“If you have any advice for me about traveling to India,” I messaged Dahn, “I’ll be happy and grateful to hear it.”
Dahn Gandell is my friend and a minister. She’s the one who asked me to go to India and teach the women there how to make potholders. She’s been to Kolkata many times so I figured she’d be able to tell me what I need to know.
Her message back to me was long and ended with the words, I guess that’s more that enough for now.
Here’s some of what Dahn told me…
Keep my shoulders and knees covered.
Bring cash dated after 2006 and/or use a debit card.
Expect to see men peeing in the streets, it’s part of the Indian Culture.
Keep your money in an inside pocket of your bag and never put it down anywhere. (Unless we’re at one of the regular location, then the ladies and girls will try to take your bags so you don’t have to carry anything.)
Don’t try to filter your own water, there’s always bottled water available and every place we go someone will give us Chai which is safe to drink.
Get a Z-pack (antibiotics) in case of a respiratory infection from the smog from cars and crematoriums.
Carry Baby Wipes, toilet paper and hand sanitizer in your bag.
“…we just tend to go with the flow and don’t let anything freak us out because whatever happens is supposed to happen and we can deal with it.”
This is all good to hear, but Dahn’s philosophy about not freaking out, is the best advice I can think of.