We made it … oh yes we are here in India – a country that is a sensory overload, especially for the ears and nose! This is my third trip here but the first time with Bini. Nearly a day after we took off from Sydney airport we finally landed here at 11.30 at night – 15 minutes early! A good start although collecting the bags was a tedious process and we wont talk about the Bini’s mirrors.
This morning we were slow to emerge but we had a glorious Indian feast. The head waiter, spying that we were checking out all the food presented, offered us an Indian breakfast which we immediately lapped up. He even prepared non-chilli dishes for Bini … oh yum! Delicious dosa and lentils and yoghurt. I didn’t care. I was sampling the lot! The hotel has a rather enticing pool so after breakfast – we swam … well, sort of. Yes, we dipped our feet into the pool.
breakfast at Hyatt
This afternoon was time to catch up with some friends I met last year at the Bookaroo Children’s Book Festival! Hello Anoushka and Kishan! Thank you (and your mother) for escorting us around for a few hours this afternoon, showing us a few of the Delhi tourist spots – India Gate, The Houses of Parliament, and the Presidential Palace, all exquisite forms of architecture.
the Palace and Gates
And I really know I am in India now – that wonderful orchestra of car horns and bicycle bells and sirens are all around, macaques are congregating along the roadside and nothing says congestion chaos more than a minor road accident in Delhi – there were lots of observers too! We haven’t taken a Tuk Tuk ride yet but this is one Tuk Tuk that was going nowhere! All over town we are seeing billboards advertising the forthcoming Brisbane G20 meeting. I didn’t know that it was a tourist attraction!
No ride here
just sunday traffic
A quick stop at the Mahatma Gandhi Museum, and the Nehru Memorial Museum, before we retreated back to our hotel for a very late afternoon tea of assorted cakes, almond and orange, New York Cheesecake (not as good as the New York ones) and Affogato Cheesecake washed down with a Lassi and now, the day is done!
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]