We make the (Wait) list
Trip Start Oct 18, 2009
132Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Train from Varanasi to Satna
Rach had spoken to Monu's parents last night and they had said we could stay until 10:30 pm tonight before leaving for our train to Satna. This was really good news and we slept as long as we could until around 9am. I was still feeling bad but as the temperature rose decided that having another cold shower and then heading out was probably best. We got to the bakery and as feared it was busy and full of people just like ourselves: Westerners wearing ethnic clothing, sitting cross legged on cushions and eating organic muesli, hiding from the sun, the Varanasionians and the dodgy hygiene. We joined a couple of rough Aussie girls from Newcastle which was good in a way. I was feeling pretty bad and it forced me into conversation, laughing and not feeling sorry for myself
Around 2 we headed back to the oven for a rest and more trying to keep cool. Although still pretty rubbish I was in general feeling like I might be over the worst and so we were sticking to our plan of heading for the train tonight. It would be air-conditioned and might actually be the best thing to happen to me in days.
In the evening we headed back to yesterdays lunch place and had another Mediterranean combo and a roasted aubergine pizza. Yes the vegetarianism continues, but in India it’s not a hard choice for various reasons.
Once back at the guesthouse we slowly packed up and said farewell to Monu and family. Not before paying a little extra for the additional time we spent in the room
Michael Schumacher’s Indian cousin took us to the Varanasi Junction station in an auto-rickshaw and how we didn’t hit something I’ve no idea. Actually I think we did hit another rickshaw but the load bang was just another in a deafening cacophony of sounds so I’m not sure.
And so yet again we go through the ‘Wait List’ lottery, late at night in an Indian train station. Oddly this time, I had a confirmed berth but Rach had remained Wait List 4 instead of being the one behind me and being RAC 1. To start with we had been Wait List 5 and 6 respectively. The train arrived at 11:20 and we had approximately 10 minutes to track down our carriage (well my carriage) , check the list, find the ‘TT’ and try and bribe Rach onto the train if need be.
We found the carriage and the list and Rach was still WL3