Time for a clean out

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day 90 – 4th April
A fantastically lazy morning this morning.  We had breakfast in the room again and didn’t muster the energy to head out until around 2 in the afternoon.  We still hadn’t bought anything from India for ourselves – we’re trying to buy one thing from each country – and as Rach had heard of a Government run Emporium that had slightly higher but fixed prices we reckoned it might be a good place to check out. 
We have really been put off buying in India as we have absolutely no idea of the cost of larger purchases and don’t want to get well and truly ripped off.  We got a rickshaw and headed through the chaotic streets around Main Bazaar and out onto the slightly faster but just as chaotic main streets of New Delhi.  Again we suspected our rickshaw driver didn’t really know where he was heading and yet again we had to shout at him to get across the fact that we didn’t want to go to another emporium that sold gold that he knew about, we wanted to go to the one we were pointing to on the really easy to understand map we had.  And again taking the navigating into our own hands we found the place no problem.
The emporium turned out to be a huge shop over 6 levels selling every kind of tourist treasure you could want.  Some good, some tacky, but all with a price sticker on.  What a wonderful novelty!  Unfortunately other than 300 quid wall hangings and 100 quid candle holders, both of which were exactly what we were after  and both of which was far too expensive, there wasn’t anything else that jumped out and was affordable.   What was affordable however, well only just, was a real filter coffee from their coffee shop.  Delicious and made the whole outing worthwhile.
Having spent a ridiculous three or so hours in the emporium it was around six when we headed back to theh hotel.  Again, I don’t think we managed to pass a single stretch of pavement that isn’t being dug up in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in October.  The government doesn’t seem to have realized that actually just tidying the city up and providing bins etc and maybe public toilets would have been the best way of preparing for a world event.  I don’t really see what digging up every pavement and relaying it will achieve.  Apart from anything else, I don’t believe there is any way at all that all this work will be completed in time.  There is a limit to how quickly three old crippled women with basic hand tools, and 6 year old children for helpers, can work, which seems to be the standard workforce on each street corner.
Once back at the hotel I decided to properly clean out my sugar solution flask.  Last night I had a low sugar level and had to drink some solution from it.  Up until now this hasn’t been too bad with at worst a moldy flavour with some bits floating in it.  But last night was positively revolting.  When I opened the cap there was a loud hiss and a sulphurous stench escaped out.  It really smelled awful and thinking about it now I’m not sure how I drank it.  The taste was actually okay.  I think the water came out the tap in Kajuraho and we sterilized it but I’ll be using  7Up or bottled water for this solution from now on! 
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lizzy on

You must be absolutely loving the cows Rachel.

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