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Thursday, September 14, 2006

India - Trip Log - 09/14/06 - Goodbye New Delhi, I’m heading home.

I am sitting here in the New Delhi airport and it is shortly before midnight, waiting to catch a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt on our way back to Los Angeles. Again, we avoided the “friendly” confines of the business class lounge because of the intense haze of smoke and are waiting patiently by the gate for our flight to board.

Trying to catch my breath from this whirlwind trip, I also just had a run-in with the Lufthansa Customer Service counter regarding the contents for my carry-on. Apparently, Lufthansa at the New Delhi airport is concerned about extra batteries that you may carry on in your luggage. So, since I am carrying 2 extra batteries for my Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), as well as two extra batteries for my trusty Canon Powershot S410 – they are recommending I re-pack them in my luggage as they check me in. That means, I need to get out of the line, go back to the baggage screening and have my luggage re-certified again. It also means the juice in my PSP will probably last less than a quarter of the 18 hours I am about to spend flying home. Bummer. In addition, the Lufthansa representative informed me that the final leg of the trip home would not be on a long haul version of the Boeing 747, so no Recaro lie-flat seats for the final leg. Things could be worse.

Our day in New Delhi (Noida) was quite busy as well. We completed the last of our vendor meetings, had an enjoyable dinner at the highly rated "Made In India" restaurant at the Noida Radisson. From there, it was a quick freshening up and head to the airport to catch this flight.

The trip to the airport was fairly uneventful, although as with everywhere else in India -- New Delhi has some pretty significant construction going on near the airport. I cannot imagine what all these cities are going to look like in 10 years.

Lastly, I need some rest -- although this has been a quick trip, it has been packed full. I am looking forward to sleeping on the plane!

Read about the entire India Trip:
India - Trip Log - 09/08/06 - I am leaving for India today!
India - Trip Log - 09/09/06 – Halfway there!
India - Trip Log - 09/10/06 – A long day
India - Trip Log - 09/11/06 – Getting to know Pune
India - Trip Log - 09/12/06 – Our Second Day in Pune
India - Trip Log - 09/13/06 – Travel Day to New Delhi
India - Trip Log - 09/14/06 - Goodbye New Delhi, I’m heading home.
India - Trip Log - 09/15/06 - The Road Home