I got my luggage back!!! What a relief! I knew it had to show up, but four days in the same clothes was kind of wearing on me. It looked as though someone had done some serious digging, but so far all is accounted for. I cannot tell you how good it was to put my own pjs on last night.
It was kind of a rough night last night after leaving Agra for Delhi. We traveled by train and the train was an hour late getting there. I can honestly say that we saw some of the saddest things while waiting for the train. While we waited we were constantly being asked for money. One heartbreaking thing we saw was a man with no legs scooting himself around on his bottom begging us for money. Another was a tiny woman curled up in a blanket, lying on the ground where stray dogs had used the bathroom. I didn't even know there was a person there for a long time, until I saw a dog walk by her.
The porters who helped us with our luggage were a sight to behold. They had these long pieces of cloth that they rolled up and put on their heads. Then they proceeded to put 60 lb pieces of luggage on their heads, one suitcase stacked on another. Next, they put duffle bags to carry on their shoulders. I was dumbfounded.
We loaded on the train once it came and moved on down the road. I have been drinking a lot of water lately because my throat has been really scratchy and I have been coughing. So needless to say, I had to use the bathroom. I made my way to the back of the car to the bathroom. Once I got in the bathroom and got situated water started dripping all over me from the ceiling and was running down the wall. I have no idea what it was or where it came from, but I got out quick and left with a sick feeling in my stomach.
As we got to Delhi and were making our way to the car the hotel sent for us, I saw the saddest thing I have ever witnessed. There were people all over the train track digging through the trash from the train, eating food and drinking the little water at the bottoms of water bottles that had been thrown out. The stray dogs were right in there with them. I cannot even begin to describe the magnitude of the poverty here. I have never witnessed anything so sad in my life. Everywhere we go we see how these destitute people live. I was not prepared for how bad it would be here. It is all very humbling.
I am having a hard time reckoning how we live in a time where we have instant access to nearly anything and there are still people in the world who are eating out of the trash left on the train tracks. How is it that there are some of us so blessed and yet so many so hopeless? I know there are no easy answers to these things, but it is really overwhelming to me right now. It doesn't seem right.
So lost luggage seems terribly insignificant.