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#1 Aug 30th, 2006, 13:05
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Backpacker fallacy #1:

Abject conditions = authenticity. "You haven't seen the REAL India unless you've traveled 2nd class from Kanyakumari to Ladakh with your head up a goat's ass."

Backpacker fallacy #2:

"India is soooo spiritual." Haven't been to Bangalore, then?

Backpacker fallacy #3:

All conversations with locals are interesting cultural exchanges. More like the third degree.

Backpacker fallacy #4:

The hippies in Goa are more free than you. Being stuck in a time warp isn't freedom.

Backpacker fallacy #5:

If you survive India, you'll survive anything. In fact, you'll find it almost unbearably difficult to survive being back home and going to work.
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Cool

Great idea for a thread Vasko. Be careful because censhorship are moving around.

About Fallacy number one, I find very often in Spanish Forums about India (LP and others)that people is boasting about how they live in India with only 200 or 300 rupees a day. Probably that means we all are so stupid, because we spend some more money, even if we travel on real budget.

Probably you can add a new fallacy: "India is very, very hard for the travelller, probably is not the place to go for people like you, in my case is different..."

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Especially like #3 and #5. You do learn a lot about other cultures by getting the 3rd degree (for instance, the culturally different concept of *boundaries*)....
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Another one

O did you really miss that (obscure, little, out of the way) temple? Well, then you haven't really visited India....

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good nice reads..add on will make it better.
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And another one

And we got really ill, we both had to be taken to hospital and hooked up to IV (the last part is the qualifying one)

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"India chaaanges you, maaan...!" (coming back from India, unshaven, wearing a Bandana and smelling like a monkey)

Also, feel free to exchange 'India' for 'Cambodia', 'Laos', or 'Burma'
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Worryingly I've met plenty of people who want to interchange India, Cambodia, Laos or Burma with THAILAND!
'I went to Thailand and like travelling changes you maaaaannnn.'
('I went to Aya Napa, and like travelling changes you geezer.' - anyone?)

Backpacker Fallacy #9 (?)
I've done India, I went to Manali. - Spending 6 months smoking dope in Manali does not mean you have 'seen the real India', only that you're lucky not to be seeing a real Indian prison.

Backpacker Fallacy #10
Delhi is soooo hardcore - No. Mogadishu is hardcore, Delhi is just hardwork occasionally.
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"India chaaanges you, maaan...!" (coming back from India, unshaven, wearing a Bandana and smelling like a monkey)
the comeback for this one is, "yeah, well if it chaaaannnges me into *you* I'm not sure I wanna go...." ;-)
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Backpacker Fallacy #11
"I feel so free in India...."
.... no mate, you feel rich, which means you can afford to not work and pretty much have servants, unlike back home where you have to sort yourself out.


ps what a great thread.... pity I have to go to work....
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Originally Posted by sirensongs the comeback for this one is, "yeah, well if it chaaaannnges me into *you* I'm not sure I wanna go...." ;-)
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Originally Posted by Jorge Reverter "India is very, very hard for the travelller, probably is not the place to go for people like you, in my case is different..."

Jorge
Haha, yes, that's the "I don't know if you can handle it maaan..."

Great thread, and so true...
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Backpacker fallacy #12:"I'm treading off the beaten path."

Then why do I see that Lonely Planet peeking out of your backpack?
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Backpacker fallacy #13: "Two months in India is an abolute minimum."

A receptive traveller will learn more about India in two hours than you ever will lying in your hammock stoned and eating pancakes for two years.
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