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I manage an emergency ticket to Varanasi but have half a day to kill before the train leaves. I get a bus back to center and take to foot to explore. I walk past the Indira Gandhi Memorial, in search of the Victoria Memorial and come across the rather dilapidated planetarium. Questioning if it's even still open someone pops out the door to answer my query, yes, it's still in use. ...
... for food and the sound of vendors coming... "Chai, chai, coffee, chai?" I was 15 hours into my journey to Kolkata and surprizingly, I had really enjoyed my time thus far. A community seemed to grow quite quickly on the train and different travelers would come and go. A lot of people were very interested to talk to me, curious about where I am from. Most people thinking I'm nuts for traveling India alone. The next ten hours somewhat seemed to fly by and before I knew ...
We got up at around 7 ready to get our taxi back to the airport at 8. The mountains were very clear today so we stopped for some photo opportunities on the way. After the flight we rushed back to the Taylor's just at the end of the block from the hotel for my final fitting of the suit and to pick it up. It was great and the owner studied ...
... the hotel, shower and change for dinner which Philip, the most marvellous host who seemed to be able to get us into anywhere, had booked us a table at Mocambo's.
I do not remember Mocambo's but I know many of the King's House crew do.......sad to tell yoy the dance floor is no longer there. Peter tells me the last time he was there he danced the twist to Chubby Checker!...... This may be too much information!
... the 40kms trip. How lucky is that! We then rode the 20 or so kms into Kolkata and after a Mexican stand off with a toll bridge official we made it into this sprawling metropolis. We managed to somehow stop near to the Hyatt regency at the east of the city and Rich enquired as to the cost of a room. It wasn't as bad as first thought but as we were out of town attempted to ride to the chowringhe area where more modest accommodation would ...