16.02.2010 - 18.02.2010 16 °C
Well, as anyone who has ever spent any amount of time in India will concur - the one big problem is sleep. The traffic never stops zooming around and pipping their damned horns.
AND my hotel room is next to some kind of power unit which hums and buzzes all night. It did stop from 3 - 5am but that was all so I am distinctly tired.
This morning was cool and damp. Foggy with a touch of rain - like being back in the UK but warmer.
But despite all of this I am glad to be here. I will change my room this weekend and will feel a lot happier.
My english colleagues despaired of me this am. I actually went down for breakfast and ordered my favourite - masala dosa. You should have seen their faces. You'd think i had asked for char grilled unicorn or something! They don't get the idea of eating something spicy for breakfast. Neither did I at first. Like them I would wrinkle up my nose and reach for the cornflakes. But after setting off at an early hour on a trip one time we stopped at a roadside "hotel" for breakfast and I had masala dosa and idli with sambal. Yum! The spice after an early morning (with a cup of the sickly sweet milky coffee - I usually drink espresso!) was like nectar. Since then I have been hooked.
Another foody fave is thali. Veggi thali usually comes with 7 or 8 small pots of different foods, some steamed rise, poppadoms and a few bits of pickle. It is a good way to taste a wide range of foods without the risk of getting a large portion of something you dislike.
Last night was bindhi do piaza (ocra / ladies fingers in a spicy tomato and onion sauce). Mmmm! Really good. A bit too spicy for some of my colleagues but I thought it was lovely.
Well, sorry if this is getting a bit boring atthe moment. We are going for a day out on Saturday so hopefully will have something funnier to report.