Eight months ago, I had the most confusing moment in my life. My mood wasn't good because i was at the airport of Delhi flying back to Barcelona, that means my last day in India.
No one can come with you into the airport when they check passaports and tickets, so I told to my uncle that now he can go because I can handle and go lonely.
I was travelling alone for the first time and I was very nervous. Fortunately there are some things that you can know for sure, here are some important tips to help you get through an airport efficiently and on your own.
when the girl in the counter checked my ticket she was shocked, her first expression was "oh my god, sorry mam but your flight is already gone". I asked her to check again because I wasn't late. then she looked for the next flight and gave me the new ticket that was one day later,
I sadly took my tickets and tried to call my uncle while I was going out of the airport. But unfortunately he didn't take the phone. It was out of area or switched off. Then I tried to call many other relative but none took my calls.
I was so depressed and scared, I had never been in Delhi's airport alone before. Alone in an unknown city, I felt terrible for a minute. But then I asked someone for a taxi, and suddenly one man came to me and started putting my bags into his taxi without asking me anything. Then one girl came and told him to stop because I don't want to go in his taxi.
Later she shared some of her experiences about Delhi with me, that It's not a good idea to ask for a taxi in this city at this time and to go this much far, Punjab. I sat with her in a restaurant while she kept explaining me what she was doing in Delhi's airport at night times, Unfortunatly to her it also happened the same thing that had happened to me. She was going to England for vacations but she wasn't punctual.
Well, my airport friend was living in India since ever, that's why in front of her I felt very silly because she knew everything about India and me only some things, I found her very clever.
I exactly don't remember how her name in pronunced but I always called her "Ishika", her real name was very exotic, something like "Ishgyka". She was looking very pretty and spoke to me very sweetly and politely, never loudly.
After talking, we decided to get a hotel together and visit some places in Delhi next day, all in one day that we had. In the morning, she got up at 5:00 clock but I kept sleeping. Then when I woke up, It was 9:00 a.m. when Ishika was doing Yoga. So while she was finishing yoga, I had a shower.
Before going anywhere, I made a call to Barcelona to a studio in the street of my parents. They were very concerned and waiting for my call. I told them to stop worrying because I'm okay and in one day I'll be there.
Then, Ishika wanted to tell me the list of most interesting places in Delhi: India gate, Sansad bhavan,chadni chowk, Rastrapati Bhavan.
I thought that I would like to visit India gate first of all. I've heard a lot of this place in movies and other people.
While walking, she told me interesting facts of all the places that I mentioned before.
Now I was an expert on Delhi's places, I still remember how nicely she explained me about India Gate history:
"It is one of the largest war memorials in India. The monument was designed by Edwin Lutyens, the chief architect of Delhi. The fundition stone of India gate was laid by the duke of connaught, on 10th february 1921..."
It was 8:00p.m. when we arrived at the hotel. Day end, and my flight and her's were on a similar time, 12:00a.m. I decided to have some rest when she was putting some things in her bag.
We wanted to be at the airport at 10:00p.m. , she told to me about how to get into the airport and some more rules. And then we said goodbye to each other.
It was pleasure meeting Ishika, I'll never forget the experience I had thanks to her in one day.
I've got her number so often I call to ask how's life going, Last week, she told me about her next trip to Barcelona!! That means in a few days she'll be here. This time It's my turn to tell her about our city,Barcelona. Now I'm preparing a list of some places.