Today we have tasted how the other half live, and it is good!
Jazz, I take it all back.
We headed over to the area of Delhi this morning to meet Jasmine, and spent the morning wandering around Green Park 'Market'. Clearly Dan and I were expecting to find something not dissimilar to the Bazaar we have become previously accustomed to - alas, when Jazz called it a market, what she really meant was a parade of shops which included no less than three coffee shops, one of which was a Costa, and a fully airconditioned Boots equivalent.
Market indeed. She is in for a shock, as from today, she joins us and tastes what we have come to accept as the 'real' India. For the next ten days she won't shower, wash, or eat particularly well, and will have to put up with the incessant jokes about our poo and sweat!
Her cousin was very accomodating though, and she provided us with an amazing lunch - a relative feast. So we thank her very much for that.
This afternoon we discovered the remains of a temple in the middle of central New Delhi, one of the many surprises we have come to expect from this country. We also drove to the largest Muslim temple in the world, which has only been finished in the last year, which was extremely surreal. It had coffee shops, and a boat ride complete with animatronic figurines of India through the ages. Again, not something we had expected.
Tonight, the night market beckons, and bargain hunting is on the agenda!
Tomorrow sees our last day in Delhi, before the three of us set out on our mini-adventure.
The three amigos.
The three musketeers.
The three tenors.....?
Rob, Dan, and Jazz
PS. An added bonus for the day: the three of us have just spent our first evening together, and have had quite a time of it. The rickshaw we lost lost a tyre, so we spent half the evening on the motorway trying to flag down another to get us back to our room....not fun! We did have a wicked meal though, and mucho vino did flow. It looks like the next week and a bit could be quite interesting! Much more than the usual mundane antics anyway!