The trip starts at the Västerås bus station where Hans and Maria embarks the bus to the airport.
The bus company Nettbuss is supposed to take Hans and Maria from Västerås to Arlanda airport but between Bålsta and Sigtuna it stops due to engine failure. Luckily, the Swedbus Arlanda bus passes and stops to pickup the Nettbuss passengers.
After checking in the luggage and passing several security checks, Hans and Maria embarks the aircraft.
Hans and Maria have to wait 4 hours in the Dubai terminal before embarking the aircraft taking them to India.
Hans and Maria arrive to the Hyderabad airport Sunday morning 09:00.
When leaving Västerås bus station the temperature is -3ºC and after 20 hours of travel they arrive to the hotel in a temperature of +30ºC.
Telia sends an SMS with current prices for telephone calls and Internet surfing.
Välkommen till Indien! Surfa: 169 kr/dag (200 MB) 40.00 kr/MB Ringa till Sverige eller inom Indien: 16.00 kr/min, Öppningsavgift för samtal: 0.79 kr Svara: 6.00 kr/min Skicka sms: 3.20 kr Ta emot sms: 0 kr Skicka mms: 8.00 kr Ta emot mms: 8.00 kr
During the week Indian rupee (INR) is used as currency. 1 euro (EUR) is equal to 80 rupees (INR).
Hans and Maria are picked up from the hotel every morning by Murali Kalijavedu. He drives them to the Cyient office which is very close.
After lunch Hans and Maria take a walk around the campus.
The hotel has a 25-meter swimming pool, at least that is what the personnel states and it is also confirmed by Hans estimate. Hans and Maria use the pool directly after work and swim 1000 meters or more.
Wednesday is a non-working day for Hans. Harish Chand Bitra takes Hans and Maria for a full day sightseeing in Hyderabad.
They leave the hotel by car at 10:00 and return to the hotel at 20:00 after the following events:
The first stop is the Chowmahalla Palace where the driver parks his car just outside the gate.
After leaving the Chowmahalla Palace the car makes a short trip and drops off Hans, Maria and Harish at the beginning of the Laad Bazar Road.
Harish guides Hans and Maria up the stairs of the Charminar monument.
Hans get knowledge of that the new Metro opened for service some months ago November 29th 2017. He really wants to try it and Harish arranges this.
The driver leaves Hans, Maria and Harish at the Paradise station and picks them up later at Ameerpet station.
The group travels to the large, modern Hyderabad Metro Rail maintenance depot Miy Apur, to investigate if they can make a visit
Harish makes a large effort to convince the gate security to let the group in, but of course it is impossible, without previous arrangement.
The sightseeing tour is finished at the handicraft museum park Shilparamam. Hans and Maria bought some handicraft and then they went for a walk in the museum park.
A warning is received a day after Hans has been exposed to mosquitos during his sightseeing tour: "An increase in mosquito-borne illnesses has been reported in Hyderabad possibly due to changes in weather conditions. These mainly comprise of dengue and malaria."
Now it is too late to follow the advice, including wearing clothing that covers most of the body.
Friday evening, after swimming 1500 meters, Hans remembers one thing that is missing. He has not travelled with a Tuk-tuk. He exits the hotel area and grab one on the street, explaining in visual language that he only wants to go a round trip.
|Idag är det fredagen den 16 mars och jag sitter i en Tuk-tuk i Hyderabad där vi tagit en liten rundtur ner mot centrum. Och klockan är väl runt sex och solen går ner.|
Every evening Hans and Maria have dinner at the hotel restaurant. The food is of high quality.
At 06:30 a taxi picks up Hans and Maria for a 45-minute drive to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
|Cabin crew, prepare for take-off.|
|Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Stockholm Arlanda airport where the local time is 10 minutes to 7 in the evening and the temperature is minus 3 degrees Celsius, 27 degrees Fahrenheit. Please keep your seat belt fastened until the sign has been switched off. Thank you for flying Emirates in partnership with Quantas. We hope you enjoyed your flight and we look forward to see you again soon.|
|Mina damer och herrar, välkomna till Stockholm Arlanda Flygplats där den lokala tiden börjar närma sig 7 på kvällen och temperaturen är minus 3 grader Celsius. Vänligen sitt kvar med säkerhetsbältet fastspänt tills flygplanet stannat helt och säkerhetsbältslampan har släckts. Den som önskar använda sin telefon kan göra det nu. Vi vill tacka dig för att du har valt att flyga med Emirates. Jag hoppas att du haft en angenäm flygresa och vi ser fram emot att träffa dig i framtiden. Godkväll.|
While waiting in Dubai for the flight to Stockholm, Hans order the bus travel from Arlanda to Västerås, using his iPhone6.
The ticket is a youth ticket according to the company discount.
Confirmation is received by SMS.
Välkommen till Bus4You Hämta biljetten här: http://www.nettbuss.se/biljett?yMpmFKyCreBnBCTNQjXSWQ%3d%3d Avg: 17 mar 20:10 Arlanda (Arlanda) Ank: 17 mar 21:30 Västerås (Resecentrum)
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