Blog for the afternoon of tues 12th feb
We have told you about our arrival here and the prison cell room we are staying in. As you know we spent the morning looking around the temple and trying to find toilets . About 3 o clock we arranged to meet a man who wouldtake us to Wagah (the Pakistan boarder) in a taxi share with 4 other people. As usual we arrive with plenty of time to spare and make ourselves comfy on the small fold out seats in the back. A short while later an Indian couple came and joined us. Another while later a few more get in followed by a few more so on and so on ! We were crammed in like a concentrated tin of sardines on special offer! There were 12 of us altogether! Yes 12!! I had an itchy toe not long after we set off for the hour trip, it took me ages before finding my own foot in the masses of tangled limbs!
When we got there and all piled out we were attacked by the usual selling of chai coffee postcards and food along the 1km walk to the gate. We went for a chai and got talking to a couple of young Sikh blokes from Calcutta who insisted they paid for the drinks, which made a nice change from people trying to get us to part with our money.
As we are white we were able to have VIP seats down at the front near the gates but we decided to stay with the crowds sitting on the steps to watch the closing of the boarder. Everyone was dancing and cheering. It was a bit like a football match in a way that each side (India V's Pakistan) were trying to out do the other side. The atmosphere was amazing. We had such a good time!
On our way back to the taxi we got talking to a 6ft red haired woman from Holland. I always thought that I was stared at but being next to her put me a bit at ease! People were falling over themselves to get a look bless her!
Managed to all get back into the taxi and made our way back to the temple. Found a nice place to eat and then walked around taking a few more pics and a video which hopfully has uploaded along with some others for you to see!
Angela - Don't worry Lucy will be fine, she will have the best time and everyone is so friendly there! I was 19 and alone when I went and everyone is just Lush!! xx
Kate - Who is doing my delivery? Have they made Sam do it? Don't forget to e-mail me with the whole story! I am dying to know all the details! xx
Mel - Thanks for the message I will try to get the time off work for the dates but not sure they will as I don't seem to be there much xxx Glad to take your mind off work for a while xx
Mum and dad and Beau - Love you lots. Thanks for the messages xxxx
Keri and John - Hope you are enjoying a fully stocked fridge for a few weeks xxx