Hotel de l'Orient
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... which had been written about in our guide book and apparently appeared on Rick Steins India program some weeks earlier. It was called Baker Street and did all manner of breads, cakes and cheeses! It apparently looked amazing on the program. We really should learn to take these things with a pinch of salt. We got there and sure enough there were some breads and baguettes out. The cabinets and bread baskets were mostly empty ...
... are over a cup of tea and chocolate hobnob.
There were lots of celebrations over the weekend for Earth day - the most surreal being a gathering in a field. About seventy of us spent the evening sat around a fire, chanting and then dancing around it to the beat of the bongos for hours. Surreal is probably an understatement - but once I stopped thinking how ridiculous I must have been looking and in fact how the whole scene must be looking, I felt a wonderful sense of ...
... to find out. Back at our hotel I went swimming for the first time on this trip, I was initially dubious about the pool as it was quite green and you could not see the bottom, but it did seem better today. On getting in it was like a bath, so warm! There was a group of Indian men in the shallow end of the pool playing volley ball, occasionally the ball ended up in the deeper water, only then did I realise that most of them could not swim and I had ...
... aren’t there. I am mortal, and I am proud.
The following day I lose myself. There are drinks. There are girls. There’s music and dancing and motorcycle rides. I’m driving a moped on ECR back from the club when a cop tries to pull me over. He waves his flashlight at me and tries to step in the road to get in my way. I dodge around him without a second thought. I’m not getting beaten by a drunkard. Not tonight. I count myself lucky at what ...
... window, there's nowhere I'd rather be. I feel fulfilled, accomplished in a way that my environment of safety can never give.
Tomorrow I'll wake up with no idea what to expect. There'll be men carrying baskets of hot red earth on their heads. Women will walk the sidewalks dressed head to toe in blooming colors. They might stare at me as I pass by. The people I meet inside will be unpredictable, and if I reach out the first hello, I might find myself ...
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