First stop in Bangalore was a Hindu temple, where you could quite literally spend the whole day! You walk in and see the temples, and religious aspects of it. Once you are done with that, you can buy some books, incense, or other souvenirs to remind yourself of the day. Walk a little further and you get to the food: sandwiches, rice, desserts, and other delicacies - you could have a full meal! Then, right before you leave the temple, there was a scale that measured your BMI. I mean, really, what else could you ask for from your place of worship?
As for my favorite part? While it was all really pretty and interesting, I'm going to have to say my attention was mostly on the tiny little kitten that could barely walk he was so young. It was ADORABLE.
Next stop, shopping. There was an area in Bangalore full of American stores, with American prices. The problem was that the clothes were fit for smaller Indian women, and nothing fit me well!
So instead of dealing too much with that, I bought two Salwar Kameezes to wear to work. Cute huh? They remind me of pajamas, and I think its pretty cool that I get to wear something so comfy and pretty to work! There was also a 12 story mall that we stopped in for awhile. Not too exciting, but the view from the top of the parking garage was pretty amazing!
For a city of over 5 million people, there really doesn't seem to be any place for them! The parking garage was the tallest building around, but I guess everything in the area is just very dense.
The food we had in Bangalore was pretty amazing too! I really do like Indian food, but the stuff that they have on campus is already getting old.
We went to one place called Cosmo Village for appetizers, a meal (I had Thai noodles), and three drinks each, and it cost more than our 48 hour driver. And yet, it still wasn't expensive by American standards. This is a good place to live it up occasionally! But, pedestrians beware. I saw a European women get hit by an Indian woman on a motorcycle. The European kind of backed off and looked like she was kind of in pain, but rather than apologize or even just ignore the incident, the Indian woman started yelling at her! After that I was VERY careful crossing the street...
On the way home we stopped by a Banyan tree that spread over 3 acres, and that was pretty cool! It was all locals there, and the four American girls stuck out like sore thumbs!
We asked a man to take our picture there, and afterwards he told us to take a picture of his family with our camera. It was kind of weird, but to top it off, 4 guys who were making fun of us also asked us to take their picture after watching the previous scene. I don't really understand the thought process there, but we didn't take the picture.
I also took a video of a small town between Bangalore and Mysore. The steadiness isn't great, but you can't expect much when you are on the roads around here! Ignore the talking, but I think that the video gives a better sense of the atmosphere around here. Its a lot greener than I was expecting, and there are lots of mountains too. Its really beautiful actually! The weather is fantastic too! I was so afraid that it would be constantly hot and rainy, but I've been cold outside during the day in a t-shirt and jeans. The first big rain was only today, too. So far so good!
In other news, I've begun taking yoga classes. Mysore is well-known for its yoga instructors and this seems like a great place to learn. (Link to my instructor's website to come, I hear hes really amazing) After my first class I came back to my room and lit incense, and I was feeling really zen. :) Might as well try the culture out, when I'm here! We'll see if I turn into a yoga guru anytime soon...
This weekend me and three other girls went to Bangalore to do some shopping. We hired a taxi driver, Nagraj to drive us wherever we wanted, any time of day, for 48 hours. It took about 3 hours to get there, but it was good to see some of rural India on the way. The driving was pretty scary at times though! I had to close my eyes a couple of times because I thought we were going to get hit, or kill someone on a motorcycle. So far so good though!