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... and it worked! Magical! Generally, the cows will just walk around you but I have seen a few impatient cows push people out of the way with their heads before - it's very funny! Sitting at the train station was a bit overwhelming. I haven't really mentioned the beggars before but, in most places, you will find that people ask you for money. All the guidebooks, tour operators and locals tell you not to give money to the beggars as many are controlled by ...
... the “shack keeper” how much for a sim card, to which he replies “ 275 rupees”. Ok, tip for those planning on coming to India anytime soon - always ask for the total amount, and sometimes even the currency too, to get the full picture. After he pulls out a new sim and cuts it to size, it's now an extra 100 for activation, 50 for admin, etc etc for a grand total of 550 rupees lol. On top of that, he wants Cindy's passport to make photocopies of, ...
... that in a city which is teeming with people? Not so surprising I suppose if you limit the numbers to those who might visit successful restaurants. The bouncer was defeated and let us in. We were all moved to a table upstairs - possibly we were seen as a potentially rowdy group. We had yet another enjoyable evening, returning to our hotel for 'pudding' - Angela's Welcome cake from the Taj of the night before.
Indeed I have felt this before!
Mr Evans is once again leaving me to it and jumping on a jet plane and heading on. No doubt the flight will once again have chilled wine and decent in flight movies. He flies back to Delhi this morning, then tomorrow, back to the UK and onwards to his retirement home by the sea.
Hope you have a safe trip chap and please don't ...
... to Kolkata. As our last sight seeing day we visited the Sea Shore Temple, and the impressive and oldest solid rock carved temples of Mamallapuram. We continued in our car to Chennai central rail station where we embarked on Delia's final train journey, a 28 hours train home to Kolkata.
Delia and I spent the last few days here in Kolkata together packing, picking up ...