Re-reading the introduction to this blog, I notice I promised excitement.
With the exception of our tiger sighting, and our trips on the crazy Indian roads, on the face of it you may be thinking that at the moment it is not that exciting. Interesting maybe, funny, well naturally when you have an author like me, but exciting? You may think not.
But it really is.
It's hard to describe what it's like just walking the streets here. Now I have grown accustomed to it all, and perhaps in the least week and half truly come to the travellers way of thinking, excitement is everywhere. An afternoon stroll can throw up any number of things - cultural encounters with locals, a hidden mosque or simply just avoiding the cow dung in the street.
It's the unexpected that have made this trip exciting so far. Each town or place we have visited has thrown us something different, and now we are both beginning to embrace it, we can appreciate it even more.
Take last night as an example: we headed to what we thought was going to be night market. It was a pretty standard affair, with the usual local handiwork being sold. This was not strange. What was unusual was it's location. Right in the middle of the city was a public garden. It was green, and lush, and everything you would expect a garden to be, but in the middle of an Indian city. Children played, couples walked hand in hand, and power walkers were circling the central lawn, (inappropriately dressed I might add, in shirts and slacks!) Naively I suppose, this was the last thing I expected to discover when we got into our rickshaw to take us there, but it was exciting to find it.
The way these places seem to ambush you with such things are whats making the trip so far. If you are following the trip, and think that maybe it is becoming mundane or unchanging - think again. It is simply this - you have to see it to understand, and my minimal grasp of language cannot do justice to the things we are experiencing.
We are just three weeks in, and have thirteen left. We have so much left to do, but so much has already happened, and hopefully anyone keeping track of us will not soon be sick or our little adventure!
If you are tiring of the mundane descriptions of rooms and temples, I aplogise. Just bear with it - adventures all need their down moments to make way for the big set pieces -
just watch Indiana Jones. Spielberg is no shmuck!