Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Beautiful Day

Monday was one of those perfect days you wish would roll around more often. It was a holiday here (although which holiday none of us knows.) Normally for the folks I work with, a holiday means a day you sleep in 30 minutes, dress down and work from home. But Monday my flat mates and I got up and came in the dining room about the same time, looked at each other and said “stuff it we’re going to take an actual holiday.”

I was the only one who was really up and ready for the day, so I called the other two guys who work with us and asked if they wanted to take the car and explore for a while in the morning. They were up for it so the 3 of us went and explored Humayun’s Tomb, a world heritage site. Since we got there around 10AM and Delhi is not a morning city, we were nearly alone there for about the first 40 minutes. Then, just as we moved onto the big, centerpiece of the site, 5 tour buses full of German tourists moved it, things were a little less peaceful after that, but still interesting.

We eventually got tired of taking pictures (well, to be more truthful, two of our cameras had dead batteries.) So, we found our driver and had him drive us in the nice air conditioned car past India Gate (basically Delhi’s version of the Arc de Triomphe) and then headed back home to let the others have a go at the car and to cool off (it hit 107 here yesterday.)

Since the second group to get the car was my flat mates I decided to tag along with them also to our favorite market, Khan Market. We started by booking hotel rooms at a resort a few hours out of the city for this weekend. We’re going to stay at a former fort/palace built in the 1400’s. Then we split up to shop for a few hours. I hit my favorite book stores and stocked up for the trip, then went to my favorite juice bar/coffee shop for a light snack and got a head start on my reading. Eventually we all met up again and headed back home for an afternoon nap.

A few hours later we invited everyone over to our flat and ordered in Thai food for a group dinner. We finished the night in front of the telly catching a cricket match and eating brownies E made. The end to an all around beautiful day, the kind Bono & the boys must have been thinking about when they wrote Beautiful Day:

You’re on the road

But you’ve got no destination

You’re in the mud

In the maze of her imagination

You love this town

Even if that doesn’t ring true

You’ve been all over

And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day

Don’t let it get away

It’s a beautiful day

Since the batteries in my camera were the first to die, I’ll add pictures of the Tomb in another post. Pin It


Leonardo said...

yes, you can run, but you can't HIDE! :-) I guess I am deleting my blog, I dont want take any chances.. or, maybe, just write all in PORTUGUESE so none of our "mates" will be able to read! :-) Know what I am saying ? NO WORRIES! :-) Leo

Jen said...

So, how long are you in India for? I think you have my vote for most awesome job...:)

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