Tuesday, December 20, 2011

And what to wear?

What to wear?  No idea.  When I visited Egypt two years ago I was determined not to wear shorts and tee-shirts and look like a tourist.  Conveniently, this allowed me to wear what I always wear, even when I got to ride a camel:

The added bonus was that I wore the same jacket and slacks to Colgate graduation about a week after this picture was taken.  There's nothing that says "graduation" like the faint whiff of camel.

I should say that my effort to blend in was, of course, a complete failure, but at least I felt like I was treating the place and people with respect.

On this trip, I am planning much the same strategy.  Probably the same jacket actually.  That said, Padma and Eliza are planning to take us all clothes-shopping on arrival, so who knows how we will end up.

Advice on appropriate garb?


  1. You should be fine with your normal clothes, but I would recommend comfortable shoes. The streets aren't always paved very well, and temples often have lots of stairs. Plus, traffic lights/laws are questionable, so you'll need to be able to run when necessary.

    I loved India, and you've all traveled much more widely than I have, so you'll be fine. Have a great trip!

  2. Thanks, Stephanie. I only wear comfortable shoes! In Egypt I wore good sandals. I am not sure if those will hold up for this trip.