10.01.2017 - 12.01.2017 33 °C
We arrive in Mysore at 9.15am surprisingly sprightly after our 12 hour train journey through the night. We met some lovely people in our carriage and shared our stories about India so far. One thing we love about travelling is the opportunity to meet new people who are so friend!y and willing to chat and you get to share a bit of the is crazy experience with them. For example, meeting Zoe and Ian resulted in finding somewhere for breakfast together and exchanging numbers and it turns out Zoes from New Zealand so we will have friends for when we arrive. I'm hoping we get to catch up then and continue our chat about our travels.
As far as the city goes we learnt pretty quickly that its not for us. It is clear that the city beats to a different drum and the laid back gentle lifestyle we have become accustomed to has been replaced by a hectic and unrelenting environment where you have to keep your wits about you at all times. Crossing a roundabout is a terrifying experience and our usual mode of transport has been replaced by taxis due to one hair raising journey when we crossed many a junction with no regard of traffic and no headlight to be seen.
We have been able to go to some cool sights though such as the Royal palace, in which we befriended an Australian family and hopped on their tour for free, was well worth seeing. It lights up with a 1000 bulbs at night!! The 1000 step climb up Chamundi hill was a bit of type 2 fun. Whilst running away from monkeys (I didn't realise I was so scared of them) and sweating up the long pilgrim path we were rewarded by a beautiful view and some temples at the top plus a monolithic bull halfway up for good measure. We also checked out a bustling fruit and veg market which was certainly an overload on the senses.
It seems however that there isn't much else to do here. The city is sprawled out and difficult to navigate but we have learnt lots in our time here about what we like/don't like and how to manage our trip better. We've learnt lots about ourselves too- how we react to an alien environment so different from our own.
Tonight we look forward to leaving the city and going to Kerala where we have heard about such amazing things. I'm sure we are going to feel much more at home there. First we have a 10 hour bus journey through the night to contend with -eek!
One things for certain - I'm very lucky to have such an amazing companion to share this experience with who is always there to keep me safe and keep me smiling all the way. Hats off to people who manage this on their own.
Onwards and upwards on the next part of our journey.
Love Susie and Rob x