Empire Royale Hotel
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Breakfast at Leupold's, complete with finding the bullet holes in the wall. This is the bar/coffee shop made famous in the book Shantarama. Then I talked Diane into trying to get into the Taj Mahal Hotel lobby. No problem, and we had fun having a pee in their decadent washroom. No photo, but there was an attendant to open the door for me. Some incredibly expensive shops inside the hotel, but neither of us needed a Rolex that morning.
Bumped into a tour guy and got talked ...
... had no idea I would have servants. It's a bit weird to have zero life admin, but I'm getting used to it! Trying to pick up some Hindi now as they don't speak one word of English which makes things a bit awkward, although we do sit and watch cricket together and they've taught me a few cricket-related Hindi words. Went for a wander about on the first night and it's just utter madness, don't know where to look as there's so much going on, ended ...
... all be shocked by it.
Oh, and they really need to get over the fact that a woman on her own can have a drink! Twice I was asked by a concerned waiter if I was really sure I wanted a beer. Maddening!
Women are still kept separate in a lot of ways - separate queues at ticket counters, separate carriage on trains. Women will naturally all sit together on a bus or ferry etc. they are unlikely to sit next to a man ...
... tuk and train ride, we knew where we were but not where we wanted to be. It was also hot and humid, with every tuk tuk driver and every second person on the street asking what we were looking for, before ignoring our answer and proceeding to offer up any suggestion from their brother's silk shop, to an uncle's cheap hotel (very close). The point we had marked on the phone was copied from Google maps; our history with Google wasn't so great and we should have learnt ...
... lunch breaks that everyone's warned us against.
The man at the office advised us on somewhere to get breakfast and we ate at a tiny little restaurant where you queue at a window for your food, and had really yummy but soo spicy little samosas and saag style spicy potatos... a nice wake up call. Then we went to 'fashion street' to hit the hareems big time. As my more avid fans will note I am absolutely obsessed with these highly unflattering ...