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... for our train back. The train was packed when we arrived, forcing us to have to sit on shelves above the seats meant for luggage. This uncomfortable ride accurately reflected the $1 we paid in train fare. After 3 hours in this encumbered position, we finally arrived back in Bangalore and I was happy to be back to our home away from home.
Food this week: Dosa
American food cravings: Kraft mac & cheese
Very slightly more rested we staggered out of bed around 10 am and spent some time deciding what to do. After various permutations of our plan it turned out Lauren had had her heart set on going to Café Coffee Day the whole time. So we walked down some wide and shady streets peppered with imposing government buildings and parks. The coffee, Lauren had a hazelnut cappuccino, made us giddy with joy. Another short walk and we walked into Parklane Hotel ...
... All along the streets are market stalls and then we come across a very posh air conditioned mall selling clothing, jewellery and cosmetics. This must be where the monied Indians come to shop. Our stroll takes us as far as the northern end of the palace and then we double back to see some colonial architecture, a clock tower and Rangacharlu Memorial building, before making our way back to the hotel.
It's New Year's Eve and we ...
... by a deep hocking from the pit of their stomachs and then spitting. They spit on the floor, outside shops as they are talking to you, in restaurants at the sinks where you wash your hands before and after eating, at the gates of Palaces - its almost the first thing a group of men do when they meet as a sign of hello. For me each time I hear it - It's like someone drawing their nails down a blackboard. However it doesn't stop at spitting.... burping - loudly pretty much anywhere ...
... kind of boring except it had a restaurant on the roof the was like a tiki bar crossed with an Indian BBQ place with live Indian music. In the morning we went on a walking tour of Lal Bagh Gardens which is like the Stanley Park of Bangalore. Our guide Vijay was very knowledgeable and a great story teller. After the walk the group went to MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room) for breakfast. MTR is a Bangalore institution and ...