Yesterday was Saturday, my one day off yoga class during the week. I celebrated by sleeping in, and having French toast with honey, bananas and cinnamon for breakfast. And coffee, always coffee. I know chai is the drink here, but I just can’t get into what is basically a tea latte: hot milk, tea, and spices. Hot milk…I just can’t. Sorry.
I’d originally planned to go to Chamundi Hill this morning, but changed my mind when I remember that a couple of guidebooks recommended going during the week, as weekends could get pretty crowded. I ended up doing some souvenir shopping and went out for dinner and drinks with a few of the people staying here.
I went to the Silver Nest to check out the jewelry and mala beads. The shop itself is interesting. It has a very small footprint - in fact, it’s a couple of rooms in a house, just off the dining room. One room has displays of beads, brass statues, and a few other things. The other room has a table with four chairs, where you can sit to browse through boxes and boxes and still more boxes of jewelry. The shop owner, Meena, will bring you a box full of bracelets, or pendants, or rings, or - as in my case - pretty much everything. I picked through boxes full of anklets, rings, earrings, pendants (there was an entire box of Ganesha pendants), and bracelets. My visit coincided with the family’s late afternoon lunch happening in the next room. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do - it seems rude to get up and leave, walking through the family dining room to exit. I might’ve felt more awkward about it if a few other shoppers hadn’t come in to shop just then, so I stayed and kept browsing through all the boxes full of pretty, shiny things.
I hadn’t expected to spend quite so long shopping, so I ended up hanging out at Depth ‘n Green for coffee and what I’m pretty sure was a vegan chocolate chip cookie. They look more tempting than they taste, but I guess I kind suspected that before I ordered it. I finished reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante - it was amazing. I’m regretting not having brought my Kindle; if I had, I’d have downloaded the other 3 books in the series.
After that, I headed back to the guesthouse planning to call it a day, but the guesthouse owner and a few of his friends and other guests were headed out to The Barge for dinner.
That’s it…another day in India, wrapped. I can’t believe I’m nearly halfway through my time here.