Going back tomorrow
May 3, 2010 1:32am CST
After staying for 65 days with my elder son, his wife, kids, we will go back tomorrow to my home in Orissa. This journey from south India to south eastern India will take 26 hours by express train if the train runs right time. We enjoyed our stay here. I got so many new friends during the seminar and workshops and here in the locality we stayed. For me the problem is the luggage, my wife had been to market with me, she purchased sarees for her, her mom, our daughter in laws, clothes and dresses for grandkids, food blender, new grinder for kitchen, automatic rice cooker, too much. Though we will be travelling by air conditioned 2 tier reserved accommodation, still I am afraid of theft, the train thieves can cut the chain you use to secure your luggage to the hooks under your seats in the compartment. Any way, we have to go. Do you make lot of purchases as gift for family members and your use while on vacation? Is there theft in your trains and public buses? Please share, happy posting, cheers. Prof
3 May 10
dear professor, it is i know a relief to be going back home again after being away for more than 2 months. i do make purchases of different kinds as gifts for relatives back home, mostly light and small gifts, something i could place inside my luggage. i would probably buy something big but that would be for myself like the appliances that you bought. but simply, i will try not to because that would make my luggage very heavy and i know i cant rely on someone to fetch me at the station. there are thieves sometimes. usually they take your baggage when you are not looking and you discover it late because they have run away with it. cheers, ann
3 May 10
When I travel to other parts of the Philippines I usually bring somethings back with me for my friends and families. I usually buy food or delicacies found in that province which are not found in my place. I also tend to buy small things which won't be a problem for me to carry. We usually travel by boat or airplane and theft is not a big problem in these type of transportation.
3 May 10
I am happy to know that you will be going back home after staying for two months with your son and his family. I can see you had quite a memorable experience. Such trips sometimes are very rewarding. You get rich experiences, and you are able to make new friends. I do bring gifts for family members whenever go abroad or anywhere in India. However, I always prefer to travel light in trains. Two tier a/c compartments do not have much space for luggage. Going by air has limitations. Even in trains, they will penalize you if they find you with excess luggage. Best thing is to book part of the luggage. You must take care pack it nicely or else they will damage your things in handling. Thefts in trains are very common. One of my friends was robbed while traveling from Chennai to Kolkata. She was robber of her purse containing money, mobile phone and credit cards. Despite complaints made to the police, she never recovered it. I did not have such experience in ac compartments, but I was robbed twice in old first class compartments. It is terrible to lose your belongings. Public buses are not any better. There too robberies are very common. However, I wish you a safe journey.
7 May 10
congrats on your stay. Yes, south india is an amazing place. It sweeps you with its innocent charm. do not worry about your luggage. Because you are quite a large group, what with your son, his wife, kids around, not many would dare to touch your luggage. You should, however, more careful in stations rather than the journey itself. Yes, women like shopping. Let them, after all, you want to see happiness on their faces, isn't it???
• United States
5 May 10
When I do travel, I will typically buy gifts for all of those people that are close to me, but I don't buy a lot of bigger items that are a little bit harder to transport. I will buy things like pieces of jewelry or picture frames, that sort of thing to give as gifts and those typically will fit in the bag that I keep right there with me so that I know that it won't get lost. I do hope that you have a safe journey home.
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
4 May 10
i do my own purchases if i travel alone. if we are traveling together, my wife controls or manages the purchases. in returning home from the travel, i seldom buy goods as presents cause most of the time, i run out of budget. luckily, i never experienced robbed or something while traveling in a bus. i missed the train trips as we don't have railways over in this province.
• Garden Grove, California
3 May 10
hi p roffessor I guess people are sometimes the same all over the world. I remember,andI am 83, my dad complaining about all the stuff we bought whileon v acation in Canada. but since we were travieling via our own car we did not have too much dangerous of losing our purchases. they just sort of filled up any space not occupied by me, my sister and my parents. some was stowed on top the c ar, and taken in each place we stopped at night just so nothing would be stolen. I am in the US and we were then also. When my husband and myself went b y bus from California to Washington state to visit his folks, someone stole a box belonging to my husband from inside the bus. I will bet they did not know what was in it as it sure made trouble for my husband as they were bags for his colostomy which he had to have all the time. I doubt if whoever stole it knew what the hell they were getting or they would not have stolen it. He and his sister had to go to the Walla Walla hospital and really do some talking to get them to sell my husband a couple of boxes of those stoma bags so we could stay for the two weeks we had planned. he could not use his insurance card as it did not work for that particular hospital.So I guess there are thievery problems everywhere.