If you have traveled a lot, you might find this writing a little amusing. You probably can relate to it completely, maybe even laugh a little while reading this. In my opinion, there is one thing, above all the others, that you need while traveling, especially in a place like India. And this writing is not intended to be offensive to anyone, there are just some things that are different between people from the East and the West. And because of this difference, there is something that you should be aware of. Ok, I will just tell you what it is. The thing that I’m talking about is patience.
Now, I’m not talking about patience that you need while traveling, for example in large cities, where traffic usually is jammed, all the time. Although that too might require patience but still, traffic is jammed everywhere in big cities. I’m now talking about different ideas about time. Now I’m a person who might not always be punctual but usually, I might be late for like a minute or two. Which is not that bad. The thing that I have learned in India during the past 5 months is, that the concept of time can be really, I mean really, different.
When somebody tells you that he or she will be back shortly, it can mean 5 minutes or 5 hours. If you have planned to go somewhere after breakfast at 8 or latest at 8.30, it might mean that your companion starts to eat breakfast at that time, and the actual time to go out might be sometime after 9 or maybe even at 10. And this is just normal. But if your understanding about time is something like mine, you should be aware that everybody is not thinking the same way. And this is really nothing that you can actually be mad about. You are just living in two different worlds when it comes to time. Or should I say different time zones? 😉
So, next time when you are packing your stuff and getting ready for your trip to India for example, remember to also pack a lot of patience as well. It doesn’t require any extra room from your luggage, but will probably make your trip easier and more smooth. And above all save you from a great deal of frustration. Happy travels!