and she is only 19. Today around 3 P.M she will be on her way up to the north of India. Hopefully she makes it back safe and sound to Finland when she is finished with her travels. 

Overnight both of us got a bit of a cold. All morning we have been blowing our noses and snuffling. Hopefully it will pass and we both will feel healthy again. 

Getting to the hotel took around 45 min in traffic. On the way we were stunned by the beautifully colored buses and old school yellow cabs. When we passed the railway station trains were passing with people hanging out from the side doors. It is always entertaining driving around anywhere in India.

Currently we are relaxing on our huge bed here in the Georgian Inn. We are both checking everything on our phones since we finally got Wifi. Its hard to stay up to date with everything when we are traveling and moving all the time. This trip is going to be about us enjoying the here and now.

Today we are going to try to explore some parts of Kolkata. First on our list, the flower market. It lies right by the river that runs through the city. Many have warned us that Kolkata can be very different to Delhi so we will have to be as alert as we were the first day we arrived.

Anneli & Anna

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Yesterday we booked all our train tickets for our trip from Kolkata to Agra. The process only took about and hour at the New Delhi train station. After that we had lunch and got ready to go to Khan Market. The hostel recommended we take the metro since it would be much quicker. We were a bit nervous but when we got to the station we were surprised by how modern it all was. The tickets only cost us 12 rupees which is nothing. When we arrived we strolled around the market and then later ate at a restaurant Andrea recommended. We had our first salad and were very satisfied except for the fact that we brought way to little cash so we couldn't pay the whole bill but the guy was nice enough to let us go.

Today we got up early to eat breakfast on the rooftop of the hostel. Last night we booked a private tour for the whole day. So at 9.30 a man came to pick us up to take us around Delhi. We came home around 17.30. We walked into temples, ate great food, were educated on different religions and saw amazing architecture. Little girls and even men came up to us about five times to take selfies with us. Now we are completely beat and will probably chill the rest of the day.

So far we are enjoying ourselves and everyday we are amazed at how this country functions. Especially driving around as much as we did today we saw many different parts of Delhi. There were people begging on the streets, living on the streets and then nice areas guarded by men or protected by gates. India is defiantly a country we will never forget.

Anneli & Anna

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Our journey begun at Arlanda airport, January 16th. The first flight was taking us to Dubai where we would have to hang out for 5 hours before our next flight to our final destination, New Delhi. The wait was long but eating a proper meal and talking about our travels helped the time fly by. We arrived in India at 10.35 local time where a transfer to our hostel was waiting. The driver was very kind and had the coolest little van. Mom i hope you arent reading this but here were no seat belts in that car. The drive was and hour long in the heavy New Delhi traffic but was extremely entertaining. There are many street signs and clear lanes for the cars but no driver uses them. The way people drive in India is just to go with the flow. People cut each other off and get so close that your think they are going to crash.

When we arrived at the hostel everything was perfect. We each got a fresh bed in a room with four other women. We have two bathrooms with showers all to our selves. It is all very private and more fresh than we imagined. Since we had been traveling for so long we decided to eat as soon at we got all our stuff organized. We grabbed our cameras and headed out to discover the city.

The receptionist at the hotel suggested a restaurant right across the street from where we were staying. The food was amazing and very cheap! After the meal we walked out to the main street where all the shops were. Along the way we met people who were very kind. One man showed us to a travel agency which could help us with trains and free maps. We arrived and were warmly welcomed. The one thing we did not think about was that it could be a trap. We ended up spending roughly 3 hours there and eventually telling them that we didn't want their service. They let us go without having to pay a fee since the guy who helped us was a little pushy. We hadn't slept in 26 hours and were about to pass out from sleep deprivation. When we finally got out we decided to treat ourselves with some traditional Indian clothing and figure out our travels in the morning. Eventually we made it back to the hotel where we slept for 3 hours.

When we woke up one of the women we are living with introduced herself and started to ask us questions about our journey. She is from Finland and has been traveling for a while. After an hour or so another one of the women we live with came back and we all started to talk about how India is as a country. The only way not to get hassled is to hide and make yourself extremely unattractive or be Indian.

After dinner we decided to hang outside the hostel for a bit before we went inside to go to sleep. It was an interesting 5 minutes where an older man came and asked if we sold sex. That was our que to go inside.

So far it has been very interesting but keep reading and we will keep you posted!

Anneli & Anna

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Hello Everyone!

In 35 days Anna and I will be off on our 4 month journey through Asia. We start our trip in India then move on to Nepal, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Bali and Lombok. Time has flown by and soon it's time to say goodbye to snowy Sweden. Anna and I have planned this trip and route for about 8 months. At first we both were talking about how we wanted to travel after graduation and backpack through Asia. When we realized that we wanted to see the same things and go to the same places, we decided to travel together. Many hours of planning and preparing for this trip will soon be rewarded. We hope you will enjoy reading this blog, which will be filled with pictures and adventures. We will also start an Instagram account where we will be able to update more frequently. Cant wait! x

Anna & Anneli

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