I've done way too much shopping with Marcela, but great shopping, and I've had my fortune read and my life story told, and I've been guided by my favorite little kid Babu all over town, culminating on my first day with a ringside seat at the large Puja along the Ganga... He beat off all the vendors and the bigger kids and made sure I was comfortable. The leader guy (whatever you call them... Monk? Although I don't think they are officially monks) came down to talk to me before the ceremony, and that was pretty neat, it was like chatting with the rock star before the show.. if I wasn't so numb to that experience, that is.. Anyway, afterwards, I went to bed and then Babu arranged a boat ride for the morning for me, him, his other little friend Babu (II) and then this older kid Rahul, who is a nice kid, but won't shut up about himself and his Brahman status.. Anyway. I will get in to some details when I have time. Right now I'm at Krrish's 'shop' where he is trying to get me on a plane to head south. Sadly, my friend Marni won't be joining me on the beach in Goa, but as with last year, many friends that I haven't met yet- and some that I have- will be.
Looks like I might have to head north to Delhi again before I go south. Well, that's not the end of the world, and I'll save that much on shipping... I bought a shitload of shawls, some bangles, and some silk scarves here. Marcela and I have not changed from last year to this one of being terrible influences on each other when it comes to shopping.
OK, maybe I can get some photos uploaded. How many photos can you upload in India in 15 minutes? bets, anyone?
Ok, starting a quick entry before I go tromping off with little Bapu to Sarnath with some english guy named Simon. Varanasi has always had an ace of magic up it's sleeve for me, and this time is no exception. The unexpected pops it's head out from every corner... I love it. I go to sleep (thus far, very early every night, tonight is different with this Sarnath adventure, maybe) thinking.. 'what would have happened if I hadn't have gone