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Published: February 28th 2019
Our first chance to sample the hotels breakfast menu.i tried the sweet corn pudding which was delicious .Its a little similar to rice pudding but made with sweet corn, spices and sugar.
Started our day with a rickshaw ride around the streets of old Delhi,trying to see the sights before the rest of India decided to do the same. Most of the shops don’t open until around 11 am but there was still much to see including monkeys running over the roofs of the buildings. It’s amazing that they don’t get tangled ( or electrocuted) by the chaotic tangle of wires and plumbing. Men were in the street having a shave with cut throat razors,probably sterile,not. We went on to visit Jama Masjid the countries largest mosque where I had to put on a very attractive gown 😬mind You later on Pat had to wear a headscarf at the Sikh temple and we both had to go barefoot😝Thank goodness for the foot spray I brought with me. Both places were really interesting. We even got a look at the Sikh kitchens where they prepare free food daily for anyone who wants it. Anyone can volunteer to help
with the food preparation. The only health and safety rules are you must wash your hands first then anything goes !
After a rather tasty lunch at our hotel including the most wonderful peanut butter biscuits,Pat and I decided to walk out to the shops and market alone OMG it was so stressful ,nobody lets you pass without trying to persuade you to buy. I did relent in a moment of weakness and bought some beautiful braid for my bag making but I’m pretty sure we got ripped off .still where else am I going to get hand sewn braid in such detail........!Then there was the challenge of crossing the roads.As the guide said this morning ,the only rule of the road for drivers is don’t get caught.Tuktuks and motorbikes don’t bother to stop at red lights and nobody respects a zebra crossing.I think we have abandoned the idea of going out tonight to eat and will stay in the safety of our hotel.
Must get a good rest tonight as we have a walking tour of Old Delhi tomorrow.
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