Just a few short days after my last post, I was on my way for a 2 week stay in India! While I have managed to find plenty of eats, the “vegan” concept is still a bit foreign. I usually get offers of boiled veggies, fish, and chicken. Still – it hasn’t been all that challenging considering the plentiful vegetables and legumes!
Yoga every day! I certainly went for runs before heading to India, but haven’t since I’ve been here. The air quality is such that I wouldn’t go outside anyway – even with a group, and our crazy long days in residency leave me little desire to do hard cardio. So – every morning has been yoga and it’s been great.
Well – I’m in India! This is the last of my non-US residencies, and I have one more of those (in April) before graduating in May!
I arrived in Mumbai in New Year’s Eve. Despite being awake for about 38 hours, I still hit up the NYE bash at the Opium Den bar in the hotel with several of my classmates. Many others went to Dubai to stay with a classmate and ring in the new year.
I spent a week in Mumbai and, like much of what I’m seeing of India, it’s a study in contrasts. There are those who are very well off (2-3% of Indian’s are wealthy by international standards – and that’s a LOT of people, considering there are 1.2 billion people. That means there are more wealthy in India than the total population of Australia!), a rising middle class, and some abjectly poor. And you can see it all in a very short radius.
Mumbai has heavy British influences, though with an Indian spice. I found much of it quite pretty.
We left Mumbai after a week, flew to Delhi, and then took a 6 hour bus ride to Agra. It took 3 hours to get from the airport to the highway because traffic is so horrible – and it’s always this bad.
We rolled into Agra quite late, checked into our rooms, and went to bed. We had to be in the lobby by 6am to get to the Taj Mahal before it opened – hoping to see a sunrise, but it was foggy (or smoggy).
From there we went back to the hotel for breakfast, then off to the Agra fort. That was amazing!
Then it was lunch, and finally to a market and temple. That particular trip was completely chaotic, but like nothing else I’ve seen.
Then it was to the train station, back to Delhi, into a new hotel, a reception (which I admit I skipped so I could shower!), and then back to business today.
While here, I’m definitely embracing a different wardrobe!
Tonight I’m off to have dinner with a co-worker’s family! He’s from Delhi, and his mom and sister are making me dinner. SO excited!
On the non-India front, I promised pics of the finish painted guest room. Plus I can’t leave you without a few fluff balls and morning pictures!