Lost and Trapped in Delhi – Incredible India!

Lost and Trapped in Delhi – Incredible India!

And so it begins!

We’re in India and we’re already being tested!

For those of you just catching up, here’s what happened:

Delhi isn’t kind to travellers. It’s tough out there!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

Delhi isn’t kind to travellers.

And I thought I was prepared.

Haw! Haw!

But I wasn’t ‘cos the airline lost my luggage!

LOST LUGGAGE IN DELHI!

When the airline lost my luggage on the flight to India – Incredible India!

We flew Berlin – Munich – Delhi and half-way through the flight, one of the flight attendants discreetly told me that my luggage had been left behind.

In Munich!

In truth, I wasn’t too worried.

Ha!

So we arrived

In Delhi.

And airport staff were waiting with forms and huge smiles.

But what wasn’t waiting for us though, was my husbands’ suitcase!

The offending article is a 30-year-old Samsonite suitcase which isn’t even worth stealing!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

He has a blue-green Samsonite suitcase which is a 30-year-old model.

I didn’t think it was even worth stealing!

I was wrong apparently!

It was gone!

And nobody knew where it was.

Was it in Germany?

Was it in India?

No-one had any idea.

Sigh!

We have a car and driver from Aashianaa Living. Hurrah!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

Thankfully, I had pre-booked a very nice family-friendly bed & breakfast / apartment-hotel.

It was called Aashianaa Living.

I booked it myself via booking.com

I also booked their hotel car!

Because the last thing you ought to be worrying about after a long stressful flight, is where you’re going to sleep or spend the night!

You really don’t want to do that!

Our luggage via Lufthansa – both suitcases – came 2 days later. Phew!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

Good news!

Our luggage – both suitcases – came two days later.

I couldn’t have been happier!

Phew!

Is that it then?

As if?

Look at the title!

LOST AND TRAPPED IN DELHI!

Lost and Trapped in Delhi – Incredible India!

Err.

So what happened?

Take a seat!

I’m quite an organised person so I pre-booked a “free” walking tour around Delhi.

It was to be an early morning two-hour affair.

But due to the palaver of the night before, we had spent all morning calling the airline and trying to find out where our bags were.

So much so, that by the time we actually left our hotel, it was 09:20.

Our walking tour was to start at 10.00!

No problem I thought.

We’ve got plenty of time.

We’ve got plenty of time!

Wrong!

I called an Uber taxi and then called the tour guide.

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The tour guide told me that we were miles away from the meeting point.

The Red Fort at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi – India

The meeting point was the Red Fort at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi.

But

We were in New Delhi!

Aha!

He waited for as long as he could and then had to move on, as there were other tourists with him.

He sent us a link of where the next stop would be so that we could catch up.

Umm.

Reader, we never found him!

Every time we used Google, we ended up at the doorway of someone’s private home!

We followed the Google-link into the market place, but every time we tried to reach the target point, we ended up at the doorway of someone’s private home!

They weren’t pleased!

We went backwards and forwards.

We went around the corners.

We dodged into alleyways.

Water for sale in Delhi!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018
Horse-riding in the market in Delhi!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018
Hard work is the essence of India!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018
A small backstreet in Delhi!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018
The Tall Young Gentleman in the midst of Delhi chaos!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

And then we found ourselves hopelessly lost!

We called the tour guide.

“Oh, you’re just around the corner. I’m wearing a pale blue T-shirt.”

We went around the corner.

We went around the corner and met a stone-brick wall in Delhi-India!

And met a stone-brick wall.

We tried and we tried.

After one (1) hour, we gave up.

I called the tour guide and apologetically cancelled the tour.

Ah well.

It shouldn’t be too difficult, we’ll do the “tour” ourselves!

Let’s have a bit of a rest and then find our way out!

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Haw! Haw!

There was street food but no restaurants at the Market in Delhi!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

We searched everywhere for a “restaurant,” but there was none to be found.

We wouldn’t have minded a “cafe,” but in the midst of the Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, such an establishment was alien.

So we went back to Google.

Google said that straight ahead was “a big road.”

Great.

Let’s go there.

We did.

We struggled to not get crushed & choked by so much Delhi traffic!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

And found that instead of the road getting larger, it was in fact, getting smaller!

It was hot and crowded and we really had no idea where we were.

At one point, the road was so tiny, we were caught up in some sort of scrum and had to leap over piles of filthy sacking and straw that had been thrown put on the floor!

Meanwhile, we struggled to not get crushed by horses, camels, motorbikes, cars, tuk-tuks, rickshaws, people and wheelbarrows stuffed with “things” that choked with so much traffic congestion, that nothing could move!

It wasn’t one of my best ideas. 🤣😆

The Music Producer & The Tall Young Gentleman were at times quite distressed in Delhi!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner – India – October 2018

But we saw and experienced real Delhi so much so, that both The Music Producer and The Tall Young Gentleman were at times quite distressed!

They were brave though and didn’t complain too much as it took us three (3) hours to get out of that mess.

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Things began to look up though as local scammers began to approach us so we knew we were near civilisation!

It was a little difficult to shake them off until I spied the Radisson Blu Marina Hotel Connaught Place nearby.

On my instruction, we practically ran there, went upstairs and ordered lots and lots of cocktails at restaurant Fifty9 / The Connaught Bar!

Phew!

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LOST AND TRAPPED IN DELHI – INCREDIBLE INDIA!

Lost and Trapped in Delhi – Incredible India!

This article isn’t sponsored, and all opinions and lost adventures in India, are my very own!

p.s. I’ve purposely not mentioned the name of the tour company, as it simply wasn’t their fault.

Stay tuned.

Yay!

That’s it for now.

See you next week!

Lost and Trapped in Delhi – Incredible India!

Watch this space!

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I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

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A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

Lost and Trapped in Delhi – Incredible India!

Have you ever found yourself completely and utterly lost? What did you do? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

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How I got scammed in Berlin!

How I got scammed in Berlin!

It’s summer!

And that means going on holiday/vacation.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the sun comes out, my brain begins to fry and I’m not as alert as I ought to be.

As you know, I’ve been living in Berlin for more than seventeen (17) years, and it really is one of the best cities ever.

Is it safe to travel to Europe right now ‘cos I’m scared to travel abroad?

But it wasn’t always that way!

Yep!

My beloved Berlin used to be quite a different place back in the 90’s.

Back in the day, I used to go to the Love Parade every summer, and electronic techno clubs Berghain and Tresor practically every weekend!

In fact, the gentrified areas of Mitte and Prenzlauerberg in East Berlin (where I live) today, were quite trashy, horrifying, and in some places, even dangerous!

Hence, I lived in arty, grungy, student, alternative Kreuzberg in West Berlin.

Love conquers all. We had controlled rent, but we didn’t have a bathroom in Berlin!

My boyfriend and I lived in a huge rent-controlled apartment near the river.

It didn’t have a bathroom.

It didn’t have any heating.

Hauling up steel-buckets of coal every week in Berlin, wasn’t as romantic as this!
Hauling up steel-buckets of coal in Berlin, was more like this!

And I had to haul up steel-buckets of coal every week!

It was worth it though ‘cos we were living in a 19th century building, and my share of the rent in those days, was a mere €17.00 per week!

It took me just six (6) weeks to get a well-paid teaching job, and six (6) months later, I was the Head of not one Corporate Language School, but two (2)!

One day, I went to the bank to pick up some money for a summer-BBQ party that I was organising for all our schools in Berlin at the time, and on that day, I got scammed!

HOW I GOT SCAMMED IN BERLIN!

Scammers are everywhere through Europe!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

Woah there.

Tell us what happened?

I’m coming to it.

Hold your horses!

Well, I made a few mistakes that day, and really, I shouldn’t have been so gullible.

But I was.

MISTAKE NUMBER 1:

I went to the bank & collected loads of Deutsche Marks!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

I went to the bank, collected 500 Deutsche Marks or about €1,000. (Yep. it’s that long ago!) And then decided to go into “town” a mere 10 minutes away from my establishment.

I should have gone straight back to the office instead!

MISTAKE NUMBER 2:

Most sane people would run away. I walked towards it instead!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

I saw a large crowd gathering at the town square of East Berlin’s most popular tourist attraction – Alexanderplatz. And went to investigate what people were looking at.

Most sane people would run away if they saw a crowd.

I tend to do the opposite, and walk towards it!

I should have just kept on walking!

MISTAKE NUMBER 3:

There were some men playing a sort of cup game, where if you guessed right, you win!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

There were a group of men playing a sort of cup game, where if you guess which cup the dice or ball is under, you win.

I should have just minded my own business!

MISTAKE NUMBER 4:

I stopped to watch other tourists and lost all my cash!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

I stopped to watch the other “tourists” playing and “winning.” Each and every “tourist” that played won. I thought it would be a laugh, and I could easily “win” too!

To be honest, I don’t even know why I even bothered, as I’m not the gambling type.

I don’t play cards or games for money.

I don’t play scratch-cards.

I don’t play slot machines.

I don’t play bingo.

I don’t even play the lottery.

And I’m not in the habit of “playing” with my money.

I’m far too stingy!

The cost for each “go” was 50 Deutsche Marks or €100!

I gave the man the money.

And I lost it!

I should have just taken it as a done thing, and gone back to my office.

MISTAKE NUMBER 5:

I had quite a bit of cash in my purse. And lost that too!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

I didn’t.

I’m arrogant and stubborn.

I was so convinced that it was a “game” and that I could beat them.

I decided to “play” again.

I had quite a bit of cash in my purse, so I gave the man another 50 Deutsche Marks or €100!

I lost that too!

100 Deutsche-Mark banknote or €200 – © 2016 – 2018 Bank Note World

I was quite annoyed and convinced that something was up as I had looked quite closely, and didn’t take my eyes off the “cup.”

Now I’m not mad enough to spend more money, as that cash wasn’t really mine, and I would have to replace it once I got back.

And 100 Deutsche Marks or €200 was still quite a lot of money!

So I stuck around.

And watched really carefully.

And then I saw it.

I’m not entirely sure how it’s done. But what a scam!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

The “tourists” who had “won,” weren’t tourists at all!

They were friends and mates of the game organisers and were involved with scamming pretty much each and every legitimate tourist.

Not only that, but the guy issuing the cups somehow kept the ball in his hands so that all the cups were empty!

And if, like myself, you insist the cups be checked as evidence that the ball was actually still under one of the cups, the guy then dropped the ball under the cup, in the same motion as lifting it up!

I’m not entirely sure how it’s done.

But what a scam!

I protested, and asked for my money back, but they insisted that I leave their space.

And like I said, Alexanderplatz was a rough place in those days and I still had 400 Deutsche Marks or €800 in my purse, so just to be sure that I wasn’t being followed, I took a taxi back!

What an idiot and a fool I was!

And that was how I lost 100 Deutsche Marks or €200, just like that!

HOW I GOT SCAMMED IN BERLIN!

Images of Berlin Alexanderplatz.
How I got scammed in Berlin!

This article is not sponsored, and all opinions and stupidity, are my very own!

Stay tuned.

Yay!

That’s it for now.

For more of what to do if you’ve been scammed, and how to avoid it in the future, follow my blog!

You might be well-travelled, but you can still be scammed!
How I got scammed in Berlin!

Watch this space!

Note! I never travel without insurance as you never know what might happen.

I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

Please note that there are now affiliate links (for the very first time) connected to this post. Please consider using the links, because every time some sort of accommodation or travel insurance is booked via my links I get a little percentage, but at no extra cost to yourself!

A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

How I got scammed in Berlin!

Have you ever been scammed? Do you think I’m an idiot? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in Berlin.

If you have any questions send me a tweet, talk to me on Facebook, find me on Linkedin, make a comment below, look for me on Google+ or send me an Email: victoria@thebritishberliner.com

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