The Oldest Living City

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 30, 2010

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Mishra Guest House

Flag of India  , Uttar Pradesh,
Friday, July 2, 2010

After a train ride from hell, I mean, hell.  We're in the sleeper class, which meant that all the windows were open the whole time, blowing delicious smells and dirt into our faces.  We had a bench to sleep on during the evening, which were at the perfect level to get our feet fondled by passersby, while a little boy we let take a photo of us at the train station continued to stalk us for the duration of our 20 hour train ride, along with several other grown men whom were around at the time.  We woke up in the morning at around 7 to see them just standing, smiling at the end of our benches, like "hello, we've been staring at you for possibly the last 9 hours, just watching you sleep :)"  Comforting.  By the next afternoon, there were 7 times the amount of people that should have been in our car, making our benches not just for one person, but for 6.  We found our perches on the top bunks, avoiding their stares and burying ourselves in our books for the rest of the trip. 

But ahh, we're here.  No wait, we have to take an autorickshaw to the edge of the city where they aren't able to fit cause the city is so old, and walk for about an hour (because we think our guy got lost) to get to the hotel we finally settled in.  But then we head out to the balcony and see the Ganges, with egypt on the other side...wait, that's not right is it?  Anyway, it is a great view and our long day was over. 

The next morning we got up at 4:30 to watch the sunrise on a boat of the Ganges, with the sun slowly lighting up the ghats along the river.  It was breathtaking, one of the most beautiful sunrises I've ever seen.  We took an interesting yoga class following our lovely sunrise.  He was supposed to have 25 years experience, but I'm pretty sure he was like 19.  Needless to say we looked elsewhere that afternoon.  When we got to the "yoga training center" we started talking to one of the teachers, who informed us that she had just recently become a mother. Her husband would be teaching the class today, because she was still having back pains after giving birth, which we thought was totally acceptable.  She proceeded to casually inform us that at four in the morning she had gone into labor, and a few hours later had had a beautiful baby girl.  By recently becoming a mother, she meant within the last eight hours.  And she was talking to us,  and walking around, and looking relatively fine.  It was kind of incredible considering 8 hours before she had popped out a kid.  I guess Indians just don't take long to get back on their feet.  We were like "go back to sleep, rest, we are just fine, we don't need anything, and congratulations.

We took a couple classes there over the next few days, the instructor was this potbellied old guy with seven teeth, 3 of which were black, but he was a good teacher anyway.  Tomorrow we are off on another 20 hour train ride to Calcutta, but we are under the impression that this time we have AC.  Here's hoping.
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Adrienne on

Chris! I am so excited for your adventures! I spent 4 months in Varanassi and was mezzzmorized! Explore the streets! BE SAFE!

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