Kadama 10: Rickshaw ride from Hell

Trip Start Jul 12, 2012
Trip End Dec 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday night I went out with the "family" (my ISA group) to Chili's for dinner and Happy Hour which was an absolute blast! It was so nice to have American food – I had the Grilled Chicken Burger with Honey Mustard Sauce and French Fries with REAL HEINZ KETCHUP! The Heinz Ketchup here is actually better than it is in the U.S. It is made here in India and they use real sugar which makes for rich, thick ketchup. Delicious! Afterwards we took our taxi that we rented for the night to a club that was on the other side of town. Our driver ended up not knowing where the club was so he took us to one in Hyderabad called Rain. As we walked inside we questioned our driver’s motives because it was a newly constructed, empty hotel looking building. We decided to just take the escalator to the top floor and voila! The seventh floor was where the club sat and after going through security, we had made it! Rain is a very beautiful club being that the view is amazing, the music is good and it is clean. We ended up scoring VIP seats and had a great time dancing to western music and meeting locals. I spoke with a guy named John who is from Maryland and is working in Hyderabad with other Americans – small world!

The family danced for about two hours and then we left the club around 11:30 p.m. to head back to campus . It was so nice to have western food and western music to dance to. I know it has only been a week but it helps take away the culture shock factor.

Today was a rather relaxed day. I finally got to sleep in until 11:00 a.m. which was a nice change from the super early mornings during the week. We all had lunch together in the dining hall and then I decided to wash my laundry. Just my luck, the washers were not working because of the numerous extensive power outages throughout the day so I took matters into my own hands, literally. I hand washed my clothes and towels for about 40 minutes and hung them to dry. My arms are so sore already! Around 4:00 p.m. us girl went to Inorbit, which is a mall where Chili’s is located. We went to South Gate which is closer for us because of where the house is located – bad call. Once we got out of the campus it was like we were in rural India. People stared hard; harder than normal like they have never seen white females before. There were wild pigs, lots of dogs, and chickens getting slaughtered right before our eyes. There was a rickshaw that the entire back seat had bloody hairy skins from animals that I am not sure what they were. It was rather disturbing. We tried to hail down a rickshaw to get us out but we ended up walking pretty far until one came about. All six of us squeezed into a rickshaw and were on our way. The driver ended up taking us through a “shortcut” which honestly, we were all scared for our lives. We went on some back road, through flooding roadways, up steep hills, and through the slums. I do not think I breathed that entire time. Once we finally got to the mall, the driver ended up ripping us off. Frustrated, we all just wanted to get inside and grab some food. Go figure, we had dinner again at Chili’s and went shopping at Max and Hypercity which are both department type stores. I bought a few Kurtas, scarves, snack foods and other necessities. We took a rickshaw home and now I am sitting at my desk drinking a Twinning’s Green Tea with Mint and writing for all of you lovely people. God Bless and sleep tight!
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