Top 10 things you can NOT count on in India- in order of importance

As you can probably tell by the title, I've been traveling in India for 5 weeks now and am feeling a little snarky.

This post was inspired by a visit to the toilet in a "nice" restaurant, where there was no toilet paper (common), no running water (irritating) and yet a drenched floor that my pants fell into. We picked this particular pricey western restaurant because I desperately needed Wifi to book a flight.

The wifi wasn't working.


The top 10 things you can NOT count on in India - in order of importance. 

1. Wifi - It's never available when you really need it.

2. Electricity - I've mastered my quick draw with the flashlight app on my phone.

3. Running water - Because who needs to wash their hands anymore?

4. Hot water - ...or wash their body comfortably?

5. Toilet paper - In India, BYOTP is the rule, otherwise use the bucket system and your left hand, like everyone else.

6. Sanitary food - You can never know what might get you sick. But the food is sooooo good!

7. Getting what you ordered - Be specific and you might get close.

8. Punctuality of public transportation - "India Time" baby. No worries.

9. Punctuality of anything - Be careful making plans, take into account that nobody is punctual.

10. Anything, ever, at all - Yup, the less expectations you have for life to go your way in India, the more fun you will have!

India is an incredible country. I will return again and again, be frustrated again and again, and appreciate every colorful moment.

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