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bus food drink…

bus

Went to Vijayawada by public transport for the first time, previously i had always gone with the doctors (there is a rotating population of Italian paediatricians here at this time) in a fancy air conditioned car…it costs 2600 Rupees (€43) to hire that car and driver for the day.
This time i went with Z, she has been volunteer teaching here for 5 months now so she is a pro at all this stuff…so we took the 252B bus from Gannavaram. No seat…standing…and the scrum to get a seat should one become free is quite a sight. These elegant ladies in their sari’s suddenly become monsters!…anyway, the bus costs 13 Rupees (21 cents)…that’s more like it…that’s the last time i take the car! The gangway inside is packed and we often take small pothole strewn roads to pick up people from small villages…It’s a challenge to my inner balance just to remain standing…but we get to Vijayawada safe and sound..love it.

food

… i know this place looks a bit ropey…and if we want to there are some fancy air conditioned restaurants in town. But you have to take a chance on local food i think. Anyway the place on the busy Besant road was packed with families so it seemed OK. Actually the food was great. This is the special Thali…vegetarian, don’t ask me what everything is, am still trying to work it out but there was sambar, pickle and 2 veggie curries, yoghurt……price 55 Rupees (90 cents)…yum… Am getting quite good at eating with my hand (right hand only, remember left hand in India is for less sanitary affairs!)

drink

another foody revelation…freshly pressed sugar cane…wow…so good…sweet (obviously) but also fragrant with a hint of gingery spice… cost 6 Rupees (10 cents)…and the machine that they use to press the sugar cane is beautiful…

all videos filmed with flip mino HD (third generation)

airline food and changing time zones…

9.50 AM

…Breakfast is served. Morning flight  to London from Edinburgh. I LOVE airline food,  almost all my travelling these days is via budget airlines, so “free” airline food has become very exotic for me…

On the other hand i always loved airline food…and yes i know it tastes awful…but…i just love how it all comes compartmentalised…all the mini purpose-built utensils…a place for everything and everything in its place…

3.45 AM

Lunch is served on a flight from London to Hyderabad…
Hurrah for the flights to India, the food is pretty good. Notice a rather decent Faustino Rioja just out of focus there…

While on board i make sure to never decline the offer of wine…not to drink on board, but instead to take with me for my stay in india and to savour at a later date. I manage to accumulate 4 small bottles…I found wine pretty hard to come by last time i was in India, where i am going it is not sold in supermarkets in the nearest city of Vijayawada and the “off licences” are hidden, clandestine affairs…

sweet,salty,spicy…

10.15 PM

but with the time change really

3.45 AM

as we are nearing Hyderabad…breakfast is served again…


Damn should have taken the veggie option!!…i gaze enviously at everyone else who is tucking into some yummy looking indian spicy chickpea/veg affair while i am faced with this…

a challenge i will admit even with my love of this particular genre of food (allegedly that is a cheese frittata by the way)

4.30 AM

we land, the heat is somewhat overwhelming after the chilly night i spent in Edinburgh airport at the beginning of all this…

6.00 AM

Hyderabad airport – after 1 and a half hours waiting for bags, customs etc…Bliss in the form of the plaza lounge, you can purchase a room for 6 hours for 2200 rupees (€35), a lot of money in india and a lot of money for me come to think of it. For your money you get a windowless cubicle pretty much the size of a double bed but scrupulously clean, with its own bathroom and internet…and free food in the lounge HURRAH!!  6 hours till my next flight, at last i can sleep…

to Vijayawada and back…

Been to the babies home today, here in the orphanage, where i saw a baby one week old found abandoned in a bin and brought here. Then there was another one left in a bag filled with food and clothes for the baby. In all there are about a 6 or 7  babies here right now, sometimes there are more, last year there were 20. But the good news is that they pretty much all get adopted by Indian families.

Went to Vijayawada, a proper Indian city. Never saw a single western face never mind a tourist. Did see a statue of Lenin though. P1000527_small

Went to an Indian restaurant, a real one mind, no cutlery and fiery hot pickles, its actually quite liberating trying to eat sauce with your fingers, only use your right hand mind, the left hand is for less sanitary matters…not sure what left handed folks do. So you find yourself thinking in cliches, but people ARE incredibly friendly here and very kind. They will invite you into their home even if they have almost nothing.

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montage_comm_catholic

Catholicism and communism are very present in the area

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A walk in to the village next door shows up just what a little oasis i am living in, in the orphanage, but again, people are always kind and proud of what they have.