Do you have that one travel memory that sticks with you? Is it a sunset, the joy of making a new friend, or the possibility of running into the unexpected? In a distant time I once lived in New Delhi, India. It is a chaotic city full of life, it is one of those places in the world you will either love or hate. The feeling depends on the day…
I had packed unprepared thinking the weather would be warm for all of the seasons. I was wrong, it was the end of the November, and the evenings were bone-chilling. I knew it was time to invest in some warm clothes.
I headed to the market in search of the perfect wool sweater. I came across one merchants table, looking up admiring a lovely green one hanging on the wall. I stepped closer, to get a better look.
I then looked at the merchant “Kitna?”
The man looked at me “For you only 200 rupees!”
I looked at him “Without the white man tax?”
He replied, “150!”
He assumed I was an easy target. It was then I got swept up in the moment, “Ne! Ne! Ne! 50 rupees!”
“No. I’ll go somewhere else!”
He started to exclaim “Wait! 110!”
I looked at him backing up “75!”
And with that I heard a man exclaim “Snake!”
I thought for a second that wasn’t part of the deal! I turned around, looking down, and I saw a man crouched next to the corner of the table. My brain registered and I gasped with the realization that I almost toppled over backwards on top of a snake charmer.
He once again exclaimed, “Snake!”
It was there I saw his beady eye snake peering at me. I was within less of a foot of a cobra. I screamed, and jumped fifty feet away. I screamed again, and only mildly recovering! My heart was racing the thought of being that close to a snake unbeknownst to me sent shivers down my spine.
I have always had a phobia of snakes and this one was within striking distant of my covered calf. My heart was racing, I blushed, everyone within the distance of the commotion was staring at the crazy white woman who almost walked into a snake and screeched like banshee.
In order to save face I recovered from my panic attack, ” 80 rupees! And you have a deal.”
Have you ever been startled by the unexpected?
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga