Great Market day!

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
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Trip End Nov 27, 2011


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Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Friday, November 18, 2011

Got in at 2:30 a.m. Met graciously by hotel driver. So many "greeters" with signs with folks names on them.  Always wonder how they can spot us out of the arrivees so we don't have to look through all of them!  Guess there aren’t that many white folks :). 

Breakfast buffet to die for! Even my oatmeal and warm milk!  I think they cover every nationalities' needs! Getting my a.m. Yoga in each day so far so body is holding up well.  Mary – Gunther has been awesome – nothing like having creature comforts when you wake in the middle of the night. 

Krishna was our driver for the day.  Kept explanations simplified and easy to understand.  First stop City Market and created with a “dead man” blocking traffic with a crowd around him and a truck readying to haul him away – no Seriously!  Driver just took it matter-of-factly.  Enormous amount of people at such markets and with their strong beliefs I guess that’s just how it goes.  We were a tad apprehensive – not a white face anywhere which usually means we are trailed and hassled so Krishna came with us to start.  After 5 minutes we knew we were fine and actually felt very comfortable and welcomed.  Many saying “what country?” and all smiling at us. Hadn’t felt this comfortable in such crowds in India.  Several asking me to take their picture so they could see it.  Perhaps they are used to white folks more here? 

Pictures tell it all – hadn’t been to a flower market such as this – thousands and thousands of marigolds, roses, jasmine being threaded by hand into garlands.  Attached pic shows a lady with one rose in her hand who gave it to me and gestured for me to put in my hair – and then indicated I needed another for the other ear.  Blessed the first time today by a young man who told me what the brightly coloured piles were as seen in another attached picture.  Fruit and veggies looked fabulous – must keep Indians healthy. 

On to Bull Temple.  An elephant carved out of a rock on top of a small hill.  He is Nandi, Shiva’s Vahana (vehicle).  We circled inside the small temple and then another blessing!  Rich blessed as well by monk as picture shows.  Nice to be away from typical touristy haunts.  Just locals & families coming and going like the small girl and her pregnant Mom in picture – reminded me of Zac and Brenda.  It is groundnut season (another festival time for India) –peanuts – roasted, dry, wet, any kind you desire.  All taken in small quantities to be offered to various deities.

Stopped at Rich’s favourite bookstore “Gangarum” for his infamous fabric covered notebooks for boys (and others).  Great selection and I could have spent all day there.  Delightful young sales clerk kept insisting I look at this and did I see that...didn’t like snake’s on patterns...so she teased and said she’d come to my house with snakes.  Lots of fun and many treasures – even another Tuktuk truck for Zac. 

Krishna then became most insistent that we stop at a rug store and so we did to appease him even though we were pooped.  Went in, turned around and insisted on being taken to hotel.

Back at 4 pm for a small lunch/dinner, glass of wine and R his Kingfisher beer in the Irish pub :) in our hotel.  Fell asleep for a few hours, skipped dinner and slept off and on through night.

I liked today for all the interactions with local people – connections & relating.
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Debsie Fellows :) on

Wish I was there too :) .... sounds fabulous!!! Deelight tours???

Tim on

You reference a bunch of pictures, but they aren't showing up. There area couple in the album, but missing others...

bevin
bevin on

Thanks Tim!! it's slow uploading so I stopped midway :) now have time to do some more. Tell Zac Granny Bee an Gramps rode in a Tuk Tuk (his taxi) today :).

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