Life is interesting in the Hospitality sector. You meet people from all parts of the world, you gain knowledge of a new way of thinking and you see a new perspective in life!
So, when i received a text message from Dr Martin De Munck informing me that he will be coming to India again after a 2 year gap, I jumped with joy!
But hey! Did I introduce Dr Martin to you?
Introducing Dr Martin De Munck
Dr. Martin is a 64-year-old highly qualified, well learned Homoeopathic doctor from the Netherlands. He makes trips around the world on account of his work and his willingness to see new cultures and witness new places! I got to know him through my Homoeopathic Doctor Dr. Nandini Sharma, who told me in Jan 2017 (3 years back) that a doctor needs a place to stay in Delhi to attend a Homoeopathy conference. So, the BnBNation team sprung into action and cherry-picked a nice place for him to stay in March 2017. However, Dr. Martin and I became friends and we stayed in touch even after he was gone!
So, now that almost 3 years later, he planned a trip to India, I was filled with happiness! This time, his requirements were different as he was coming with a group of other Homoeopathic doctors, he needed a softer bed this time around and that he wanted to visit the old Delhi area more intensively! The task for the BnBNation team was cut out. We calmed down our nerves and started searching for the perfect BnB for his requirements that boasted of a soft bed, better hygiene and more rooms available. Fortunately, we found one this time in Saket and that was adjacent to the prominent Delhi’s famous malls.
As you can see in the video above, Dr Martin seems at ease at the end of the trip but he had a good 7 hour heritage walk in Old Delhi with his group of Netherlands-based Homoeopathic doctors and the next day we had planned a shopping spree in INA Dilli Haat! Shashank who took the group around the streets of old Delhi was gleaming with happiness at the end of the trip.
It was a memorable day trip with our four guests from Netherlands. At first, they just shocked when I wanted to take them for museum first before they reach Old Delhi. They welcomed my opinion only after knowing that it’s an open air museum with live workmanship on crafts. The museum doesn’t see much crowd and then aura of low lying village setting has took them to another world of imagination where they got touched by objects n textiles of Indian origin. Our journey to Old Delhi started with Red Fort and as I weaved many stories of Mughal era before we reach the Diwan-e-Khas. They were mesmerized by looking on these palaces and asked me many things about Indian culture which I politely answered.– This is what Shashank Gupta, who took everyone on a heritage walk, had to say about the group!
We took the narrow lanes to reach Parathe wali Gali and had some really tasty parathas when we were super hungry. Then our next stop was Jain Havelis, temples and neighborhood. They show prime examples of collectively living joint families and patronizing art of painting and stone carving. Last point was Spice Market which is famously known as Khari Baoli, I took them to the wholesale market n tell them about the consumption of spices in India and little story of trade exchange connected with Delhi n Agra.
They bought spices for home and we happily went back to our home. I’m touched by their kindness and appreciates their motivation to explore the city.
Dutch doctors go on a shopping spree!
Coming back to me and my thoughts, I thought the group would drop dead tired by the end of the shopping but everyone was fine and raring to go if i would have asked them to touch the moon! Their energy to explore something new totally amazed me!
By 5pm and after a long session of shopping in Dilli Haat for handicrafts, the group wanted to get some rest before heading out for a dinner where my partner and I had planned.
The last dinner with the Dutch doctors!
So, we regrouped at the Bed and Breakfast accommodation around 7 30 PM to head out for dinner. Though our original venue for dinner was an authentic Indian restaurant but the group was so tired of eating Indian stuff that we changed the course of the meal (like, literally!). Off we were to Thank God! It’s Friday (TGIFs) in DLF Promenade mall and with the light music and nice food they were happy to let their hair down! During the dinner, we started talking about things that define love and what they as individuals thought was the most important thing to keep in life! The answers amazed us and made us think “How similar, yet how different we are!”
Did i forget to introduce a special lady?
Dr. Loes Kremerr is a home-based Homoeopathy doctor in the Netherlands and has a penchant for Indian spices. She can eat spices so easily and you wont see tears rolling down her eyes or see her face turning red! I don’t think I can’t eat so many spices but hell yeah, she can!
The next morning, the group had to leave to catch an early morning flight so, we parted ways at 10 PM after dinner. It won’t be an exaggeration to say but we had tears in our eyes and the days had passed away so quickly and now it was time to part! All the guests raved about the BnB, the host, the feeling of a family while staying in the BnB. They were struggling to rate which day was better than the other as every day was eventful and a learning experience for each one of them ( My partner and I learnt a few things about life as well!) With a heavy heart and a hope to see each other, we hugged and bid adieu to one another!
There are some bonds that transcend physical boundaries and the concept of Bed and Breakfast accommodations eases in lowering such boundaries and lets people’s hearts meet!