I am back. The flight from Frankfourt to Munich is delayed - 50 min. I feel better than I thought that I would. A bit of a headache, a bit tired. That's nothing.
Gokulam: Everything was packed. I was sitting on my bed, waiting for my taxi. I had still 20 min to wait. It knocked on my door and it was L. from NY. How nice to get even a good-bye hug in my last minute in Gokulam.
But then I had to go. The taxi driver was waiting. On my way to Bangalore I saw rice fields and so many little shops. I took my last pictures. There was a lot of traffic. The taxi driver managed it to drive to Bangalore within three and a half hours. This is really great. At the airport I had put 100 Rupie in my hand, we shook hands and the rupie bill wandered silently into his hand. He smiled.
Me: You are a very good driver.
He: Thank you, Mam.
That's what I wanted to hear a last time "Mam". He had opened the roof of his car. His hand was waving above his car when he slowly (?) started driving back to Gokulam.
Here a tip: At the airport my luggage was weighted: it was 26 kg. 6kg too much, they told me. You can either throw 6 kg away. The man showed me a garbage can or you have to pay 30 per kg. Innocent as I am I thought 30 Rupies, but it was Euro of course. So I tried first to find things to throw away. Could I throw away my Gods? No, of course not. Could I throw away my books by Osho? Osho in the garbage can? No, never. So I gave my blue jeans to a cleaning woman, threw away a cooking book and shampoo, deo and things like that. I went to the counter again: 25 Kg.
I "only" had to pay for 24 kg: 120 Euro. Fine. This won't spoil my trip I thought, even though I was sure that not everybody who had more than 20 kg luggage had to pay. Here my hint: In doubt, put the heavy things in your hand luggage. Nobody weights this and travellers often have huge hand luggage. Now I know why.
This morning I arrived at Frankfourt: Where do you come from? At a coffee table I asked an man, who looked Indian. He came from India and we had a lively conversation. I plan to invest in India. :)