16 August 2003 – Here I am in India

Well, I’ve arrive safe and well if a bit late. The flight was delayed by three hours due to a bloomin’ power cut in America. Spent part of the flight watching a Bollywood film called Jism…which was fun for about five minutes.

Dehli is absolutely mad. Completely nothing like Manningham (Bradford); except for all the asian people of course. It pissed it down on my way from the airport to the hotel and my bike box got ruined. It was on top of the taxi and got very wet. The hotel is fine. I paid a bit extra for a/c seeing as it’s my first night and it’s really hot and sweaty here).

So, from my hotel I took a brief promenade down the main bazaar which is the street just off from my hotel called Pahaganj. Very muddy road heaving with people trying to see all sorts of nic naks and the like. Almost as soon as I stepped on the street I was confronted by a mangy dog shitting yellow liquidy stuff. It obviously hasn’t been too hygenic. Then I was met by a cow that was just minding it’s own business lolling down the street as if it owned the place.

Well, Col should be here soon and we’ll have to plan our way to Manali. I might have to catch a bus. I can’t say I’ve fully adapted yet but for a first day it’s not too bad. I think I prepared myself for an absolute horror but it’s turned out to be not so horrific…just a bit barmy (in more than one sense of the word).

I haven’t eaten yet as just not hungry but i’m looking forward to a bit of curry.

I will write more when i’ve more to tell. Words can’t quite paoint the picture of what it’s like here. I’ve been here for four hours now and i’ve only been in one main street and a side street so it’s all been a little claustrophobic (but not in a bad way).

Anyway, you can expect more humour in my future emails. This one is just to get you started.

Please forward this to Dad’s email (and tell me what it is so I can copy him in in the future) so him and mum can be kept abreast of my goings on and all that.

Right, must dash as i’ve got some experiences to get.

All the best


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Waamo Somali Cafe, Lawrence Hill…delicious

Last year, intrigued by a bit of something different,  I stumbled upon Waamo Somali Cafe in Bristol on a lunchtime drive back from a work visit. A trifle daunted, I put on a bold face and walked in to be greeted by a room full of Somali chaps and the wafting smells of a new and mysterious cuisine. I would like to briefly tell of my experiences in this fabulous little place.

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