Early dark evening, shady streets, narrow paths and butcher shops selling pork and beef at every corner. That's pretty much my first impression of Shillong! FYI, by mentioning all this, I am not portraying the city in a negative frame but a different part of India.
I could sense the vibe more because I discovered most of the things about the place even before reaching there.
While I was studying it, I also learned that the local tribe doesn't understand either English or Hindi. However, it wasn't one of the first impressions.
I shared my cab (Guwahati to Shillong) with two other, one of them was an outsider like me so he knew both and the other one was local who communicated in understandable English. And the driver (who played a vital role in the tour) spoke Assamese Hindi. I was sorted for the time being :)
I didn't make any prior bookings in Shillong for the night. But as long as I had a good internet connection, a hotel for a night was not a pain! Anyways, didn't fret about spending the night. Just needed good sleep and a full belly before I start the ride of memories and only memories.
'Love catches you most unexpectedly', 'Opposite attracts', 'No matter what love makes its way through' - All such cute quotations came to life for me.
Despite the first impression, I was in Love.
How? Read on!