The Piccadily Lucknow
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We chose Lucknow as a staging point to break a long and tedious journey to Varanasi. Upon arrival we had to report the stolen phone to the police who were incredibly helpful but the report was made on a plain piece of paper with carbon paper underneath. We had to ask for a stamp and a reference number to make it look just a little bit more official.
We were introduced to the tourist police ...
... temperature didn't get above 15C for the four days we stayed and it rained a lot. Good times. On our first morning, Laura was in her element at the Lloyd Botanical Gardens, enjoying orchids and roses and the lush greenery. Afterwards we found Glenary's, a cafe bakery with fresh croissants, sausage rolls and tea on tap! We wandered around the many emporiums and tea shops, clad in all the items of clothing we've been waiting three months to need! The next day ...
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Let's jump back to yesterday morning to begin...
Friday morning started a little hectic. I didn't wake up from the alarm, which normally happens to begin with, and Jenna had to shake me to get me moving. I jumped in the shower (speaking of which, look at the picture at the bottom of this post for what we are working with here) and we were running out of the room to join the rest of our team for ...
... The site of this infamous historical incident is still here, with the buildings very much as they were at the end of the conflict. It was fascinating for me to walk into the buildings I had read about.
For the first time since my trip started, it was raining heavily. My wet wether gear was called into service, but I soon realized that due to the high temperatures, wet weather gear may keep the rain out, but it also causes extreme perspiration. So, ...
... paan spit that everyone chews. They were doing some major construction in the main shopping section in a very haphazard way. The sidewalks were full of holes big enough to disappear into, which weren't marked or blocked off. Cables hung low so that if you didn't pay attention you'd get strung up on one. People were drilling, sawing and welding right there with no protective gear. Women in beautifully colored saris shoveled cement into large metal bowls and ...